Wait- let me back up- do you know what Hamentaschen are? They are delicious triangle cookies with something delicious in them. Here's one:
|Photo by Grongar|
Like I said, I've tried to make them. And while I'd like to say it's easy, for me it's been rough. Some years I try to get creative, like Nutella filled ones. They ended up very dry and kind of tasteless. Then I tried the traditional route, but all I got were poppy seeds all over the house, and some not so yummy cookies.
So, this year it's time to try again. I think I say that every year. Only this year I think that little EG might be big enough to help. I'm not a crazy wild woman, but after dinner sometime this week I'm going to attempt to make Hamentaschen with EG. She can help me mix, and since we'll be heading for a bath at 6:45pm anyways, any mess she gets all over herself will just go down the drain... I hope....
Here are a few resources I'm using this year:
Overtime Cook Round-up
-especially the savory ones she mentions, dinner on Tuesday anyone?
- I will also be using her tips here to try and make mine stay together!
-Her basic recipe is here, but check them all out
I think it's apropos that I'm trying to follow a new recipe this week, especially given the Parasha we have in Vayikra. No, Leviticus doesn't much go into baking, but rather we see a specific set of rules and order to sacrifice on these pages. Do this, then this- eat this, don't touch that, etc. It can get a bit tiresome, but that's sort of the way it is with baking. As Alton Brown has taught us, the science behind the baking can't be ignored. A little too much flour, not enough baking powder, all heck breaks loose with our dough. Maybe it's the same with Vayikra- follow the story, follow G-d to understand what's right and wrong. We don't sacrifice animals anymore, but still Vayikra shows us the way.