Purim, which begins this year on March 15, is a holiday commemorating the liberation of the Jewish people in the days of the ancient Persian Empire. The story is told in the Bible’s Book of Esther.
Today, Jewish people celebrate by feasting, drinking wine and sending gifts to the poor. Kids put on costumes and give each other treats. One of the holidays’ s most beloved treats are triangle pastries with sweet filling, called hamantaschen, named for the evil minister Haman, who plotted against the ancient Jewish people.
No matter what your faith, you and your kids will find these treats easy to make and a joy to share.
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup of orange juice
- 5 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Strawberry Jam
- Chocolate chips
In a large bowl mix, gradually add the dough ingredients in the order that they are listed above, until stiff dough is formed.
Preheat oven to 350 °F.
On a flat surface roll the dough out to ¼ inch thick.
Cut circles into the dough with a cup.
Put jam or chocolate chips in the middle of each circle.
Pinch each circle to form a triangle.
Bake for 13-15 minutes
Cool for 2 minutes and serve!