Let me begin by including the very first Hamantaschen Bake-off from March, 2011…yes, 2011!
Purim 2021, February 25th and it was time for our annual Hamantaschen Bake-off @ Sharyn & Joel’s home. We had all gotten our vaccines and felt confident enough in these times of Covid to get together. PS…the kitchen door was open for a little extra air 🙂
Say hello again to Chef Sharyn & Joel…The host & hostess with the most and mostess!
So the way it happens is Chef Sharyn bakes for her family prior to my arrival. When I arrive and walk into the kitchen, it’s then that I start the baking process by using her recipe to bake for our family and walk out with 50 or 60 Hamantaschen. I get a refresher course each year since she’s the head baker and I’m simply following her recipe.
For this year there was a surprise. Sharyn had decided to add one more filling that turned out to be טָעִים מְאוֹד…ie…wonderful! It was Nutella!
Believe it or not, I had never eaten Nutella. My perception was that if it was flavored with hazelnuts I wouldn’t like it. Never liked flavored coffee…ie…hazelnut coffee…and that was my mindset when it came to Nutella. Boy…was I surprised at how much I enjoyed these.
Now…A bit about the recipe…
Chef Sharyn has been using this hamantaschen recipe since 1992 from Temple Israel in Lawrence, L.I. New York. The recipe has evolved just a bit over the years because her sons Andrew & Garrett (of Andrew & Garrett fame) and Mr. Smoooooth liked extra filling and cutting 2″ rounds just didn’t cut it. 🙂 Today they are closer to 3″ rounds and filled with close to 2 teaspoons of all the wonderful flavors.
Now after reading what I wrote in 2011, I remember filling these with preserves. Hmmmmm…gonna get permission from Chef Sharyn to see if I could work my fave Bon Maman preserves into the next Hamantaschen Bake-off. I think after reading about the Bon Maman family, it might be a bit easier to gain her approval to work these into her recipe. Whaddayathink?
Parfaitement douce Bonne Maman French Preserves…My Favorite!
Sooooo…to Chef Sharyn I say sincerely…
Thank YOU for another wonderful baking experience and Sandy & I hope you & Joel had a Happy Purim!
Say hellooooo to Mr. Smoooooth 🙂
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These are the best! Nutella is delicious!! The apricot hamantashen are my personal fave!! Yum!!!!!!
Hi Bert,you have quite the list of culinary pleasures.The Hamanstashen looks beautiful!Interesting story behind the pastry!Happy 10th Anniversary!!