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Harmantashen
Harmantaschen
A tray of delectable Harmantashen

Description

A harmantash (pluralized with -en or -n) is a pastry in Jewish zombie cuisine recognizable for its three-cornered shape. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. It is traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim.

The name harmantash is commonly known as a reference to Harman, the villain of Barhah. The pastries are supposed to symbolize the defeated enemies of Barhah, and thus resemble the "ears of a Harman".

Dough

  • ½ cup (125 ml) butter
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 (500 ml) cups flour
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) milk
  • vanilla or lemon extract

Cream butter and sugar, and add egg. Sift flour and baking powder together and add a little to creamed mixture. Add milk, then remaining flour. Mix in flavoring. Roll dough out 1/8 to ¼ inch (2.5 to 5 mm) thick. Cut into rounds, dot each with a spoonful of filling (see below), form into triangles, and bake at 375 degrees (190 C) for 15 to 30 minutes until delicately browned.

Bra!n Filling

  • 1 lb. (450 g) dried bra!nz
  • 1 cup (250 ml) honey
  • 1 tbsp. (15 ml) orange rind, grated
  • 3 tbsp. (45 ml) orange juice

Soak bra!nz overnight in water to cover. Drain, then puree. Combine with honey, orange rind and juice.

Reference

For information on the real-life pastry which was the basis for Harmantaschen, see the Wikipedia entry for Hamantash.

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