Hamenstaschen are the traditional food for the Jewish holiday of Purim, representing the 3 cornered hat of the villain of the story, Haman. Or at least, that's the version of the story I learned. :) Whatever the reason, we bake them for Purim, traditionally to deliver as gifts to friends and neighbors. I always made them with my mom growing up, and I decided this year it was time to veganize the family recipe. And what a success! They were a little crispier the first day than I would have liked, but they softened up nicely overnight and were absolutely devoured by my friends who were over for my birthday. (Yup, I'm a Purim baby - my name is not a coincidence!) I may tweak the recipe a bit in the future, but it is well worth trying out now. Hag Sameach! (Happy Holiday! :) )
Makes a little over 2 dozen
Please note: dough must chill for at least 2 hours, so plan accordingly.
3/4 C sugar
2 C flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 C shortening
1 flax egg
2-3 T orange juice
1 can apricot filling (or filling of your choice - poppy seed is the most traditional but apricot is my favorite)
1. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Work shortening in with an electric mixer. Add flax egg and orange juice, mixing until a dough is formed. Start with 2 T of orange juice and add more as neceessary.
2. Chill overnight or a minimum of 2 hours.
3. Roll out 1/8" thick on lightly floured board. Add flour if sticking, and flour the board as well. Cut into 3" circles. Please 1 heaping teaspoon filling in center, and pinch 3 edges together, leaving a small opening.
4. Place on greased or non-stick cookie sheet. Cover with cloth and set aside for half an hour. While waiting, preheat oven to 400. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. If you have more than one tray, bake one tray at a time on middle rack.
So pretty. I didn't have a circle cookie cutter, but these worked out quite well. :)
The old family recipe is actually from the kitchen of a family friend.