Rose's Hamantaschen are made with a sweet cookie dough and are filled with a homemade poppy seed filling. She also gives the option to use canned poppy seed filling, which I happened to have in my freezer, so I skipped making the homemade version. I wonder how the homemade compares, as the canned stuff has high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient (boo). The filling in my hamantaschen is really sweet; thankfully Rose has you add lemon zest and some apricot lekvar or preserves to the canned filling so that it tastes of something besides sugar.
The dough is a sweet cookie crust, or a Pate' Sucree, made with turbinado sugar. I didn't take any photos of the making of the dough so I'm just going to skip ahead to the rolling and shaping. :)
|ready to roll|
Half of the dough is rolled out at a time to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Then circles are cut out and the edges washed with an egg wash. I'm guessing this is to help the edges stick to the filling and each other.
|egg wash; but really i included this photo because i love the colors|
Then the poppy seed filling is scooped into the middle of the rounds. I discovered that my newly acquired tiny cookie scoop was the perfect size. This made the distribution of the filling go super fast.
The edges of the dough are folded up to make little triangles.
There's an optional instruction to egg wash the outside of the cookies, which gives them a nice shiny brown color. After the cookies cool, a little apricot glaze is brushed on the poppy seed filling to give them a nice shiny glaze, too. They don't want to miss out on being shiny.
These were a big hit around these parts. The cookie is flaky and buttery and the filling is sweet and lemony. There are lots of variations on the fillings, from fruit jams to chocolate to sweet cheese and even savory. Lots of room for play, which makes this a cookie I'll look forward to repeating.
All those extra egg whites, plus the extra egg white from last week's posset went into making some coconut macaroons. I had leftover coconut from Eliot's birthday party; I had dyed it green to mimic grass (long story, wish I had photos) so I made some green macaroons. I called them Hobbit Hills but Mark calls them Grassy Knolls, which is a play on our last name (Knowles). He was super proud of himself so I can't argue. Then I covered them in chocolate ganache which makes them Muddy Hobbit Hills or Muddy Grassy Knolls.Whichever. They're pretty good but I wish I had baked them for a bit longer.