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Prize-Winning Hamantaschen March 2, 2015

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Alice’s First Place poppy seed hamantaschen!

 

Recipe adapted from the Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer.

The Jewish holiday of Purim is a little bit Halloween (costumes and sweets are involved), a little bit Mardi Gras (imbibing and parties too!), but there are a few staples: retelling the story of Esther, Mordecai, and the dastardly Haman, usually as a fun play; a drink or two, and noshing on hamantaschen, triangle-shaped cookies with a variety of fillings.

This year we hosted our first (but not the last!) Hamantaschen Bake Off with great success.  Adults and children each submitted entries in either Traditional flavors (prune, poppy, apricot, or strawberry – a recent “traditional” addition, that last one) or Gourmet, which covered everything else and then some!

I’m so proud to say that my girls who already enjoy baking have been inspired by BBC/PBS’s Great British Bakeoff/Baking Show and were more than eager to enter the contest.  We started with the same basic dough recipe, and then Adeline turned hers into chocolate chip hamantaschen with a white chocolate drizzle, and peanut butter and chocolate hamantaschen. Alice went traditional with poppy seed and strawberry.

Alice’s poppy seed entry won first place in the Kids Traditional category, and her strawberry took third!  Adeline’s chocolate chip entry tied for third in a crowded field of Kids Gourmet!

Ingredients

Dough:

3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
dash salt
For the chocolate chip and peanut butter versions, you’ll need 3 oz of chocolate, chopped to less than 1/4″ pieces.

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Filling:

1. Chocolate chip hamantaschen: mini chocolate chips, and/or chopped chocolate
2. Poppy seed hamantaschen: prepared poppy seed filling
3. Strawberry hamantaschen: seedless strawberry jam
4. Peanut butter chocolate hamantaschen: two parts peanut butter to one part powdered sugar

Directions

In a large bowl mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour and salt, and mix until dough comes together. If making the chocolate chip or peanut butter version, add the chopped chocolate to the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for one hour to firm up

Preheat oven to 350F. Line two or three large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, or plan to bake in batches. Divide the dough in half. Take another two pieces of parchment and sprinkle flour on one, place the dough half on top, then sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough.

Place the second piece of parchment on top of the dough and roll on top of the parchment until the dough is about ¼ inch thick. Every few rolls, peel back the top parchment and sprinkle a little more flour on the dough. Use a 2-3 inch drinking glass or round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles.

Place up one teaspoon of filling in the center of the dough circle and then fold the three sides in towards the middle to form a triangle, leaving a small opening in the center. Pinch the three sides together very tightly. Repeat with the remaining dough and scraps, making sure to sprinkle a little flour under and over the dough before you roll.

Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned but the tops are still light. Slide the parchment paper onto wire racks to cool the cookies. If desired, drizzle melted chocolate across the cookies. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days or freeze for up to three months.

 

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Peanut Butter Fudge June 2, 2013

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Before we realized chocolate was bad for dogs, this was a favorite of Kippy’s, our malamute. When you opened the refrigerator to get a slice of fudge, she would sit next to the fridge at full attention until we gave her a little sliver.

 

Ingredients

1 large Hershey’s chocolate bar

2/3 cup chunky peanut butter

1 stick salted butter

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat until all ingredients have melted and the mixture just starts to bubble. Pour into an ungreased pie pan and refrigerate to harden.

 

Jen’s variations:

Dice up some caramel squares and add them to the still-warm mixture in the pie pan.

Add some miniature marshmallows to the still-warm mixture in the pie pan.

Line bottom of pan with diced nuts and pour fudge on top.

 

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

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From the Pillsbury Book of Baking.

 

Ingredients

½ cup sugar

½ brown sugar

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup peanut butter

2 Tbl milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 ¾ cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

 

Direction

Cream sugars and butter together. Add peanut butter, milk, vanilla and egg, and mix well. Add in flour and baking soda, and mix well. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough onto a cookie sheet. Use a fork dipped in granulated sugar to press hatch-marks in the top of each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

 

 

Chocolate Kisses Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

2 2/3 cups flour, sifted

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup + granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

5 dozen Hershey Kisses, foil removed

 

Directions

Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside. Cream butter and peanut butter. Add vanilla. Add one cup white sugar, one cup brown sugar and beat until smooth. Add flour and blend thoroughly. Shape dough into one tsp balls and roll in some granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet two inches apart and bake at 350 degrees for eight minutes. Remove and press a Kiss into the middle of each cookie. Bake for two more minutes. Remove to wire rack and let cool. Makes five dozen.

 

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

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Ingredients

Crust:

6 oz semisweet chocolate chips (@ 1 cup)

5 Tbl butter

2 ½ cups crisp rice cereal

¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Filling:

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp real vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

Topping:

3 oz milk chocolate

2 Tbl heavy cream

milk chocolate for curls to garnish

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Crust: 

Melt 6 oz chips and butter in double boiler on low heat. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Gently stir in rice cereal until completely coated. Set aside to cool until lukewarm and stir in mini chips. Press into bottom and sides of a buttered 9″ pie plate. Chill for 30 minutes.

Filling: 

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in condensed milk, peanut butter and vanilla. In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. Pour filling into chilled crust.

Topping:

In a double boiler, melt the milk chocolate over hot, not simmering, water. Add heavy cream and stir constantly until blended. Set aside to cool slightly, then drizzle the chocolate over the top of the pie. Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours, overnight is best). Garnish with milk chocolate curls. (Use a vegetable peeler on a bar of chocolate to make curls – white and milk chocolate together might look & taste good.).

 

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce April 3, 2013

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Ingredients

1 ½ cups chicken broth

1 cup smooth peanut butter

¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

3 Tbl soy sauce

2 Tbl fresh ginger, peeled and grated

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions

In a 3-quart saucepan, whisk the chicken broth into the peanut butter. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until the sauce is smooth and thick, six to ten minutes. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to three days. To serve reheat the sauce, thinning it with additional chicken broth as necessary.