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Hamastachen



Okay, so i wasn’t exactly planning to make Hamastachens. Cause frankly speaking, i didnt know what they were.

What i set out to do, was to bake with some of the dates i’ve gotten my hands on a couple of days before.

So i settled with Martha Stewart’s date filled triangles. This was from her cookies book.

Yes, she calls them triangles…

Well, i like to call them Hamastachen. Just because these cookies are shaped exactly the way traditional hamastachens are.  And just because i wanna boast upon the fact that i have been reading enuff to know about the existence of these Jewish cookies.

Why the peculiar shape u ask? Isn’t that a lot of work to get them to shape up?

Well, apparently, these cookies are modeled after Haman’s, the jewish villain’s hat.

Isn’t history fun?

Recipe:

1 1/4  C All purpose flour

1/4 C  Sugar

salt

2 Tsp orange flavoured water

3 TBS ice water

3/4 C dates, pitted

1/3 C sliced Almonds

2TBS orange juice

1/2 tsp whole milk

2 TBS honey

1. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt and half the zest. Pulse to combine.Add butter, pulse till crumbly. Combine  orange flavoured water and ice water. Pulse until dough just comes together. Chill covered for 20 minutes.

2. In a clean bowl of a food processor, combine the dates, almonds, OJ and the remaining zest. Pulse to coarsely chop.

3. Heat oven to 350 F. Form dough to 1.5 inches diameter balls. Flatten into 3.5 inches circles. Place on heaping tsp of date filling on each. Fold the sides towards the centre, making triangles. Press to flatten slightly. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Press again

4. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and honey. Brush on the pastries, Arrange 3 sliced almonds on each pastry. Arrange 3 sliced almonds on each pastry. Bake until golden (30 – 40 mins.) Rotate sheets halfway..

Transfer to wire rach, brush with graze again. let stand of 15 minutes before serving. Cookies can be kept in airtight container for up to 3 days.

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