Monday, March 14, 2011

Everyone ate hamentashen…

Although she’s extremely busy with Adar-related activities and the bagruyot, the Resident Ulpanistit – and her talented team of adorable assistants BA”H – managed to find time to do some Purim baking:

IMG_3370You might recognize them from two years ago

Orange Hamentashen

Adapted from this recipe


  • 1 seedless orange – well-scrubbed, unpeeled, and quartered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder (i.e. one envelope for my Israeli readers)
  • 3½ cups flour


Grind the orange quarters (yes, including the peels) in the food processor until fine. Add sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs and mix. Add baking powder and flour and mix until blended.

Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes before rolling out and forming into hamentashen. (We use copious amounts of chocolate chips for the filling.) Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until done.

Yields: About 45 hamentashen. (They freeze well.)



  1. Yum! I made some dough and put it in the freezer yesterday. Middle son and hubby may do the rest on Thursday night...we shall see.

    I like orange flavor in baking.

  2. Impressive! There is nothing like a fresh home-baked bunch!

  3. I like the idea of the orange flavor too.
    When you write "quartered orange", do you mean "flesh and peel"?

  4. Leora - I like orange flavor in baking.
    It's especially delicious with chocolate filling.

    Daniela - I can confirm that you're right. Purely in the name of science, we made sure to taste one that had opened before freezing the rest.
    After all, the laws of hamentashen clearly state that one is permitted to eat open hamentashen before Purim... :-)

    Ilana-Davita - Yes, the entire orange - peel, flesh and all. (The only reason for quartering the orange is to put less strain on the food processor.)

  5. I like poppy seeds hamontashen and i love anything that has chocolate in it.

  6. Y W - As I noted here, I was raised on yeast-dough hamentashen filled with mohn (poppy seeds), but now I prefer cookie dough filled with chocolate chips.

  7. Anything that lets you use fruit without peeling it first get bonus points for ease!

  8. Ariella - Very true! :-) Tzom kal u'mo'il and happy Purim!

  9. Cookie dough and chocolate chips-!? Ooohhh.... We had trouble even finding oznei Haman in our area, I guess I'll need to store away this recipe for next year. Thanks!

  10. Alexandra - My pleasure! Here in Israel, some grocery stores start selling them the day after Chanukah! :-)


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