In the week leading up to Purim, we set out to find the best hamantaschen in NYC. Here are our results.
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Purim is this weekend, and Jewish bakeries all over the city are hard at work churning out hundreds of the delicious, triangle-shaped cookies known as hamentashen. Of course, many bakeries sell them year round, but Purim is when they are meant to be eaten. I traveled around Queens, home to so many Jewish bakeries, to find the best of the best.
Tonight marks the beginning of Purim, a Jewish holiday that all of us sweets lovers know for hamantashen—triangular, jam-filled crumbly cookies traditionally eaten on the holiday. What's your favorite filling?
Cupcake Project Hamantashen cupcakes aren't just cupcakes topped with a hamantashen. Stef of Cupcake Project explains that, like the cookie, the cupcakes are also triangle-shaped, have a sugar cookie flavor, and filled with jam—and then they're topped with a hamantashen. Cookie-topped cake? I like the sound of that. (Stef also shares a recipe for making hamantashen.) [via Cupcakes Take the Cake] Related: How Much Should a Hamantaschen Weigh?...
As I was passing a neighbor yesterday morning on my way to work, she shouted out, "Happy Purim, Ed." And so I say to all of you, Happy Purim. I have no idea what Purim is all about, except that I think that someone named Esther triumphed over a dude named Haman. All I really know about Purim is that you get to eat hamantaschen, sweet triangular cookielike pastries filled in their exposed center with poppyseeds or prune or raspberry jam.
Purim starts tonight, and one of the traditional foods associated with the holiday is Hamantaschen. The triangular treats are said to either resemble the villain Haman's tri-corner hat or his triangular pockets (hamantaschen literally means "Haman's pockets"). Though originally associated...