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March 16, 2011

Hamantaschen!!

human1) Poppy Seed

2) Everything else

The NY Times has a great piece today on hamantaschen, from Tel Aviv to Paris.

“I put out only a few humantashen the weeks before Purim,” said Florence Kahn, owner of a celebrated Eastern European bakery in the Marais that bears her name. “I like to whet my customers’ appetites so that they remember that the holiday is coming.” 

Who's got the best hamantaschen in Baltimore? Who has a good recipe? This one ran in today's Taste section.

Why has no one thought of hamantaschen Peeps?

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 9:22 AM | | Comments (8)
        

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Last night I made my first batch ever, using this recipe, which lead to a big cookie, a little crumbly and not cake like at all (if that's how you like it, I do)
:
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2009/03/hamantashen-recipe-tips-to-make-perfect.html

I folded, not pinched, and most of them stayed together. Over enthusiastic filling application led to a few explosions.

Half I filled with Trader Joes Cherry Preserves (the kind that looks like pie filling). The rest are filled with Solo poppy seed filling, which is okay but I think I'll make my own next year.

The best hamantaschen I've had is sold at The Daily Grind on Thames Street in Fells Point, but you have to ask for it because it doesn't sell well so they don't offer it daily. They do not make it themselves and I do not know who their supplier is, but every Jewish person I've asked to taste the hamantaschen said it is hands down THE best. The crust is similar to shortbread, and I'm quite certain it is not kosher. I've only had the poppyseed (what other filling is authentic?). My sister is a caterer at a kosher-style synagogue and she doesn't bother trying to replicate it -- she acknowledges it is better than hers by leaps and bounds.

The best hamantaschen I've had is sold at The Daily Grind on Thames Street in Fells Point, but you have to ask for it because it doesn't sell well so they don't offer it daily. They do not make it themselves and I do not know who their supplier is, but every Jewish person I've asked to taste the hamantaschen said it is hands down THE best. The crust is similar to shortbread, and I'm quite certain it is not kosher. I've only had the poppyseed (what other filling is authentic?). My sister is a caterer at a kosher-style synagogue and she doesn't bother trying to replicate it -- she acknowledges it is better than hers by leaps and bounds.

Anon - those could be from American Hearth Bakery, they are used by a lot of local places. Eddies in Roland Park carries some of their items, I've seen the hamentaschen there.

I don't know what hamantaschen Peeps would look like, but you could totally make Peeps hamantaschen. I wonder if you could leave the little heads sticking out and they would survive the baking process.

Goldman's Bakery in Fallstaff Shopping Center. The place hasn't changed in 40 years. Bright,clean & friendly. The best Hamantaschen too.

Gregory is the ONLY person who has a clue.

The Amish market up in Cockeysville has some good Hamantaschen, both poppy and fruit filled.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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