Sunday, March 12, 2017

PURIM! March 11 2017 14th of Adar, 5777

Hamantaschen, just like in Kishenev.
Mohn, Cherry-date, walnut-pecan-pistachio, raspberry, and, yes, fudge.
Iced by the boys, signed by Naveed ,and there you have it -
 Plenty to eat and plenty to give as Misholah Monas gifts (aka Purim Mitzva #3]

Misholah Monas for Flossie

"The  FAVORITE FILLING" REPORT:  you will need about 1.5 cups of filling, max, per recipe.
(max 2 favorites per customer.)

HONEY NUT .Rumeli and Mikej's Favorite
CHOCOLATE  from a fudge brownie mix.  Selim & Naveed's favorite
THICK RAPBERRY JAM Carel's favorite
MOHN  Mikej's ,and Carel's fave in general,  but whenever I make it, it tastes "stale".  
Maybe I'll resort to a can next year..
The best hamantaschen, hands-down, are these  from Dawn Perry, whoever she is :)  (though I should revisit Ronnie P's "Jews Are Best Hamantaschen" recipe from the 1970s.)  
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3½"-diameter cookie cutter {I used a mason j  ar lid.)
  • Whisk baking powder, salt, and 4 cups flour in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add 2 eggs one at a time, beating to combine after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl.
  • Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients; mix until dough comes together. Divide dough in half and form into two ¾"-thick disks. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
  • Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Let 1 disk of dough sit at room temperature until softened slightly, about 30 minutes.
  • Roll out dough on a very lightly floured surface to about ¼" thick, dusting with flour as needed (use as little flour as possible). Cut out 3 1/2" rounds with cutter and, using an offset spatula or bench scraper, transfer to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Gather up scraps, reroll, and cut out additional rounds.
  • Lightly beat remaining egg in a small bowl to blend. Working a few at a time, brush edge of rounds with egg, then place 1 1/2 tsp. filling in center. Fold sides up to make a triangle, pinching points gently to seal and leaving about 1" surface of filling exposed.
  • FOLD first, then  PINCH
  • Brush sides of folded dough with egg. Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until bottoms are golden brown, 18–22 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets.
Do ahead: Dough can be made 2 days ahead; keep chilled. Cookies can be made 2 days ahead; let cool and store.  Or longer if you just happen to have a VacuVita  :)

DINNER was take out Pizza aka Purim Mitzva #4: eating a festive meal 
followed by a  
MEGILLA READING aka Purim Mitzva #1, which must include Greggoring out Haman's name
followed by some 
Rabbi Kermit the Frog 
and also by [ex-] Queen Vashti

       aka Felicia Sloin 

The Purim "players:"
"The Over-NIghter" 
with Challah FrenchToast in Bed..

"The Artist"
[see signed work, above]

"The TeenAger" 
in TeenAger pose

The Purim Queens
Alanya planning Pesach,
Rumeli finishing the work left by the escaped boys

and, "lest we forget:"
Traditional Purim Song, Composer Unknown
via the WWG (World Wide Genizah) of  the Kalashnikover Rebbe,
 who also provides the "Hallachic" commentary below.

                                     Oh once there was a wicked wicked man,
                                    And Haman was his name, Sir.
                                    He would have murdered all the Jews,
                                    Tho they were not to blame, Sir.

                                    Oh today we'll merry merry be
                                    Oh today we'll merry merry be
                                    Oh today we'll merry merry be
                                    And nosh some hamentashen.

                                    And Esther was the lovely queen of King Ahashveyrosh
                                    When Haman said he'd kill us all,
                                    Oh my how he did scare us.


                                    But Mordechai her cousin bold
                                    Said: "What a dreadful chutzpah
                                    If guns were but invented now,
                                    This Haman I would shoot, Sir."


The Kalashnikover Rebbe: There is a machloichis (disagreement) whether or not this verse (*) really belongs in the girsa (version). A vast majority of posqim (Jewish legal authorities) leave it out.

                                    *When Esther speaking to the King
                                    Of Haman's plot made mention
                                    "Ha, ha," said he, "Oh, no he won't!
                                    I'll spoil his bad intention."*


                                    The guest of honor he shall be,
                                    This clever Mr. Smarty
                                    And high above us he shall swing
                                    At a little hanging party.


                                    Of all his cruel and unkind ways
                                    This little joke did cure him
                                    And don't forget we owe him thanks
                                    For this jolly feast of Purim.

                                    From the sublime to the ridiculous.  Or was that  vv?

Got this far?  Still wondering about Purim Mitzva #2?  It is giving gifts to the poor.
My offering = Oakland homeless shelter.

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