Wow my mind has been racing with all my food adventures in the Kosher Guru kitchen. It was really hard to decide what to share with the foodie nation next. I really had in my head a meme entitled “brace your selves for hamantashen blogging “.
Well guess what I jumped on the bandwagon. Normally I love the plain traditional hamantashen, well not filled with prunes or anything, but with a really good jam. However, I went to an event a few weeks ago for Renewal, an organization that matches people in need of kidney transplants with donors. It really is an amazing organization and you should totally check them out.
Well, the event was a cooking demonstration and I came home with some fantastic recipes. I was so inspired by Melinda Strauss of Kitchen Tested and her apple pie fries, that I made a little twist on that and came up with apple pie caramel hamantashen. It’s a few steps individually but it comes together, and it’s so worth it. I first make my pie dough probably the hardest part, I add my flour, vanilla , oil, and sugar I mix that together till it resembles large crumbs then I add in cold water enough so that it becomes a nice flaky dough. Wrap it in plastic then refrigerate for at least a half hour or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days or just freeze and safe for a future use. I used some whole wheat flour in my pie dough-, maybe to make me feel slightly better about eating the entire tray. It’s a little harder to work with but that’s ok if you really want a short cut you can buy store bought pie dough and apple pie filling from a can. I then roll out my dough to about 1/8 ' on parchment paper, and I cut circles with a glass, like I would traditional hamantash. I add my apple filling I made my own but you can use a can of apple pie filling and just blend it so it almost resembles apple sauce. Just about a teaspoon in the center then I pinch my edges toward the center to form the triangle. I line a sheet with parchment paper and place my filled hamatash about ½ inch apart from each other, keep rolling and using up the scraps. Baste the top of each hamantash with an egg diluted with a little water and add on top some turbinado sugar. to those asking themselves what is turbinado sugar, don’t worry that was me not too long ago it’s just coarse sugar also known as sugar in the raw aka the sugar packets in starbucks so I guess if you really want just grab a few of those on your way out the next time but don’t tell them the Kosher Guru sent you.
Most supermarkets carry it now so it’s not hard to find. Well then comes the waiting game those 18 -20 minutes between you and an apple pie hamantash. Oh wait, I forgot almost the best part the caramel sauce of course you can make your own or store bought is yummy too. Drizzle some caramel on those “pies” and maybe let me know if you are making them because I might just show up at your door step.