Given my food obsession, it’s no surprise that I define holidays by the foods associated with them. When it comes to the Jewish holiday of Purim, as far as I’m concerned, there is only one food – hamantaschen. But that’s not the end of the story. Of course, you say. If it’s Jewish, how could it be so simple? Answer – it’s not.
Traditional foods (whether they come from a particular religion, nationality, or geographic region) create partisans of various versions. Hamantaschen is no exception. There are 3 basic requirements for this Ashkenazic Jewish sweet:
- The outside of hamantaschen is dough,
- The dough is folded into a pastry shaped like a 3-cornered hat, a reminder of the 3-corned hat worn by the holiday’s villain, Haman, and
- There is filling in the middle.