I rarely do recipes, but I like a daytime party. I love women and to occasionally break out of my writerly isolation with them is a joy.
My friend Yael hosts a Hamentaschen Bake in her home during Purim, and never forgets to invite me, for which I am extremely grateful. Not only do I get some group girl fun, in the time-honored baking tradition, but I get to eat all these delicious cookies which are not that fattening (unless you eat 20 all at once. Which I've never done. Really.) They're three-cornered cookies with a fruit filling. Purim ended on the 20th.
That's Yael in apricot putting egg on the folded cookies before popping them into the oven. Rose is listening and watching, while Rochelle, in foreground, is mastering the art of Hamentaschen shape.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
water or orange juice
poppy seed or other fruit filling. I like apricot and strawberry.
Mix everything together until you have a nice dough.
Take piece by piece from the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin on a floured surface until you get a nice disk.
Taking a drinking glass, use it to make a nice circle.
Fill it up with fruit filling and close it in the shape of a triangle.
Schmeer some egg on uncooked dough.
Yael's grandson being tended by Jaime.
On a non-dietary note, Rudy Ch. Garcia, whom I introduced in last week's Next Big Thing blog, has posted more on his new book Here.