Poppy Seed Hamantaschen

Poppy Seed Hamantaschen

Ingredients:

For the pastry

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for the work surface
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks

For the filling

  • 1 cup whole or low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 oz. poppy seeds, twice-ground
  • 4 tablespoons ground almonds (or ground tea biscuits)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 oz. 100% cocoa unsweetened chocolate

Instructions:

Combine the powdered sugar, the 2 1/2 cups of flour and the butter in a food processor. Pulse to create crumbs. Add the yolks; pulse just until crumbs are formed. Divide the dough in two; gather into 2 disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Make the filling: Stir together the milk, sugar, poppy seeds and ground almonds in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until the milk is absorbed and the mixture has thickened. Stir in the butter and chocolate until well incorporated, then remove from the heat. Cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Have a 3-inch cookie cutter at hand. Liberally dust the working surface with flour. Roll out the first half-portion of dough on the floured surface as thin as possible (about 1/16 thin). Dip the cookie cutter into flour and cut out circles of dough. Reroll the dough as needed.

Use a teaspoon to mound a small amount of the filling in the center of each circle. Lift and pinch the edges of each circle in 3 places spaced evenly apart, to create a triangle; the filling will be partially exposed in the center. Arrange on the baking sheet, spacing them an inch apart.

Bake one sheet at a time for 12-15 minutes or until the pastries are just turning light-golden on the edges.

Transfer the pastries to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Yields about 30 hamantaschen.
Thanks to Vered Gutman for the recipe!
“Oznei Haman” (Haman’s ears) – a traditional Purim treat of pastry filled with jam, poppy seeds, halva, chocolate or dates.