Like, at all, really.
But I do get homesick and it is a Jewish holiday where these are traditional. My family usually bought them but out here if I don't bake 'em I ain't gonna have 'em. Last year and the year before I was sulking/procrastinating but last night I cowboyed up and made them and they're actually really easy.
⅓ cup sugar
4 tbsp. oil
4 tbsp. apple juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1½ cup flour
Pinch of salt
And jam for filling! You need jam. Apricot would have been far more traditional but my DH does not eat apricot so I made them with raspberry jam.
Cream sugar, oil, juice, egg and vanilla.
Add baking powder, salt and flour.
Mix until the dough forms a ball which is not sticky.
Roll the dough out, about ⅛″ thick. Using a circle cookie cutter, or the mouth of a glass, cut as many circles as possible. (Note: if you are la di dah, realize at THIS moment and no earlier in the process you own no rolling pin, end up rolling out with a wine bottle).
Remove remaining dough, roll and repeat.
Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle, and fold intro triangles.
Bake at 350° F (175 C) for 15–20 minutes.
Allow to cool before eating.
They have to be folded into triangles to be hamentaschen!
Mine had a little more jam centre showing than this and weren't as neat
This is a stripped down recipe, some people go batsh*t for various additions like lemon peel or orange juice instead of apple juice or they do all this and then dip them in chocolate and jimmies or whatever, but I just wanted basic hamentaschen that had no dairy in them. They came out well, so anyone who can actually bake should have no trouble.
I didn't have a cookie cutter so I just used a glass. It's only a circle you want so no big deal.
EDIT: I am 99% sure that my dough actually wasn't rolled out to 1/8th" inch thickness with the help of a bottle of red wine, and that is why I only got 12 instead of 20 - but they still tasted fine.
Edited by la di dah, 24 February 2013 - 02:22 PM.