עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: זיס און סייווערי האַמענטאַשען אַדישאַן

It’s Purim and even though I am baking-challenged, I decided to try and make Hamentashen. And not just any Hamentashen: Vegan and gluten-free Hamentashen.

פורים האט שטענדיק געווען מיין באַליבט אידישע יום טוּב. It’s one of the few happy holidays and as I recall, the only one where you get to sit in the synagogue and make noise – stamp your feet and play with graggers (noisemakers).

When I was a little girl, I used to love when Purim came along. Not just because I got to be loud in shul but because Purim is like the Jewish version of Halloween. In school, we would dress up in costumes and act out the Book of Esther (מעגיללאַה) and how she saved the Jews from persecution.

I always wanted to be Queen Esther but for some reason, the teachers always chose a blond girl for that. Maybe because the graggers we had showed Esther as a blond and Vashti as a brunette, איך טאָן ניט וויסן. The brunettes ended up being Queen Vashti, their dark tresses flowing as they were beheaded. Hmph!

Telling us that Purim was the Jewish version of Halloween turned out to be a big mistake on the teacher’s part, אָבער. Imagine my embarassment and confusion as I rang people’s doorbells in our South Bronx apartment building, dressed in costume, asking for treats….IN MARCH!!!! I recall neighbors asking me why I was “trick-or-treating” in March instead of October and their befuddled looks as I tried to explain Purim to them. They probably suggested to my parents that I get some help.

ווי איך גאַט עלטערע, I not only stopped “trick-or-treating” in March but I understood the Story of Esther from a more feminist perspective. We were always taught that Queen Vashti was bad, that she was wrong, that she was defiant. In actuality, she was a feminist, a strong woman who refused to be told what to do, who refused to let her husband pass her around to his friends as entertainment and she died for it. Vashti became my brunette hero.

“וואַשטי” דורך עדווין לאנג

And while Esther did save the Jews, she did it using her feminine wiles. Isn’t that what we criticize PETA for – using women as sexualized objects to help save animals? She’s still a hero but it’s a little more complicated now; a little more confusing than “trick-or-treating” in March.

“די קלאָזעט פון אסתר” דורך טיאַדאָר טשאַססעריאַו

סייַ ווי סייַ, I read a great article on Shalom Veg, אַ וועב-באזירט גרופּע פֿאַר ייִדיש וועדזשאַטעריאַנז, וועגאַנס און כייַע רעכט אַדוואַקאַץ, גערופן “פורים – What are We Blotting Out?” The article states, “מיר זענען באפוילן אויף פורים צו פּרובירן צו ווישן אַוועק בייז אין אונדזער וועלט. אבער מיר זענען אויך דערציילט אַז מיר מוזן ערשטער הערן, דערקענען און געדענקען די בייז. עס איז אַרויף צו אונדז צו מאַכן די באַוווסטזיניק ברירה צו באַצאָלן ופמערקזאַמקייַט און טאָן וואָס מיר וויסן איז רעכט, צו זייַן מין צו יעדער אַנדערער, און טאָן אונדזער בעסטער צו ברענגען היילונג אַנשטאָט פון ווייטיק צו דער וועלט.”

What a wonderful message. And it just so happens that this year Purim falls on the same day as Meatout Day and the first day of Spring. What a great way to celebrate Purim…a new beginning by going Vegan!

Back to the Hamentashen. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like sweets. I was making the Hamentashen for Tom and just to see if I could but what about me? Then I thought, why can’t I make savory Hamentashen? They would be like calzones but smaller. So I adapted the recipe by removing the sugar and adding some Italian spices. I made a sauteed mushroom and vegan feta cheese mixture that I love. Then I thought, why not pizza? נאָך אַלע, I am half-Italian so I whipped up a super-fast marinara sauce and got out my Daiya mozzarella cheese. This way Tom and I were both happy.

Since I’m so bad with dough, my Hamentanshen didn’t come out looking so great.

אין פאַקט, if Haman’s hat had looked like my Hamentashen, he would have been laughed at and run out of Persia before he even got a chance to start trouble. But they tasted delicious and that’s what really matters, רעכט? רעכט.

Here are the recipes for both the sweet and the savory Hamentashen and the fillings. Make either one you like or both. Just don’t get dressed up in costume and go door-to-door unless you live in a very observant Jewish neighborhood 🙂

מזל פורים, Happy Meatout Day and Happy Spring!!!

Sweet Hamentashen
טאָן: I have updated and improved this recipe. Please see the new recipe posted on 3/8/12. Don’t use this one.

ינגרידיאַנץ
4 טעפּלעך גלוטען-פֿרייַ, all purpose flour mix (I used Namaste brand)
4 3/4 tsp. באַקינג פּודער
1/4 tsp. זאַלץ
1 cup raw brown sugar
1 cup vegan unsalted margarine, צימער טעמפּעראַטור
1/2 גלעזל – 1 גלעזל וואַסער
2 tsp. מאַנדל עקסטראַקט
פילינגז: fig preserves, vegan chocolate chips

אינסטרוקציעס
פּרעהעאַט ויוון צו 375 דיגריז.

Mix the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add in the margarine and mix until flour is clumpy. לייג וואַסער סלאָולי, מיקסינג, ביז די טייג קומט צוזאַמען.

ניצן אַ לעפל, take pieces of dough and form into balls. Put each ball between two small pieces of wax paper. דרוק אַראָפּ אויף די פּילקע מיט אייער האַנט צו פֿאָרמירן אַ פלאַך דיסק. אָרט וועגן 1 tsp. פון פילונג אַנטו די צענטער פון יעדער דיסק.

פאַרלייגן די דיסק אין אַ דרייַעק (handling it by the wax paper makes it easier) און קניפּ די עקן. Place hamentaschen onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spray hamentashen with cooking spray. Bake about 10 minutes or until hamentashen are browned. אַראָפּנעמען פון ויוון און לאָזן קיל.

Fig
Chocolate Chip

Savory Hamentashen
I have updated and improved the dough recipe. See the post on 3/8/12. For this savory dough, simply add 2 צפּס. of xanthan gum and 1/2 tsp. sea salt to the dry ingredients.
ינגרידיאַנץ
3 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. באַקינג פּודער
1 tsp. each dried basil and oregano
1 cup vegan unsalted spread or margarine
4 Tbs. טשיקקפּעאַ מעל + 4 Tbs. וואַסער
4 Tbs. non-dairy milk

For fillings:
mushrooms and vegan feta cheese mix
marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella shreds

Mushrooms and Vegan Feta Filling

ינגרידיאַנץ
10 אַז. baby bella mushrooms, פיינלי געהאַקט
1/4 רויט ציבעלע, פיינלי געהאַקט
2 קלאָוועס קנאָבל, מינסט
1 tsp. מאַסלינע ייל
1/2 tsp. דאַר טיים
זאַלץ און פעפער צו טעם
2 tsp. vegan gluten-free worcestershire sauce
Vegan feta cheese, chopped

אינסטרוקציעס
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and let cook about 3 מינוט. Add garlic and mushrooms. Let cook until mushrooms are brown and moist, וועגן 6 מינוט. Add spices and worscestershire sauce. Stir and let cook a few minutes more. Remove from heat and put mushrooms in a bowl. Add vegan feta cheese and mix.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce

See my recipe at http://thevword.net/2010/08/extreme-vegan-makeover-noodle-free/ or to make it super simple: open an 8 אַז. can of tomato sauce, add some pinches of oregano, באַסיל, קראַשט רויט פעפער, זאַלץ און פעפער. Mix and heat for a few minutes.

אינסטרוקציעס:
פּרעהעאַט ויוון צו 375 דיגריז. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.

Mix the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add in the margarine and mix until flour is clumpy. In a separate bowl or mug, mix the chickpea flour with the water until it becomes a paste. Add the milk to this mixture. Add the flour/milk paste slowly, מיקסינג, ביז די טייג קומט צוזאַמען.

ניצן אַ לעפל, take pieces of dough and form into balls. Put each ball between two small pieces of wax paper. דרוק אַראָפּ אויף די פּילקע מיט אייער האַנט צו פֿאָרמירן אַ פלאַך דיסק. אָרט וועגן 1 tsp. פון פילונג אַנטו די צענטער פון יעדער דיסק.

פאַרלייגן די דיסק אין אַ דרייַעק (handling it by the wax paper makes it easier) און קניפּ די עקן. Place hamentashen onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spray hamentashen with cooking spray. Bake about 10 minutes or until hamentashen are browned. אַראָפּנעמען פון ויוון און לאָזן קיל.

Have extra marinara sauce and/or gravy for dipping.

פּיצע
Mushroom and Vegan Feta

האַנאָע האָבן!

(באזוכט 360 מאל, 1 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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  1. Renee מאַרץ 13, 2014 בייַ 6:03 PM #

    We also make savory hamentaschen at our house. We call them “pizzataschen”און “nachotaschen”. Pizza taschen are like the ones you describe here and we also make some with salsa and cheddar. We have an entire meal of little bite sized hamentaschen. We also serve Doritos and tortilla chips for their triangular shapes as well. Lotta fun!

    • ריאַ מאַרץ 24, 2014 בייַ 2:41 PM #

      Hi Renee, savory hamantaschen are the best. I love the name “nachotaschen.” 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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