March 2, 2010
Hamantaschen - Take II: Same Dough, Different Filling
The dough remained the same but the filling changed.
Number one, I ran out of the chocolate chips. And to be perfectly honest, I didn't like the chocolate chips too much in the first batch - they were delicious while the Hamantaschen were warm - still gooye and oozing the rich, chocolate goodness. However, once the Hamantschen cooled, the chocolate chips completely hardened, and didn't add much to the filling.
What to do? I mixed 2 parts blueberry jam, 1 part toasted chopped walnuts, and 1 part raisins. It's a miracle!!! A truly delicious combination with great texture and thick enough to hold within the dough. Still have that glass of milk handy? Drink up!
One more thing, this time around, I held the batches of the formed Hamantaschen in the refrigerator prior to baking and I do think it helped them to retain the shape. I also found that buttering the cookie sheet was unnecessary.