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Fillings for Hamantaschen

Many different fillings are used for hamantaschen including poppy-seed, chocolate, and date-orange fillings.  Hamantaschen are the traditional Eastern-European dessert at Purim.

Fillings for Hamantaschen
Many different fillings are used for hamantaschen including poppy-seed, chocolate, and date-orange fillings. Hamantaschen are the traditional Eastern-European dessert at Purim.
Ingredients
Poppy-seed Filling for Hamantash
  • 250 g fresh ground poppy seed
  • 240 g sugar
  • 240 g milk
  • 50 g butter biscuit crumbs
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 level teaspoon lemon peel, (from ½ lemon) – optional
Date Orange Filling for Hamantash
  • 1¼ cups packed pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon packed finely grated fresh orange zest
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons water, if necessary
Instructions
Procedure for Poppy-seed Filling
  1. Bring milk and sugar to a boil. Add the poppy seed and then remove from the stove.
  2. Stir and then add the cookie crumbs, butter and lemon peel.
  3. Follow directions for making and filling Hamantash
Procedure for Date Orange Filling
  1. In a food processor blend together all filling ingredients except water until an almost smooth, jam-like consistency. If date mixture is very dry blend in water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Filling may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.
  2. Follow directions for making and filling Hamantash

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