An assortment of Breads Bakery hamantaschen, with the poppy-seed version at the top. And we have the recipe.
New York’s is known for its beautiful babka and stunning seed-studded challahs, which are available year round. Its equally exceptional hamantaschen, however, are only available at Purim.
Happily, the bakery just shared its coveted recipe with us, and we, in turn, are passing it along to you. If you’d like to take a peek at how the pros at Breads do it, watch the video below.
Breads Bakery Hamantaschen
Makes 24 hamantaschen
185 grams butter (13 tablespoons)
40 grams granulated sugar (¼ cup)
75 grams powdered sugar (½ cup)
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs (1 used for egg wash)
300 grams pastry flour (3 cups)
40 grams almond flour (1/3 cup)
Desired filling (see poppy filling below, or substitute jam, fruit preserves or other spreads)
1) Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, granulated sugar and salt very well.
2) Sift the powdered sugar into the mixing bowl and mix until combined
3) Slowly add one egg and the almond flour and mix until fully combined.
4) Add pastry flour and mix until just combined (don’t over mix).
5) Form the dough into a flat rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
6) On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/16” and using a cookie cutter, cut out 3” circles.
7) Brush off any excess flour and brush the circles with egg wash.
8) Spoon your desired filling into the center (1 teaspoon each).
9) Fold three points of the circle up and into the center to form a triangle. Pinch the corners to make it tight.
10) Bake at 350˚ F for 10–15 minutes, until golden brown.
100 whole milk (1/3 cup)
50 grams butter (3 tablespoons)
50 grams granulated sugar (¼ cup)
50 grams honey (2.5 tablespoons)
100 grams ground poppy seeds (3/4 cup)
Lemon/orange zest (to taste)
50 grams cake/cookie crumbs (½ cup)
1) In saucepan, bring milk, butter, sugar and honey to a simmer.
2) Add ground poppy, lower the heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring often, until filling thickens (5–10 minutes).
3) Remove from heat and add zest and cake/cookie crumbs.
4) Transfer to plastic container and let cool at room temperature with plastic film covering the surface before refrigerating.
Recipe courtesy of Breads Bakery.