Purim and the traditional hamentashen cookie are often the subject of much
discussion and many questions. The Challah Connection has set out to answer
those questions and set the record straight.
Westport, CT (PRWEB) February
22, 2006 -- If there is one Jewish holiday where creativity and "turning
everything upside down" is not just acceptable, but expected, it is
Purim. In due fashion, The Challah Connection of Westport, CT has launched
its own gourmet rendition of the very traditional
Hamentashen, the three-cornered cookie that symbolizes the hat of oppressor
Haman from the original Purim story, is made with a traditional dough that is
cut in circles and folded together with a dollop of filling; typically poppy
seed, raspberry, apricot or prune.
Jane Moritz, Challah Connection Owner, has seen thousands of pounds of
hamentashen consumed as part of the
Purim baskets (michloach manot) that her company designs and ships. However,
she saw an opportunity, "consumers are constantly looking for new versions of
old things," says Moritz.
And so with that, Jane has worked with 2 veteran recipe and cookbook writers to
develop her own "spin" on
hamentashen. "I was looking for something gourmet, decadent and outrageous.
Something that would really make people appreciate a reinvention of this old
The results are 2 lovely creations; Sour Cherry drizzled with chocolate ganache
and Lemon Poppy Seed. Both recipes begin with a pastry dough that uses unsalted
butter (unlike most hamentashen that is pareve and uses no dairy at all),
vanilla and orange juice to give it a bit of twang as well as other key
ingredients. Both are certified kosher.
Working with Ms. Moritz on recipe development were Mary Goodbody and Judith
Sutton, nationally acclaimed food writers, cookbook editors and recipe
developers. Among some of the books they have written or edited are, Sweet
Gratitude: Bake a Thank-You for the Really Important People in Your Life;
Truffles: Ultimate Luxury, Everyday Pleasure; Recipes for a Very Small Island;
and The Family Kitchen (coming Spring 2006).
The festival of
Purim begins on the evening of March 13. It is tradition to give gifts of
food on Purim, to signify love and friendship. For more information about the
holiday and its traditions and to order hamentashen and Purim baskets, visit
www.challahconnection.com or call toll free: 866-(CHALLAH) 242-5524.
The Challah Connection, based in Westport, CT, is an online store for kosher
gift baskets and kosher baked goods.
Westport Baking Company/The Challah Connection