Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen Recipe
BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Begin preparing these Purim favorites the day ahead so the dough and filling can chill overnight. The pastry's tender, crunchy texture contrasts with moist filling.

Yield:

20 pastries

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 163
Caloriesfromfat 22 %
Fat 4 g
Satfat 0.8 g
Monofat 1.7 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 2.6 g
Carbohydrate 30.3 g
Fiber 3.2 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 93 mg
Calcium 57 mg

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons stick margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese (1/4 cup)
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces dried figs (2 cups)
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon light-colored corn syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cooking spray

Preparation

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat at high speed 1 minute or until the mixture is very smooth. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, and add to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until flour mixture is moist. Divide dough in half, and gently shape each portion into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Place figs in a food processor, and pulse 6 times or until chopped. With processor on, slowly add 3 tablespoons sugar, water, corn syrup, and lemon juice through food chute, and process until smooth, scraping sides of processor bowl twice. Spoon the fig mixture into a bowl; cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Shape each ball of dough into a 10-inch log. Remove plastic wrap; cut each log into 10 (1-inch) slices. Quickly shape slices into 20 balls; place on a tray lined with wax paper. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Place each ball of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper, and flatten to a 3 1/2-inch circle. Spoon 1 level tablespoon fig mixture into the center of each circle. With floured hands, fold dough over filling to form a triangle, and pinch edges together to seal. Place triangles 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray, and bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until pastries are lightly browned. Remove from pans, and cool on a wire rack.

Note:

October 1997
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