Jewish Purim Hamantaschen with Poppy Seed Filling


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Jewish Purim Hamantaschen with Poppy Seed Filling

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Ingredients (17)

For the filling:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 pound blue poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup coarsely ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

For the dough:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


A great sweet to bake even if you don’t celebrate Purim.

What to buy: Look for blue poppy seeds and mohn (ground poppy) in German, Russian, and central European markets or online at Kalustyan’s. Buy small quantities of poppy seeds, and only from stores with high turnover or from specialty spice purveyors.


For the filling:

  1. 1Pour boiling water over blue poppy seeds to cover and soak overnight. Drain well. Grind finely using the finest blade of meat grinder, a special poppy seed grinder, or a coffee grinder.
  2. 2Cream butter and honey, then add heavy cream, walnuts, raisins, grated orange zest, and the ground poppy seeds. Chill before using.

For the dough:

  1. 1Cream butter and sugar, then beat in egg. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Stir half the flour mix into the creamed mixture. Beat in orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla, then beat in the remaining flour mixture. Chill the dough until firm.
  2. 2Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll the dough out slightly more than 1/4 inch thick. Reroll the dough scraps if desired. Cut into 3-inch rounds, dot each with a teaspoonful of poppy seed filling, and fold up the edges on three sides to form open triangles.
  3. 3Place on baking sheets and bake until delicately browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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