Purim is here.....and a while back a fellow hound asked where to get great hamentaschen, I immediately thought of my family's longtime favorite, Levinson's.
I stopped in yesterday for a dozen to see if they were still up to snuff. (after nearly 50 years they should know what they're doing).
Levinson's is a "kosher style" bakery, so they do not use butter in their recipes (this is so observant folks may enjoy them after a Meat based meal), but rather a kosher, commercial butter substitute (vegetable shortening based).
There has been a changing of the guard, the weary looking bakers and robust "bubbies" manning the counter are now gone.....they've been replaced by a few young hispanic women, who are keeping the Levinson's tradition of quality and variety going.
Are the hamentaschen as good as the "old days", no....they're better!
They bake two varieties, a raised yeast dough and short crust version in four flavors: Apricot filled, cheese filled, prune filled and "moon" (poppyseed).
I always opt for the short crust version, they were equilateral triangles about 3.5 inches per side with roughly 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling. The crust is crisp but yielding to the tooth and not to sweet. The cheese is the least inspiring of the fillings, the apricot is good....but the prune and poppyseed are sublime.
A dozen is $9.60 plus tax. Levinson's is still worth the trip.