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Vegan Hamantaschen for Purim

Purim is one of our favorite Jewish holidays! In the story of Purim, Haman, one of the advisors to the Persian King Ahasverus, wanted to exterminate the Jewish population because the new queen’s cousin, Mordecai, refused to bow down to Haman. The king didn’t know his new queen was Jewish, and when she revealed her Jewish identity, Haman’s plans were spoiled. And, most importantly, Haman was known to wear a triangular hat.

So now we eat triangular cookies called hamantaschen to celebrate Purim.Hamantaschen in your face.

I’ve veganized my mom’s hamantaschen recipe, 

Ingredients:

  • 1 T. flax seed, plus 3 T. water
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 T. orange juice
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 1  1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1  1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • Fillings of your choice- you can use canned pie fillings or preserves like cherry, apple, apricot, fig, poppyseed, etc. I made my own fillings this year.
  1. Whip the flax seed and water together in a blender, food processor, or with a fork, until it gets gelatinous.
  2. Add the flax mixture to the rest of the wet ingredients and blend in food processor or by hand, until the mixture resembles orange cottage cheese.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together, then mix into wet ingredients. The dough should clump into a ball.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or foil.
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least 2  hours. (I used this time to make the fillings)
  6. After refrigeration, pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  7. Coat two baking sheets with nonstick spray.
  8. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 1/4 – 1/8″ thickness.
  9. Use a cup or lid with a 2  1/2 – 3  1/2 ” diameter to stamp circles in the dough.
  10. Transfer the circles onto the baking sheets and fill each circle with your desired filling.
  11. Pinch the circles in on three sides to make a triangle. You can use water to moisten the inside of each corner to make it stick together.
  12. Bake for 20 -25 minutes, until slightly brown.

Enjoy!

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