Prune (or Lekvar) Filling for Hamantaschen

3/4 cups oj

1/3 cup lemon juice

a pound pitted prunes

a cup dark raisins

1/3 cup sugar, plus more if needed

1/4 tea cinnamon

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Place oj, lemon juice, prunes, raisins, and sugar in a small saucepan.  Cook over low heat, tossing and stirring mixture until it softens and plumps the prunes and raisins, for about 8 – 10  minutes.  Be sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan; lower the heat if the mixture starts to boil.  Remove the pan from the heat and, with slotted spoon, transfer the fruit to the bowl of processor.  Reserve liquid.  Let the fruit cool for about 5 minutes.  Add cinnamon and walnuts. Process well to achieve a thick pastelike puree, adding liquid bit at a time as needed if the mixture is too thick.  Too much liquid will make it runny.  Taste and add more sugar if required.  The filling should be thick and moist.

Chill slightly before using.  The chilled mixture can be used immediately or refrigerated for up to two weeks or even frozen.

This makes enough for several (maybe even three) of my Hamentaschen Dough recipes.  If you don’t expect to bake too many hamentaschen, then half.

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Hamentashen Dough (food network)

2  2/3 cup flour

1 1/2 t baking powder

1/4  t salt

2/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

zest from 1/2 large orange

1 egg

1 egg white

Insert steel blade and add flour, powder, and salt.  Add butter and pulse.  In a separate bowl mix, sugar, egg and egg white and zest.  Add that to the processor and pulse and mix.  Try not to over mix.   Make into two balls and put in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4″ thickness.  Cut into circles with open end of glass.  Place  teaspoon full of filling in center circle.  Pinch sides together forming a closed triangle.  When you  pinch together even better to slightly fold ends over to make a little flap.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for approx-15 minutes or until lightly browned.



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Dijon Salad Dressing

makes a large jar… a typical salad dressing jar and then some.  lasts long time in fridge

4 T sherry or champagne vinegar

1 T and 1 t balsamic vinegar

4 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 small garlic cloves minced (I always rinse my minced garlic with water and let sit for about 15 minutes before using. It tastes better)

2 1/2 T dijon mustard

1 1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup canola

salt and ground pepper to taste

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Sour Cream Walnut Coffee Cake Otherwise known as Hank’s favorite


3 cups all -purpose flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3/4 cups butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1 pint sour cream
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 t cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix flour, powder, soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream butter in large bowl of mixer until soft. Gradually add white sugar and beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each; add vanilla. Then add flour mixture alternating with sour cream, blending after each addition until smooth. Mix brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon together. Put about a third of batter in WELL Greased and floured bundt pan. Sprinkle with a third of nut mixture. Repeat until all batter and mixture are used. Bake in preheated 350 oven for about 1 hour or until tooth pick clean. Let stand in wire rack for about five minutes before turning out. While cake is still warm, put on board for frosting, allowing mixture to run down sides. Serve cake slightly warm or room temp. Freezes well.

Confectioners Sugar Frosting
Sift 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar. Add 1/4 t vanilla and enough water to make frosting good spreading consistency.

NOTE: To bake in loaf pans, prepare batter as in above recipe and alternate layers of batter and nut mixture in thirds, as directed, in two well greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pans lined on bottom with waxed paper. Bake 350 for 50 minutes. Rest same as above.

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Dill horshradish sauce

Combine ¾ cup sour cream, ½ cup prepared horshradish, and 1 T chopped fresh dill or 1 ½ teaspoon dry dill weed.

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Gefilte Fish

¾ # chilled salmon boned and skinned—cut into 1” chunks
¾ # chilled white fish (I’ve had luck with Cod, Tilapia) boned and skinned—cut into 1” chunks
1 medium sized onion coarsely chopped
1/3 cup matzo meal
2 large eggs
1 ½ t pepper
about 8 chives, 2 TBLE chopped parsley and dill. Either or or both.
1/2 tea salt
boxed chicken broth– all natural. Use at least 2 QTS for poaching fish

Grind salmon and white fish through the fine blade of the food chopper (or whirl1/3 of the fish at a time in a food processor until very finely chopped, about 20 seconds; do not puree (although I do and it is fine)) Put fish in a large bowl, cover and refridgerate.

Whirl onion in the food processor until smoothly pureed.

To fish add onion, eggs, 1/3 cup matzo meal, pepper, and ½ t salt. Stir until blended. Mixture should be just firm enough to hold its shape when formed into a ball with your hands. If too soft, stir in 2 to 3 more Tbles matzo meal.

Put your hands in a bowl of cold water. Then mold fish mixture into a 3 by 2 patty (about 2 ounces) and gently place on a platter. Repeat with remaining fish mixture, dipping your hands in water as needed.

In a 5 or 6 qt pan over high heat, bring broth to a boil and adjust heat to simmer. At this point I add a couple of cut carrots so that I will have cooked carrots to serve with fish. Gently add patties to pot to make a single layer without crowding. Simmer covered until balls are opaque in center and firm about 10 – 15 minutes.

Lift gefilte fish from pan with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels in a warm place. Repeat to cook remaining patties.

Serve fish warm or chilled. Can make a couple of days in advance.

Horseradish sauce
Combine ¾ cup sour cream, ½ cup prepared horshradish, and 1 T chopped fresh dill or 1 ½ teaspoon dry dill weed.

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matzo kugel

4 matzos
3 eggs well beaten
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter melted
1 t cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
2 apples cubed

Soak matzos broken into 1 inch squares in water. Then drain when soft. Add eggs, salt, sugar, 1/4 cup butter, cinnamon, apples and raisins. Put remaining 1/4 cup of butter into baking dish (I use 8 x 8 but anything around that size will do). Then pour in batter. Cook 325 for 40 minutes.

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