As a vegan, it has been really difficult to celebrate with traditional Jewish meals on the holidays. Eggs and meat and dairy are so often a part of those delicious menus, so I have spent more than a decade adapting new recipes to suit the theme and start new traditions.
Hamentaschen, these sweet, triangular-shaped cookies, are a staple of Purim, a festive celebration of triumph over evil (as is the theme of many Jewish holidays!) I used to love eating these as a kid so I was happy to find a recipe that tasted good and held it's shape (these often lose their form while they bake.) I hope you enjoy!
This dough recipe is from jewishveg.org:
2 cups white flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP boiling water
1/2 cup water
2/3 cups vegetable oil
In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. In a small glass bowl, mix sugar and boiling water. Add sugar water to dry ingredients. Add oil and 1/2 cut of water to bowl. Knead with hands until the dough is a smooth consistency. Put the dough back in the bowl and put in the refrigerator to chill.
While the dough is chilling, preheat the over to 350 degrees.
Once the dough has cooled, roll it out onto a floured surface and cut rounds out of the dough. Place a little spoonful of your favorite jam or chocolate chips in the middle, and pull up the sides to form the triangle shape, pinching firmly at the sides.
Bake for 22-26 minutes.