The approach of Purim this weekend is pre-empting my usual Tuesday blog post about writing, journalism and/or life after being downsized. But I suppose finding time to bake hamantashen on a Monday afternoon, when I would otherwise be working, is part of life after being downsized.
My first thought was that I owe Alice Medrich an apology for not doing her recipe justice. I cheated a bit by melting the chocolate and butter in the microwave, not over hot water. I also substituted coconut sugar for regular sugar in the dough, because I didn’t have enough white sugar. And I suspect my butter wasn’t the right consistency (“softened but not squishy”) – or maybe coconut sugar just wasn’t a good option – because I found the dough hard to work with.
That said, the chocolate filling is divine. The recipe is definitely a keeper. And my kitchen smelled deliciously buttery while the hamantashen were baking.
Enjoy, and Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday)!