With the Jewish holiday Purim right around the corner, I thought I would attempt making my favorite holiday treat; hamantaschen. Typically this is a dough made with vegetable oil, wheat flour, sugar and canned filling. Of course I have to change that. I need a real food, grain-free, dairy-free, processed food free recipe…
In the Biblical Book of Esther, the story of Purim involves the villain Haman, Grand Vizier of Persia. Mordechai, a Jewish member of the king’s court and relative of Queen Esther, refused to bow down to Haman. This angered the Grand Vizier and he planned to have all the Jews in the kingdom slaughtered. However, Queen Esther and Mordechai discovered Haman’s plot and were able to stall it. In the end, Haman is executed on the gallows he planned to use on Mordechai.
Hamantaschen are eaten on Purim as part of the celebration of the holiday, which commemorates how Jews escaped Haman’s loathsome plans. The triangular shape of these pastries signifies the three-cornered hat that Haman wore. Another explanation for the triangular shape, is that the three corners represent Queen Esther’s strength and the founders of Judaism: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I put together this recipe from other roll out cookie doughs that I have used. I use coconut and almond flour so that they are grain-free. I use ghee and coconut oil instead of butter to keep it dairy-free. Recently I have fallen in love with dates and have used them in several recipes already. These small treats are truly irresistible!
Instructions for date paste
Instructions for cookie dough
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