Monday, March 5, 2012

Vegan Hamentashen

As you are all aware, most pastries have egg, butter, and milk. So, how do you make every Jew’s most favorite cookie? Simple, make a few adjustments!

Most of the ingredients used... 
2 cups unbleached flower
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup non-hydrogenated vegetable oil spread
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup soymilk
½ cup chia seeds

1.       In a medium bowl (1.5qt), mix together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
2.       In a large bowl, cream the vegetable oil spread, brown sugar and soymilk.
3.     Mix in the dry ingredients.
4.     Chill dough for 6 hours or overnight.

Ball of dough! Specs are from the Chia Seeds.

Filling – there are so many fillings, my favorite is Poppy Seed, but sadly I couldn’t find the ingrediants needed to make it, so I opted for Chocolate Filling instead.

½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup flour
½ cup soy milk
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup apple sauce

1.       In a small bowl (1qt), mix together all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Chocolate Filling

Cookies – How to make the Triangle
1.       On a floured surface, roll dough out, you want it to be fairly thin.
2.       Using a round cookie cutter, or a drinking glass, cut circles into the dough.

3.       Place a small amount of filling in the center of each circle. Don’t over stuff – they expand in the oven.

This is too much filling, I got a little over zealous..Use about half of this..

4.       Fold up one side of the dough to make a ‘wall’ – pinch the two corners closed.

5.       Pinch the third corner to complete your triangular-shaped cookie. (If one of the corners won't close, just place a dab of water inside and try again).

6.      Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Top Left - That's how they should look.
Bottom right, this happens when you over fill the cookies... oops!

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