Happy wishes on a relatively little known, but very beloved Jewish holiday, Purim. The Purim story is recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read on Purim. It recounts the salvation of the Jewish people in the time of the Persian Empire by beautiful Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai and tells of the evil deeds of Haman, the chief advisor to the king. The sweet treat pictured is the hamentaschen or Haman's Hat. It is a crunchy pastry crust, traditionally filled with poppy seeds or prunes. Now the fillings are much more fanciful, but in my great-grandmother's time in Eastern Europe these were the most available late winter fillings, and they are the fillings I ate while growing up. My favorite is prune and my grandmother, a wonderful baker, made delicious hamantaschen.
Wishing you a day of joy and sweet treats!