Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Purim




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!

14 comments:

Marilyn said...

I am very familiar with the story of Ester. I think I would love both as I adore poppy seed filling too!!
Have a WOnderful Day!!
Marilyn

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy Purim to you! Isn't it wonderful how holidays include sweet treats! Food, family and traditions make for some wonderful days to celebrate!

peggy said...

I love the story of Esther and your sweets look soooo good. Happy Purim, thanks for telling us about this holiday.

Theresa said...

Looking quite yummy! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

Sheilagh said...

I have not heard of this holiday but Happy Purim dear Buttercup. The treats look scrummy:)

xxxx

TARYTERRE said...

HAPPY PURIM. Thanks for reminding us. We LOVE hamentaschen. Especially if they are filled with poppy seeds. A satisying treat, indeed. Your grandma's recipe must be treasured. ENJOY your day. Take care.

LDH said...

I love this story of Esther. We even have the Veggie Tales version :) I would love to make a batch of hamentaschen. They look delicious!

Ms Sparrow said...

Wow, thanks for the bit of history. I had an aunt named Esther and always thought of it as a rather unlovely name (but not as bad as Beulah). I didn't know the origins. I love prunes and would happily eat your grandma's hamantaschen. Yum!

Betty Rubble said...

I LOVE the story of Esther! Happy Purim!

Teacherfish said...

I would wish you a happy Purim,but my mouth is filled with hamentashen. Here's our problem- my grandmother's recipe calls for Crisco and we are looking for a healthy substitute. We used vegetable oil this year but I still don't think we got the texture quite right. Hope you are enjoying the desert we have spring waiting for you here upon your return.

Country Dreaming said...

Happy Purim to you!
Hope your trip was fun.

Guess what? I had a package waiting for me the other day. The book is great and so was the recipe book! Thanks for the goodies. Will do a post soon.

Melinda

Amrita said...

I love the story of Queen Esther. What a joyous day. Happy Purim

Maggid said...

Yum!!!!
Good Shabbos!
love & love,
-g-

Luli said...

Beautiful story, sweet victory.