This year, I have been making Challah Hamentaschen rolls instead of cookies. I just end up with more hamentaschen than I want to look at, and decided I had to do something different. Since I had been working with bread dough for hamentaschen anyway, I decided to try something similar on pizza night, and it was really easy and fun… it would make a great kids’ option for a dairy seudah.
The secret to the success is the dough. I have a great pizza dough recipe, adapted from one on the web many years ago. This is a great dough to use for hamentaschen, but it is also a fast and easy dinner solution throughout the year. (Not that you ever need that…)
Pizza dough – for a family of 9 I double this:
Take 2 cups of warm water, and combine with
4 tablespoons of sugar (or honey) and
4 tablespoons of yeast
let sit… perhaps near your oven preheating to 425 degrees….
Combine in another bowl
3 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup of oil
(at this point, if you want to get fancy, you can add some yummy herbs into your dry mixture too. )
If you are like me, by the time the kids have helped with the dry ingredients and the phone has rung once or twice, it has been about 10 minutes for the yeast to rise. But you can let it sit or not, depends on your taste and preference – and how “last minute” the last minute dinner solution is.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and knead until a wonderful pizza dough consistency. [ If you choose to use whole wheat flour, you may have to add some more warm water. ]
You can shape into pizzas or hamentaschen right away. Spray your baking pan with lightly before putting on the pizza dough.
If you are making hamentaschen, make sure the dough circles are very spread out and relatively thin. Since you are folding them up and the dough rises, it ends up being a lot of dough. Add a dollop of sauce and some shredded cheese and whatever toppings gladden your Adar and bake at 425 for about 15 minutes! Enjoy!
If you make them, I would love it if you let me know.