I know I just shared some hamentashen the other day, but since those kimchi hamentashen were savory, I decided to share something sweet with you today. I also wanted to feature my awesome new Cuina Silicone baking mat with you. I figured that freshly baked hamentashen were the perfect way to take advantage of both needs. Stay tuned for the end of this post. You’ll have a chance to win your own Silicone baking mat!
It’s Meyer Lemon season apparently. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with them, but I love the taste. They are much sweeter than traditional lemons. When I saw them at the market, I knew I had to incorporate some of them in to my cooking or baking. I’ve been wanting to make lemon curd since I can’t seem to find one that is kosher certified. I was surprised to find out how easy it is to make the curd.
I combined egg yolk with sugar and heated over medium heat, whisking the whole time. I then juiced and zested the lemons and stirred it in to the egg yolks mixture. I stirred for several minutes, letting it thicken then added a stick of butter. You want the mixture to get thick. It should coat the back of your wooden spoon. Once ready. I transferred to jars and chilled in the refrigerator.
I was debating between lemon rosemary or lemon lavender dough for the hamentashen. I have a foolproof hamentashen dough that I have played with over the years and knew I could make it work for this application. I just had to choose the right herb. I cook with rosemary often, but rarely use lavender – yet I have it in my house. I decided to challenge myself and use the lavender. I know that both herbs work well with lemon anyways, just not necessarily all together.
I mixed up the dough in my Kitchenaid. I then transferred the dough to a rolling mat coated with lots of flour. I rolled out the dough, and with a small drinking glass, I cut rounds of dough. I then shaped in to Hamentashen and transferred to my baking mat lined baking pan.
Now I want to tell you about this Cuina Kitchen brand silicone baking mat. The fine folks at Cuina Kitchen sent it to me and I was so excited since I had never used one before. I always tend to use parchment paper instead. This silicone baking mat allows you to make cookies without any spray or parchment paper. You just place the mat in your half sheet pan and the cookies go on. They didn’t stick at all! It was so simple. Why did I never buy a baking mat before? Anyways, I highly recommend this silicone baking mat. It worked really well. My cookies came out perfectly and there was no sticky mess to clean up. At the bottom of this post, you’ll have your very own chance to win one of these baking mats!
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- Juice and Zest from 4-5 Meyer Lemons (around ½ cup of juice)
- 1 stick butter
- 1 tsp. salt
- Beat the egg yolks with a form lightly and place in a small heavy-bottomed sauce pan, along with the cup of sugar.
- Whisk well over medium heat, letting the sugar melt in.
- Add in the lemon juice and zest and stir with a wooden spoon. Let the mixture thicken a bit.
- Stir in the butter, keep stirring with the wooden spoon until the back of the spoon is coated in the curd mixture.
- Once the curd has thickened, remove from heat, transfer to jars and chill in refrigerator. Enjoy!
- 1 cup lemon curd (see recipe above)
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. ground vanilla
- 1 tbsp. lavender
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups flour (plus more for rolling
- 1 tsp. salt
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Cream the butter and sugar together.
- Mix in the eggs, vanilla and the lavender.
- Add in the dry ingredients and mix well until it forms a dough.
- Transfer to a rolling area that has been liberally dusted with flour.
- Make sure to dust your hands and rolling pin as well.
- In batches, roll out the dough to about a ½-inch thickness. Cut out circles of dough with a glass. Place a teaspoon of the filling at the center of the dough round. Pinch corners in well to form a triangle.
- Transfer formed hamentashen to a lined baking mat.
- Bake in oven for around 10-11 minutes.
- Cool on rack.
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