Purim is in the air!
So, now begins the fun part of Hamantashen baking, decorating and eating!
This is a nice idea to be used for baal habatim, an extra special Purim gift, a raffle item for a women’s gathering or cooking class, a Hamantashen baking set to sell….the list is endless!
I divided a Hamantashen recipe so that it would fit in my little muslin bag. I placed the dry ingredients first into a plastic bag with a twist tie and then slid it into my fabric bag.
I stamped the bag using alphabet stamps and a fabric ink pad and wrote DIY (Do It Yourself) Dough! But of course, you could write anything!
Inside the bag I slipped in a paper that had all the instructions needed. (see below).
I included a very high end, delicious jam, which comes in many interesting flavor combinations, but really you can choose any jam or filling of your choice. (chocolate filling, poppy seed etc.) You can find these jams at whole foods in small jars and if you’d like very mini jars , you can find a set of these jams at william sonoma. (These are expensive jams, so beware:).
I included a circle cookie cutter (I bought a set of all different sizes but you can easily go online and order circle cookie cutters in bulk). You can also tie your cookie cutter to the top of your package using a ribbon!
You can place all these cute DIY items into a basket, bag etc. add ribbon, a label and enjoy the art and creativity of giving.
Here’s what you need:
- Muslin Bag (the size I used was 4.5″ x 6″. They were a package of 6 in a bag from Paper Source, but you can search online for a variety of sizes, like saveoncrafts.com
- Jam of your choice
- Cello bag to fit your items (you will need to experiment as depending on your jar of jam and cookie cutter you may need a specific size.) OR a basket of your choice.
- Ribbon and labels or tag if you wish. (labels can be purchased by clicking the myownlabels link at the top of this blog).
- And of course the dry ingredients for your “d.i.y dough”!
This is how you make the d.i.y dough:
- The original recipe I received is from a fellow Shlucha Malky Bitton, so thank you Malky! Here is the original recipe with some changes I have made: (NOTE: This recipe I divided in half to figure out just two portions of this Hamantashen Baking Set. I will continue giving instructions from using only HALF of this recipe). For your own personal baking use, simply use the amounts here to yield more hamantashen!
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate (I used orange juice)
Whisk together, then add to above mixture:
1 cup white sugar*
3 ½ cups flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon*
¼ tsp salt
* Malky has the sugar and cinnamon added to the eggs mixture but for this project it worked perfectly fine to add it to the dry ingredients which made it easier to share with others. (Oven Temp. and Bake time etc. is in attached document)
- Only mix in a bowl the 1 & 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 & 1/4 Tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/8th tsp salt. Mix very well. (THIS IS HALF OF THE ABOVE RECIPE and once you half this again when you divide it into two muslin bags, it will match the ingredients listed on the paper insert to go with you package, to produce 1 dozen “d.i.y hamantashen” per gift.
- Divide this dry ingredient mixture into two bowls. You will have 1 & 1/4 cup of dry ingredients in one bowl and the same amount in another.
- Pour each bowl of dry ingredients into a plastic bag and tie with twist tie.
- Slide each “d.i.y dough” into the fabric bag.
- Then insert paper with instructions. (see below)
To insert the instruction sheet, simply copy the attache document. Add or change what you wish to say and print!
More ideas in the making!