The day I made some ugly ears

It’s such fun having Jewish friends. Last year, my friend Y sent me a recipe for some cookies she called אוזני המן (oznei haman). I was excited! I promised myself that I’d make them this year. And then a couple months ago Michal sent me one of her own.

רב תודות, חברות! ׳

And so, today I gave it a try, mixing both recipes, and it turned out okay, I think, especially considering the fact that this was my first time using an oven. Ever.

Oznei haman are called, in English, hamentashen (one hamentash, two hamentashen), a loan word from Yiddish, and that’s what Michal calls them. Both the Hebrew and English/Yiddish terms mean “the ears of Haman”, named for the villain of the Esther story, the story of the Jewish holiday known as Purim (פורים). They symbolise the defeat of Haman, who was working toward the genocide of the Jewish people.

I think mine are sort of ugly, but as one of my friends said: “Eh, the taste is important, not the looks!” (Or, as Michal’s roomie said, “味一緒。” [Aji issho; the taste is the same])

Anyway, without further ado, take the journey with me through my first experience with baking. (Unless you count cake-in-a-mug, a microwave-oven pastry that Robyn revealed to me last year.)

The ingredients

The ingredients

Sugar and flax eggs

Sugar and flax eggs

Flax eggs and sugar

Mixing flax eggs, sugar, and honey

I shuddered when I saw this much oil in the recipe...

I shuddered when I saw this much oil in the recipe…

The dough, everything mixed in

The dough, everything mixed in

Using the cup to cut the cookie shapes.

Using the cup to cut the cookie shapes

My oznei haman; they look pretty ugly, huh?

My oznei haman; they look pretty ugly, huh?

They turned out pretty good, actually.

They turned out pretty good, actually.

I doubt these will actually list until the weekend, but I’ll probably make some more, since I want to give some people from church. Fun!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in עברית and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to The day I made some ugly ears

  1. Michal says:

    The title cracked me up. I’m glad they turned out well! So which recipe did you like better?

    Like

    • kenliano says:

      I merged the two recipes when baking the cookies, so I can’t really compare them. They’re pretty much the same thing, actually; I except for the veganising in yours and the fact that Y’s has milk. I went with soy milk.

      🙂 Thanks, I’m proud of that title.

      Like

  2. read.robin says:

    I want to taste one of those! They look delicious, even though the recipe has me raising my eyebrows. Like, what on earth are “flax eggs”? Can flax have eggs?

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s