The iconic hamantaschen pastry is a three-cornered pastry that is a veritable staple among Israeli Jews during Purim, the religious holiday that commemorates the rescue of the Jewish people from the evil Haman. What's unique about this recipe is that it borrows a classic Italian dessert, cannoli, and infuses its goodness into the hamantaschen.
To prepare, make the cannoli filling using ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon before folding in chocolate chips and refrigerating. Then make your hamantaschen dough by beating cream cheese, butter and sugar before adding milk and vanilla. Divide the dough into two pieces and place them in plastic wrap, before rolling to a quarter-inch thickness and refrigerating.
When ready to prepare, fold your dough and pinch the corners before brushing with egg white. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. You can then drizzle the chocolate mix over the hamantaschen, before refrigerating until it's set and finishing with sugar.
This cannoli hamantaschen recipe admittedly takes a little bit of work, but the end result -- a magnificent three-cornered pastry laced with chocolate-infused goodness -- is well worth it.
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