Forget Hamantaschen, try these Algerian Purim biscuits

The festival of Purim, which celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil Haman in ancient Persia, begins tonight. It is one of the most joyous of the Jewish calendar. It is customary among many Jews to bake Hamantaschen, triangular filled biscuits. But Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews have their own traditional recipes too. Here is a recipe from Algeria (copyright: Morial):


500 g flour

3 eggs

1/2 cup oil

pinch of salt

1/2 cup orange juice

1 sachet vanilla sugar

1 sachet yeast

200g icing sugar

juice of one lemon

Decorative sprinkles

METHOD: Mix oil, orange juiced  and vanilla sugar in a bowl, add flour,  salt and yeast until the dough is smooth.

Roll out the dough and leave to rest for an hour. Cut into biscuits with a glass and space out on a non-stick baking dish. Bake for 30 mins in a hot oven.

Whip up egg whites until stiff and add sugar and lemon juice. When biscuits have cooled dip into icing sugar. Allow to dry and add cake decoration (sprinkles, silver balls, etc)

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