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Tablet Tests Top Hamantashen, Names Russ & Daughers The Winner

February 26th, 2010 · 4:13 pm - LoxPopuli

Tablet Magazine named their “Top Hamantashen,” and Russ & Daughters is the winner. They write:

As Purim approaches, it’s time to pass judgment on one of the most pressing issues of the day: where to find good hamantashen.

Tablet Magazine investigated. A meticulous and hungry bunch, we ordered hamantashen from bakeries in six cities across five states, driven by recommendations of what different people claimed were the best hamantasheries in the country. The array of flavors and sizes that arrived boggled the mind: poppy, prune, apricot, cherry, and chocolate; crispy and chewy; compact and supersized. Dedicated to the cause, we tasted them all.

Our tasters graded each cookie on a scale of 1 to 5, higher being better, in five categories: appearance, filling-to-dough ratio, overall taste, texture and consistency, and how badly we wanted another. The judges’ scores were compiled, the individual scores were averaged, and we found a winner.

The results:

1. Russ & Daughters, New York. Family-owned and almost a century old, this Lower East Side institution is best known for its smoked fish. But it also sells all sorts of traditional Jewish sweets—rugelach and babka and macaroons and, of course hamantashen. We picked up a sampling—conveniently, it’s located right down the block from our office—and were thrilled with these small, soft wonders. A “sublime dream cookie,” one of our judges said. Score: 3.9

Purim is soon, but there is plenty of time to pick up hamantaschen – apricot and prune – at the Russ & Daughters counter.

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