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Hamantashen! Happy Purim! Poppy Seed, Apricot, Prune!

March 5th, 2012 · 11:08 am - russanddaughters

Here is what’s happening: HAMANTASHEN!

Due to popular demand, there’s a new flavor at Russ & Daughters this year: poppy seed. We’re also making our traditional favorites: apricot and prune.

Stop by the shop or call us at 212-475-4880 to order hamantashen for the holiday, or for any day.

Tablet had a hamantashen taste-test and ranked Russ & Daughters’ hamantashen #1. They said:

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 and were thrilled with these small, soft wonders. A “sublime dream cookie,” one of our judges said.

Category: Holidays · The Candy Side · What I Ate Today
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