Purim is a fun and beautiful holiday. Part of its symbolics is to send Mishloach Manot (sending food gifts/ portions to the needy). Here is a very simple yet very elegant Mishloach Manot idea that everyone loves getting! I’ve used one of my best Challah recipes and added homemade pesto in the middle. I have included a nice bottle of wine (you can also do a bottle of olive oil) and the reviews were absolutely amazing. I decided to be creative and shape the dough as the known Hamantaschens (triangle stuffed cookies) so that no one confuses that it is Purim and not Shabbat:-) I love this idea since its so pretty and elegant! Second of all it is homemade (and I’m all about homemade!). And thirdly IT IS SO SO DELICIOUS!!! Ho, and here is the best part: This pesto takes less than 2 minutes to make.
This is how you do it:
Make the challah dough, let is rise as usual. My Sweet Challa for Shabbat
Prepare the basil pesto: In a blender-cup (the one for smoothies) put a handful of clean basil, a handful of clean parsley, 2 fresh garlic cloves and 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. Blend until you get small chunks, add some salt and pepper and transfer to a little bowl. (Not too liquidy, just blended roughly)
1). Preheat your oven to 350. Dived dough into 15-20 medium balls. Sprinkle some flour so they don’t stick to the rolling pin and open each one until you get a nice circle. Prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
2). Shape each circle like a triangle. Close the corners very very well! Place on the baking sheet and with a little spoon put some of the pesto in the middle.
3). Brush each Hamantaschen with an egg wash. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on the corners and let rise for 10 minutes.
4). Bake for 20-25 minutes until nice and golden. Let cool completely!
5). Place on a nice plate and close with a nice clear paper and a bow.
I’m sure everyone will appreciate this beautiful and original gift!
I would love to hear your thoughts on that one.
Happy Purim everyone!
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