Poppy Seed Hamantaschen is the most common hamantaschen flavor for Purim, as the word hamantaschen actually comes from the Yiddish word for “poppy seed pockets.” The Jewish deli makes hamantaschen every March for Purim, but now you can make them at home. Start a tradition with your kids, making hamantaschen for every Purim! For other sweets straight from Israel, click here

Ingredients for dough: 

· 6 C. all-purpose flour -- divided 
· 1/2  t. salt 
· 1 t. baking powder 
· 1/2  C. shortening 
· 5 eggs -- divided 
· 1 C. honey 

Ingredients for Poppy Seed Filling: 

· 2 C. poppy seeds 
· 1 C. milk 
· 3/4  C. honey 
· 1 t. lemon peel 
· 1/2  C. raisins                                 

Preparation: Combine 5 cups flour, salt and baking powder; mix well.  Make a well in the center and add shortening, 4 eggs and honey.  Work together until dough is formed, adding flour as needed.  Roll out thinly and cut into 4-inch circles.  Grind the poppy seeds; combine with the milk and honey.  Cook over low heat until thickened.  Add 1 teaspoon lemon peel and 1/2 cup raisins. Cool.  Place 1 tablespoon filling on each; fold up three sides and press together into triangles, leaving tops somewhat open. Beat remaining egg and brush over dough.  Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until browned. 

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