|Making the rounds for Purim.(Photo by: Dan Peretz)|
Making the rounds for Purim
By NORA BERLIN
As every year, bakeries around the country offer both traditional and novel varieties of hamantaschen. Here are 8 we sampled.
A rich collection that includes sugar-free cookies, a savory selection
and yeast hamantaschen. Other traditional holiday delicacies on offer include
ma’amul (date-filled cookies); Turkish delight-filled cookies. The special ones
are with marzipan filling and brandy-meringue. From the savory collection, we
loved the pesto cheese filling.
Kosher. NIS 32 – 39 for 350 gr. of sweet
and sugar-free cookies, and NIS 7 for 100 gr. savory or yeast pastry
ones. For more information about the selection, the recipes and a branch
near you, visit www.shemo.co.il.
Interesting fillings such as
winesoaked prunes with silan and almond cream are among the best in this year's
selection. Other options include halva with chocolate and excellent traditional
poppy seed ones.
Kosher. NIS 9.90 for 100 gr. To find a branch near you,
call (09) 899-9927 or go to www.roladin.co.il.
pastry stuffed with classic and new fillings such as poppy citrus, nougat and
chocolate and fantastic tehina and pistachios.
Kosher. 67 Hayarkon Bnei
Brak. Festive 300 gr. boxes are sold at NIS 35. Deliveries are made to
all parts of the country. Call (03) 570-4015/8.
Turning to the
traditional, the chain offers variations of the traditional poppy seed fillings,
including combinations of poppy and chocolate, cherries or apples. We liked best
the ones made from poppy seed pastry and the kids’ chocolate with M&M’s.
There is also a sugar-free selection.
Kosher. NIS 32 for 20. NIS 59 for
36. Call 1-700-723-723.
The rich egg-free cream and butter
pastry cookies are filled with classic and new variations, such as nut and
spices, marzipan and orange and sweet cheese. We couldn’t decide which was best
– they’re all good.
Not kosher. NIS 11 for 100 gr. 3 Avraham Giron St.
Yahud, (03) 539-2500. 53 Derech Hashalom St., Givatayim.
This boutique bakery offers lovely looking packages of varied hamantaschen,
including classic poppy seed, chocolate, date and halva, as well as a selection
of sugar-free ones.
Not kosher. NIS 27 for 225 gr. 4 Derech Hahoresh,
Yahud, (03) 632-1793.
7 DALLAL THE BAKERY
Butter pastry filled with great
combinations of poppy seed and chocolate, pistachio and cherry (our favorite) or
almond cream and date.
Not kosher. NIS 3 for one. NIS 36 for 14. 7 Kol
Israel Haverim, Neveh Tzedek, (03) 510-9292.
8 LEHEM EREZ
chain of café-restaurant- bakeries, famous for their excellent breads, offer
rich butter-andcream pastry with quality fillings such as halva, dates and poppy
Not kosher. NIS 35 for packages of 360 gr. www.lehemerez.co.il.