SusannahWest's Purim Cakes (Haman Pockets)

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Recipe for Purim Cakes (Haman Pockets) from The Heart of the Settlement Cook Book, 1958. I've typed it verbatim, just as it appears in the cookbook:


Roll out Cholla Dough 1/4 inch thick, cut into 4-inch rounds, brush with oil,spread Poppy Seed Filling or Cheese Filling on half of each round. Fold over other half to form a three-cornered cake. Brush top with warm honey, let rise, and bake in a mderately hot oven, 400 degrees F. until golden brown.

Poppy Seed Filling for Pie or Kuchen
1 cup black poppy seed
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey or syrup
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Rind of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon chopped citron
1/4 cup seedless raisins
1/4 cup sugar
1 tart apple, grated

Grind poppy seed and boil with milk and all other ingredients but apple, until thick. If not sweet enough, add sugar. When cool, add apple or 1/4 cup currant or raspberry jelly or jam.

Cheese Filling
1 lb. cottage cheese
1 egg
1 tablespoon sweet or sour cream, or melted butter
Salt and pepper

Mix ingredients and proceed as above. Or, if desired sweet, omit salt and pepper and cream, and add slightly beaten egg, sugar, grated rind of lemon or cinnamon.

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