Ozne Haman (Hamantaschen)

Course : Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
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3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 dash salt
3 large eggs
1 package apricots
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon spices - whatever youd like (nutmeg -- cinnamon....)
10 ounces dried apricots
20 ounces pineapple in its own juice (1 can)
1/2 medium lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 teaspoons poppy seeds

Preparation / Directions:

Mix eggs well, add oil and mix well. Add salt and baking powder to to this mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and knead. Refrigerate for at least several hours. Roll out in small circles to make the filled triangles. Bake in a hot oven (375-400 degrees F). Apricot Puree index{apricots!apricot puree} Put apricots in a bowl, cover with water. Soak for a few hours. If the apricots are sour, add honey or sugar. Add a few drops of lemon juice and any other spices you'd like. (Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc. Experiment!) Cook over a low flame until the apricots are soft and the water is thick. Transfer to a food processor or blender and mash well. The puree may be refrigerated. It should be spooned onto the dough before the dough circles are folded into the triangular hamentaschen. Apricot/Pineapple Filling index{apricots!apricot-pineapple puree} index{pineapple!apricot-pineapple puree} Simmer the apricots in the juice from the pineapple and lemon until soft. Blend everything in blender or food processor until smooth with some chunks. Let cool and chill before usin

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