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jlc79 Nov 26, 2007 04:59 PM

Who has the best hamantaschen in Philly? I especially like the ones made with poppy seeds. Should I try Kaplan's at 3rd and Poplar, or maybe Termini's has them?

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    critical mass Nov 26, 2007 05:28 PM

    Neither. Irene's Bakery in the Northeast, they used to have a branch in the Rittenhouse area, has the best. Perhaps Whole Foods which carries Irene's products will have them or you can try Wegman's. I go to the one in Cherry Hill because it is close toCenter City but there are other ones.

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      bakersdozen600 Jan 16, 2008 03:38 PM

      Swiss Pastry has SUPER Hamantaschen. fresh baked and a variety of flavors!! even some w/ poppy! Just RE-Opened!! with new equipment from what i hear!!

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        FelafelBoy Jan 17, 2008 10:27 PM

        What is their crust/dough like?

        My preference is for a chewier, softer, and richer texture and taste.

        The version I had from Roling's bakery in Elkins Park was one that was more of a cookie batter - it had the taste of eggs and butter but was more on the dry and crisp side when bitten into. Their filling had a clean taste, not too sweet.

        My preference is for a thicker dough, with a strong taste of egg, butter, and milk (or something similar) and to be more on the moist side, unlike what I had from Roling's. . I prefer my hamentaschen to be more challenging to bite into than a "tea cake" and to be more than something resembling a cookie with a fruit-fillied center.

        It's subjective, of course. I think bakeries should offer various types of hamenstaschen for different personalities!!

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      Ali Nov 27, 2007 11:13 AM

      Swiss Pastry Shop had [what looked like] them when I stopped in yesterday. I can't attest to the taste, but I like most of the cookies there.

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        lawgirl3278 Nov 27, 2007 12:54 PM

        Try a bakery in the Northeast or Port Richmond. My mom used to get hers somewhere up there.

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          FoieGrasFranc Nov 28, 2007 03:57 PM

          I love the Famous 4th St Deli's. I don't remember them having poppy seeds, but they're quite scrumptious nonetheless.

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            pamd Dec 5, 2007 06:50 AM

            they do have good ones, pretty sure they have mun (poppy), and good large chocolate rugelach too!

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            mazza3 Dec 4, 2007 12:35 PM

            kaplan's has them and they are very good. not so sure where else to recommend or where a better one might be. the poppy seeds are my favie too, though the best i know come from a coworker.

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              medford Dec 4, 2007 08:04 PM

              Try Lipkin's Bakery on Castor Ave. just above Rhawn in the NE. Don't blink or you'll miss it--tiny store front but packed with good stuff inside. Old time and very traditional baked goods. They typically carry Hamantashen with poppy, prune, cherry, and blueberry filling. They even have some flavors that are 'no added sugar'. I've been buying from them for over 25 years and never disappointed.

              While you're there, pick up a few knishes--they are known for them, too. Can you tell I like their stuff?

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                Difromphilly Dec 5, 2007 04:25 PM

                Was there a branch of Lipkin's in North Philly 20 years ago? They used to make beautiful braided breads. And great salt sticks.

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                  medford Dec 5, 2007 04:47 PM

                  I don't know about a North Philly location. At one time they had 2 store on Castor Ave. The one closer to Oxford Circle closed after a fire in the bakery about 20 years ago. I've only visited the NE stores. They do make a great breads, Challah, rye, and those nearly flat onion rolls. I don't remember if they make salt sticks, though.

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                FoolForFood Dec 5, 2007 06:42 AM

                This may sound odd, given that it's an italian bakery in Havertown, but Testa's makes hamantaschen that my fiance's jewish grandmother (originally from Queens) absolutely loves. While you're there, try the chocolate chip canolis.

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                  malkazanie Dec 5, 2007 06:10 PM

                  There is a wonderful little Kosher bakery across the street from the Elkins Park Train Station. Their hamentaschen are absolutely delicious, and inexpensive. Highly recommended.

                  Roling's Bakery
                  7848 Montgomery Ave
                  Elkins Park, PA 19027-2668
                  Phone: (215) 635-5524

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                    FelafelBoy Dec 5, 2007 10:21 PM

                    Any reason as far as ingredients go, why Chowhounders like their favorite bakery or store for hamantaschen?

                    I find that those that use butter (vs. margarine), and other natural ingredients, with butter, eggs, and flour as the more prevalent ingredient have a "richer" feel in the mouth.
                    I find that one supermarket, whose name I will leave out, often uses sugar as the most prevalent ingredient in its bakery products, and the result is a lack of a rich product. (i.e taste the difference between the bakery products like carrot cake and rugelach at Costco's vs. what you might find at your local supermarket, such as the one whose name begins with the letter "A.")

                    I don't know why, but Kosher/Jewish bakeries tend to produce baked goods that have a rich taste to the product that lingers - almost as though the combination of butter, milk, sugar, milk, eggs, etc is used in abundance to produce the "right" mouth feel and taste. Some bake products I have had at other bakeries that don't make their products in the same way produce a product that is drier and less sweet. (even mandelbrot, as dry as it is, at a Jewish bakery, has the same richer taste).

                    (Edited here due to my becoming aware of an article about the "babka" in the "dining and wine" section of a major national newspaper on Wednesday. The article described the difference that the following ingredients can make - cake and regular flour, whole eggs and egg yolks, soft butter vs. margarine, and some other ingredients in the creation of a better babka. Yes, reading that article is tempting me to create the next topic of major importance ... where to find the best babka in our area! I'd think that a bakery or store that makes better hamantaschen, also is likely to make a good babka, as well as rugelach. The rugelach I had from Costco was 100x better than that sold from the bakery at supermarket "A." Again, the difference was in the prevalence of sugar vs. the prevalence of flour, cheese, butter, nuts, etc. I do think it is much more difficult to make a good babka vs. hamantaschen. Ditto with rugelach.)

                    My favorite hamantaschen filling is poppy seed, the traditional prune filling reminds me of eating more of a healthy treat than what I experience as a more enjoyable taste coming from a fruitier filling!! And if the dough used is what I like, I don't care what the filling is - I just enjoy munching on the dough surrounding the filling! I don't know of any bakeries in the western suburbs near KOP that offer good hamantashen other than what I see prepackaged in supermarkets which I believe is imported from an Brooklyn bakery. (I think the name is "Irene's.") Maybe Michael's Deli might offer freshly made hamantaschen. I'm not aware of that. I think of the lack of top notch bakeries in this area. The only one I would not think twice about the quality for is Whole Foods in Devon. They use very high quality ingredients for their bake goods, and if they did a hamantaschen, I have no doubts it would be very good. (I say this, because as dry as corn bread is, theirs is the best I've ever had, and is rich in a way you might think a Jewish bakery might make a cornbread!)

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                      JanR Jan 18, 2008 05:34 AM

                      A couple years ago I bought poppy seed hamantaschen (also my favorite) at Whole Foods, and they were very good.

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                        GBak504 Jan 24, 2008 01:56 PM

                        Szypula's on Richmond St has nice cheese babka, nce poppy seed rolls too. Perhaps Bell's market or similar in NE might have as well.

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                          GBak504 Jan 24, 2008 01:59 PM

                          PS - Krakus market at 3150 Richmond St too.

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