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Feb 23, 2010 05:41 PM

poppy seed hamentashen?

Any recommendations for a place to buy good poppy seed hamentashen? I am at a loss and may resort to making my own.

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    1. re: sallyt

      Clear Flour, when they make hamantashen (only at Purim) usually has poppy and apricot. (Last year they also did a chocolate ganache version which...just kind of bothered me somehow.) I do love their hamantashen!

      Kupel's definitely does poppyseed and are decent enough.

      1. re: sallyt

        I was thinking of calling Clear Flour to see whether they have hamentashen. I have had the poppy seed hamentashen at Kupels and think they are just ok.

        1. re: veggielover

          I haven't been in to Clear Flour this week, but they should have them. Do give them a call to confirm flavors - they never have a wide range.

          1. re: Allstonian

            Starting today, Clear Flour has raspberry, poppy seed, and chocolate ganache:


            Last year, I craved Zingerman's hamantashen so much that I paid $40 for 8 hamentashen - + shipping! They make a great version with a Mexican Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese filling... It was actually worth it.

      2. Poppy is my favorite type of hamentashen. The ones at Kupel will do in a pinch, but my recollection is the pastry part is too hard and dry. I really love the ones at Moishe's in the East Village, which have a super buttery, crumbly but moist enough pastry. Anyone familiar with those and know of something comparable around here?

        1. I went to Clear Flour today and bought some poppy seed and chocolate hamentashen. Both flavors were excellent, though chocolate is not a flavor that I normally associate with hamentashen. The pastry was a good butter cookie dough.Thanks for the suggestion.

          Does anyone know of excellent poppy seed hamentashen made with a yeast pastry dough?

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          1. re: veggielover

            i think that Bazaar may have poppy seed made with yeast. haven't tried them but saw them there today.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              I just checked Bazaar, but unfortunately they must be out, at least at the Beacon location. (They had "cookie dough" ones, but since I grew up with yeast ones, yeast with poppy filling are really the only kind I consider to be actual hamentashn :) ) I didn't have time to make any, so I think I might be out of luck this year!

            2. re: veggielover

              Cheryl Ann's in Putterham Circle (near Temple Emeth, on the Brookline/West Roxbury line) has the yeast dough (soft) hamentachen with all flavors including (my favorite as well) "muin" AKA poppy seed. I love the soft ones too, they are usually only available around Purim.

              1. re: veggielover

                On Friday Blacker's Bakeshop in Newton had a variety made with yeast pastry dough as well as cookie dough. I don't know if they'd still have any left by now.

                I had never heard of yeast pastry dough hamentashen so I tried both. I prefer the cookie dough based on the one experience.

                  1. re: veggielover

                    I'm new to the area, so can't really tell you where it is (other than the address). I just happened upon it while driving home from Newton.

                    Blacker's Bakeshop
                    551 Commonwealth Ave
                    Newton, MA 02459
                    (617) 332-2008

                    I would definitely call first if you're looking for hamentashen. They're parve (dairy & meat-free) kosher, & I'm pretty sure they're closed Friday sunset-Saturday. If you go, please post about what you get. I really wondered about their challah... Can parve rugalach be good?

                    1. re: quirkydeb

                      I didn't try the hamentashen at Blacker's as I am not a big fan of parve pastries. Give me some fruit, chocolate or sorbet any day.

                      I did try the hamentashen at Bread and Chcolate in Newtonville, and I thought that they were just all right. They had apricot ginger and poppy seed fig with a buttery dough.

                      IMO, the Clear Flour hamentashen were better, but not better then the ones from my kitchen. Next year, I am going to make my own poppy seed hamentashen to go with the apricot and prune that I already bake.

              2. I just had a poppy seed hamentashen (hamentash?) last night from Clear Flour and it was the best hamentashen I have ever had! Better even than my mom's (and she makes wonderful ones). The filling had more flavor to it than just poppy--lemon, I think, and the cookie part was worth eating on its own. I'm betting Clear Flour uses butter since it doesn't worry about being parve (dairy-free).

                This was a cookie worth eating year-round. Unfortunately I just called Clear Flour & they're gone until next year. So if anyone has any left, I would pay or maybe trade you homemade cookies/ice cream...

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                1. re: quirkydeb

                  quirkydeb- I have one chocolate ganache hamantashen left, and you're welcome to it if you want it - post your email if you're interested, and I'll contact you off-line.

                  1. re: sallyt

                    Oooh! Thanks! I've never had a chocolate ganache hamentashen, but if it's Clear Flour, it must be good. quirkydebatyahoo etc. Thank you.

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