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Dessert this Shabbos?? - hamentaschen or not?

What should I serve for dessert this Shabbos? What are you serving?

If I serve hamentaschen, will everyone be into it? Or will I have violated a norm by serving a ritual food before the megillah is read? I don't mean that literally, I mean, how will my guests react? With pleasure or with (politely veiled) horror?

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  1. I vote yes. It always bugs me that Purim has a specific food but it's only "officially" available one day a year (well, two if you count Sushan Purim, but I don't). What other holiday food has that little annual exposure?!

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    1. re: DeisCane

      In 60 years, the only time I have ever eaten Carob/St. John's Bread/Buchser has been TuB'Shvat....and I for one don't want to see the annual exposure extended.

      1. re: bagelman01

        I grew up with hippie parents who served carob instead of chocolate regularly so I don't share your distaste. But there are other things on the list for tu b'shevat that people eat year-round.

        1. re: DeisCane

          I was not writing about carob powder used as a chocolate subsitute (too many diets over the decades) but the actual hard dried fruit

        2. re: bagelman01

          Next year, instead of trying to eat a rock with seeds inside, try getting a bag of carob chips.

          I remember the days when we ate pomegranate only on Rosh Hashana.

        3. re: DeisCane

          2nd reply to your question................

          I was acually planning Pesach shopping/menu and it dawned on me

          Charoset

          1. re: bagelman01

            Charoseth gets two days (both Seders) to hamentaschen's one. And many people eat it throughout pesach. Oh and we had the carob pods growing up. :)

            1. re: DeisCane

              I make enough charoses to last all Pesach. That way I can have it for breakfast (what else can you have for breakfast?)

              1. re: arifree

                Breakfast on Pesach:

                Salami and eggs with home fries
                Matzo Meal Pancakes with Cinnamon Sugar
                Coffee and Pesach Mandelbrot
                Scrambled Eggs and onions

                what's the problem? No shortage of breakfast items

                1. re: bagelman01

                  The nutrition and fiber that I miss from something like Raisin Bran. Even Cocoa Puffs is more nutritionally dense than anything you can get for Pesach.

                  1. re: arifree

                    I love Pesach breakfasts! Scrambled eggs with potatoes, shakshuka, yogurt with apples, Israeli salad with feta or cottage cheese...as long as you have delicious fresh produce, you can't go wrong!

                    1. re: arifree

                      Cooked cereal. Mani makes it or you can just use matza meal (although it's ground a little too coarse.)

                      Cooks up and tastes like Cream of Wheat. Add a little salt, date or maple syrup or cinnamon/brown sugar, raisins, whatever you would normally add to Cream of Wheat.

                      My kids call it "Bubbie's cereal" and claim that she is the only one who knows how to make it.

                      1. re: arifree

                        You can have whole wheat matzah, veggies, nuts, probably some other stuff with fiber, protein, etc.

                        But my main reaction when people say things like this
                        is . . . it's three days, it's only three days. Granted, I am making the following assumption: I am assuming most people do not have a regular breakfast on shabbos or yom tov itself, since they are usually in shul, and many people don't eat before going to shul. I suppose I could be wrong . . . maybe people eat before they go to shul. And I guess not everyone even goes to shul. But for me, we're talking three days. I could survive without anything specific for three days.

                          1. re: SoCal Mother

                            Kids...yes, exactly. They will NOT eat salad for breakfast. They WILL eat Manishevitz Junkios but do you want them to? I don't understand how someone can create a box of cereal with all 0% on the nutrition label and get away with it in this time and age.

                            Charoses is my solution to the Pesach breakfast cereal problem. It is full of fruit and nuts so it has plenty of soluble fiber and vitamins. I make it with dates, raisins, apples, almonds, walnuts, orange juice, wine and quite a bit of cinnamon. It's OK to leave out the wine for the breakfast version and just use more orange juice.

                            Spread on some whole wheat matza and there you go.

                            Maybe I'll also add a banana this year.

                            1. re: arifree

                              Feeding small children breakfast on Pesach is a problem.

                              Thick, bread-like matzo brei cooked like a fritatta works beautifully.

                              And pancakes/fritters: potato, banana, sweet potato, mashed or grated. lots of things to make fritters from .

                              Served with soft white cheese or with jelly, maple syrup or silan (date syrup).

                              Another child-freiendly Pesach breakfast is sliced bananas in a bowl with milk sprinkled with sugar.

                              And, of course, fried potatoes and eggs.

                              1. re: AdinaA

                                Cashew butter is also a great idea for replacing all those peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.

                                1. re: AdinaA

                                  You read my mind. My daughter isn't very picky, but breakfast on Passover last year was tough. I also liked to give her a hearty snack before heading to relatives for lunch.

                                2. re: arifree

                                  Well Israeli kids will eat salad for breakfast...

                                  1. re: SoCal Mother

                                    But now they eat chocolate spread or Nutella sandwiches for lunch.

                              2. re: queenscook

                                I eat before shul. Shabbos, yom tov, whatever. Why wouldn't I? It's breakfast time. I'm hungry.

                                1. re: DeisCane

                                  I'm not saying you shouldn't. However, many people don't, in my experience. There are also halachot which some hold by, which say one shouldn't eat before shul. There are exceptions, and not everyone is so strict about it, myself included. I never sit down and eat a meal before shul, though; I will take a cookie or something light, just to take the edge off.

                                  1. re: queenscook

                                    Many people daven vasikin and have breakfast afterwards. Shalosh seudos would be lunchtime.

                  2. I won't be serving Hamentashen for dessert this shabbos. All week I've been warning the family they can't sample until Purim,

                    SO, I have taken extra dough from my yeast hamentashen and poppy filling and made Mohn Cake, which I've baked with chopped walnuts adhered to the outside of the cake and will ice with white sugary icing.
                    For Shabbos lunch we'll have assorted jelly cookies made with the cookie dough I use for Hamentashen and assorted jellies and sprinkles.

                    I get to put off the hamentashen experience for Purim, but really have littlke etxa labor using the same two doughs and fillings for the Shabbos desserts.

                    1. I'm all about extending the holiday spirit as much as possible! Plus, once Purim starts, there is such a barrage of edibles that you don't necessarily get to appreciate a good homemade hamentash. I say serve them now!

                      1. I had hamentaschen last Shabbat already, so I say go for it.

                        1. Serve the hamentashen! In my experience people love them and they are always welcome. I've been known to crack them out of the freezer months later and pair them with chocolate covered matzah for a "retro" dessert!

                          1. If your guests will be horrified if you serve hamentashen on the day before Purim, it may be time to find some other people to hang out with!

                            1. this shabbos i'm definitely going to get down with my hamentaschen because on Purim I never try them - always too much jelly goodness in every box. I'm going to do a big bakery one, so that people can take little pieces off and try different flavors.

                              1. Hamentaschen is the way to go. Shabbos is sandwiched between tanis ester and purim so it is definitely in the holiday time frame.

                                1. If you serve them THIS Shabbos, they will probably react in horror, thinking that you were trying to push the Shaloch Manos that nobody else dared to touch.