Pop Culture

Hamentaschen are unarguably the dessert du jour for Purim, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for creative interpretation. Iron out the corners, add a lollipop stick handle for grab-and-go fun, and you’d get these stunningly simple pie pops.  Between the tender crust and fruity center, what are they but miniature, triangular pies, after all?  Familiar fillings with small twists liven up the standard pastry, sure to satisfy the traditional and adventurous palate alike. Not to mention, the downsized format is perfect for portion control.

Filling options are truly limitless, but I do have three suggestions to get you started.

Creamy chocolate mousse is a fool-proof pick for any crowd, possessing a richness and depth of flavor unexpected from such a simple preparation.   Pecan pie, that classy southern belle, meets with the decidedly northern delight of maple syrup.  Crunchy, nutty, sweet and salty, this study in contrasts comes together harmoniously in each bite.  Finally, the last filling is not one to share with the kids, but a treat for the adults to fight over instead.  Tender pieces of ripe pear are gently simmered in and infused with cider and red wine before being stuffed inside those flaky pastry cases.   Family-style pies can only dream of being this elegant and fun all at once.

A few months stand in the way of this fun holiday, so you still have plenty of time to dream and scheme up something new. Hit the links for the aforementioned recipes, and check out the Maple-Pecan filling below…

Maple-Pecan Filling:

1/4 Cup Grade B Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Plain Non-Dairy Milk
Pinch Salt
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
3/4 Cup Pecan Pieces
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, vigorously whisk together the maple syrup, non-dairy milk, salt, and cornstarch, so that there are no lumps of starch remaining. Cook until the mixture comes up to a lively bubble, whisking constantly so that nothing sticks or burns. Once fully boiling and significantly thickened, turn off the heat and stir in the pecan pieces and vanilla. Cool completely before baking into pie pops.

Proceed as per the instructions in the pie crust recipe.

Printable Recipe

[Written for Joy of Kosher Magazine]

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29 thoughts on “Pop Culture

  1. Oh boy ! THAT is a wonderful idea ! Pop-like cookies, with a yummy maple filling. That’s a killing recipe !
    I definitely need to remember this idea – and thinking about a cookie (e)book, I already have the flavors, but still need some more original ways of presenting the little treats.
    I am so curious about the inside though, I have this crazy habit that makes me wants a picture of inside the cakes all the time haha.

  2. I don’t know if I will ever understand the pop trend, but they sure are cute. I think I just always want a bigger serving than that.

  3. Aah! This is so clever! ^^ I never thought of really making the pies for “pops” – but I’m going to the store to buy some sticks right now!

  4. I do love Hamentaschen, but if we’re being honest…I’d take one of these babies over them anyday! Especially when filled with chocolate or maple heaven.

  5. I’ve never really been a pie person, but Hannah, I think there is a high likelihood of me making that filling and eating it straight.

  6. Pie pops are so much fun! Love the maple-pecan filling…I could go for one with an ice cream cone in the other hand :)

  7. You are too good, I never think to make hamentaschen until I realize it’s the week of Purim! Needless to say, I have yet to perfect my recipe.

  8. I love this idea, and the filling possibilities are endless! And good portion-wise if you’re cutting back on the calories -that is, if you can eat just one! ;-)

    btw, Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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