This post may contain affiliate links. See full disclosure here.Almost a year ago I wrote on this very blog that I would not bake hamantaschen for you. I had been too intimidated, citing reasons founded in my childhood for why I refused to bake. Yet, here I am posting a recipe for an excellent Chocolate Stout Hamantaschen. What gives?
In the past year, a lot has changed. I have finished a whole college school year, the then-fiance became the now-husband, and I have had a lot of time to read. Specifically, I’ve been reading a lot about baking. I’ve been experimenting and tasting. Trying to break that mystery which has eluded me for so long and–finally!–I broke through. I can’t tell you when I exactly reached that a-ha! moment, only that I did. And thanks to that breakthrough, the recipe I’m sharing with you today now exists.
Two Spring Holidays | Two Cultures
Being both Irish and Jewish, the proximity of the Purim holiday with St. Paddy’s day has been convenient. Both festivals give alcohol a strong supporting role. Both require merriment and good food. They’re both Spring holidays, perhaps with very different origins, but similar celebrations.
As a Jew, Purim is probably my favorite holiday. It’s joyous and fun, whether you imbibe or you choose to simply dress up. Our synagogue, like so many others, throws a huge party. We always have a theme (this year it’s Marvel) and members dress up either in theme or in whatever costume tickles their fancy that year. We listen to the story of Esther, jeering at the part of Haman and cheering for Mordechai. All the while, we drink. We drink until we can no longer distinguish the Hamans from the Mordechais. And we Uber ourselves to avoid DUIs.
St. Paddy’s Day
As an Irish woman, St. Paddy’s Day is my only holiday. In fact, people without any known Irish heritage can be found wearing shirts and pins advertising, “Kiss me I’m Irish.” It’s similarly a joyous holiday, centered around a lot of drinking. People drink green beer, eat “Irish” foods, and dress up in green.
Chocolate Stout Hamantaschen
This chocolate stout hamantaschen recipe attempts to bring the two holidays together. Guinness is incorporated into our standard chocolate ganache filling to give the Jewish cookie some Irish flair. The dough is sweet and distinctly chocolate-y while the filling takes on a more bittersweet taste.