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Hamantashchen

1 cup shortening (not lard)
1 1/4 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp almond extract
5 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder

1 package pitted prunes
1 package raisins
1 lemon, juiced and rind
4 tb. any kind of jelly
1 cup chopped nuts

Cream shortening and sugar well. Add eggs, one at a time. Add the
extracts and fold in the flour and baking powder mixture. Chill
dough. Grind together prunes and raisins in food mill and mix with
other filling ingredients. Roll out dough a small piece at a time.
Cut out rounds with cookie cutter. Put a small amount of filling
in the middle of each round and shape into 3 corners. Bake at 350
for 25-30 minutes.


Poppyseed Filling

1 cup ground poppy seeds
1/2 cup milk or water
2 tbs. butter or margarine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 level tb. golden (corn) syrup or honey
2 tb. sultanas or raisins
1 cup cake crumbs
1 tsp. vanilla essence

Grind the poppy seeds in a nut or coffee grinder, then heat gently
with all the other ingredients (except the crumbs and vanilla)
stirring constantly until a thick paste is formed. Stir in crumbs
and vanilla.

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