I know this looks long, but read it and you will see how simple and EASY it is! Everyone has been making sweet hamentashen for Purim, with different typical and unique fillings. Some people have created savory hamentashen filled with ground meat and other goodness. I decided to create focaccia hamentashen because at every Purim meal, people want to have bread, but having challah just feels strange. Here is a bread for your feast that will wow your guests in flavor and appearance!
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- 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 yellow pepper thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons dried thyme
- 3 tablespoons silan date honey or honey
- 3 1/2 cups flour whole wheat or regular
- 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons salt pink Himalayan
- 1/4 cup olive oil plus more for greasing
- 1/2 cup brie cheese optional
- 1/2 cup fresh basil stems removed, roughly chopped
- In a large bowl add the flour, yeast, salt, water and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix together into a dough, using a bit extra flour if needed. Kneed for 1 minute until it becomes a ball of dough.
- Place a towel on top and put in a warm place for 25 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare 2 large baking sheet pans with parchment paper.
- On one baking sheet add the peppers, olive oil, a pinch of salt, thyme and silan and mix well. Place in oven for 20 minutes.
- Roll out dough into a large circle on to the second sheet pan. Add the pepper topping (and brie if using) to the center of the dough. Using your fingertips, wet all around the edge of the dough. Join all corners, creating a triangle. Pinch really tightly to ensure it doesn't open during baking.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Remove, let slightly cool and and fresh basil right before serving. Slice at the table.
Notes & Tips:
If you have an "Italian spice" or the "Everything Bagel spice" or in Israel the spice called "Tuscana", Sprinkle it on top before baking for an extra delicious pop of flavor.