It was bound to happen. With all the crazy things bakers are doing to croissants and doughnuts, hamantaschen could hardly hope to dodge the relentless forces of confectionary innovation.
Purim begins at sundown on Saturday, and hamantaschen, the holiday’s signature pastry, are taking the spotlight at Long Island bakeries — often in nifty new flavors.
Hamantaschen, for the uninitiated, are triangular pastries that derive their name from the Haman, the villain of the Purim story. (“Taschen” means pockets in German.) Note that, like cannoli, hamantaschen is plural: “Since it’s Purim, I decided to have a hamantasch instead of a cannolo!”
At Sweet Karma Desserts, owner Brian Fishman and pastry chef Taylor D’Argenio are pioneering this brave new world with hamantaschen filled with cannoli cream (I’m dubbing these cannomentaschen) and Nutella (Numentaschen?). S’mentaschen (s’mores hamantaschen) are filled with chocolate, topped with browned marshmallows and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. Classic apricot, raspberry and chocolate hamantaschen are also available as, in limited quantities, are old-fashioned poppy and prune. All are $1.50 apiece.
36 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, 516-794-4478, sweetkarmadesserts.com
At the other end of the spectrum is Walls’ Bake Shop in Hewlett, where owner Mark Schechner steers clear of innovation. Not only are his hamantaschen limited to poppy, prune, apricot and raspberry, he carries on the old tradition of using yeast dough. While all flavors are available with the typical cookie-dough crust, poppy and prune are also made using Schechner’s rich babka dough. Large hamantaschen are $2.25, minis are $16.75 a pound.
1336 Broadway, Hewlett, 516-374-3771
Here are more Long Island bakeries making hamantaschen for Purim:
Riesterer’s 282 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead, 516-481-7636, rbakery.com
Raspberry, apricot, prune, poppy, chocolate, strawberry and caramel-apple hamantaschen are 70 cents for minis, $1.95 for regular, $3.95 for 6-inch “jumbo.”
Zuckerbakers Bake Shop
2845 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh, 516-785-6900, zuckerbakers.com
Apricot, raspberry, prune, poppy, chocolate and vanilla Bavarian cream hamantaschen are $2.25, minis are $14 a pound. Zuckerbakers is a peanut-, tree-nut- and dairy-free bakery.
1139 Jericho Tpke, Commack, 631-864-8066; 327 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, 516-935-3340; 1014 Willis Ave., Albertson, 516-625-0133
Apricot, raspberry, prune, poppy and chocolate hamantaschen are $2.95; minis are $16.50 a pound.
Beach Bakery Café
112 Main St., Westhampton Beach, 631-288-6552, beachbakerycafe.com
Apricot, raspberry and prune mini hamantaschen are $11 a pound.
Park Bake Shop
112 Main St. Kings Park, 631-269-3825, parkbakeshop.com
Apricot, raspberry, lemon, prune and cheese hamantaschen are $2.95.