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Archive for February 27, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Hamantaschen For Purim

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Make hamentaschen this weekend. Photo
courtesy Zabars.com.

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy hamantaschen (also spelled hamentaschen), the traditional tri-corned cookie that celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim. This year it’s celebrated from February 28th through March 1st.

The story of Purim, as told in the Bible’s Book of Esther, tells of the deliverance of the Jewish people from an annihilation plot of the Persian king Haman, who wore a tri-corner hat (hence the shape of the cookies, the name of which translates into “Haman’s pockets”).

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ENTERTAINING: The Cupcake Becomes Even More Fetching

The cost of party cakes is out of control: a 1/2″ thick piece of wedding cake for $10 a slice? That’s what wedding cake specialists charge in our town. To add to the pain, hotels charge a “cake slicing fee” to cut and serve the cake.

This, plus the fact that too many guests don’t like the heavy fondant that covers many wedding cakes, means that you’ve just paid a fortune to serve people something they may just pick at—or ignore completely.

But there’s a happy solution:

Cupcake “trees” have been fashionable at weddings and other parties for several years.

You can make the presentation even more exciting with cupcake wrappers—gracefully die-cut outer wrappers into which the finished cupcake is placed—are now offered in so many colors and designs, that there’s a beautiful presentation that elevates the already-charming cupcake.

 

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A wide range of wrappers turn cupcakes
into celebration cakes. Photo courtesy KitchenKrafts.com.

Cupcake wrappers aren’t inexpensive—they run a dollar or more apiece. But combine the cost of the cupcake and the wrapper, and you can serve something less expensive, more exciting at the table and cake that people are excited to eat.

Next recommended improvement: Make the wrappers edible or collectible. It’s a crime to throw something so lovely away.

Visit the collection at KitchenKrafts.com.

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