A savoury spin on hamantaschen for a tasty Purim treat or any time of the year!
Wrap up Purim with this festive take on Chinese-style duck pancakes. You can make them to serve immediately or if you want to prepare them ahead, they will be just as tasty, reheated and crisped up in a hot oven for about 15 minutes in a single layer. This recipe gives a great deal of bang for your buck by stretching a costly ingredient like duck to serve several without it seeming sparse.
INGREDIENTS: Makes 8-10
1 large duck leg
1-2 tsp five spice powder
2 packs pancake wrappers
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 dessert spoons cornflour
1-2 finely shredded spring onions
Oil for frying
Pierce the duck leg all over with a sharp knife and place skin side down in a deep sided frying pan over a low light until the skin is golden and most of the fat has rendered off.
Remove the duck and allow it to cool a little.
Heat the oven to 200°C/ 180°c fan. Rub the duck leg all over with the five-spice powder then place on a rack over a roasting tin in the centre of the oven for approximately 1 hour.
Remove the duck from the oven and shred finely using two forks. Place the shredded duck meat in a bowl and add the chopped spring onion and a couple of tablespoons of the hoisin sauce and mix well.
Mix one dessertspoon of cornflour with a little water to the consistency of thick double cream. Smear one pancake with some of this cornflour mixture and then place another on the top to make a double layer pancake.
Put about a dessertspoonful of duck mixture in the middle of the pancake and fold two sides in to form a point and seal it with the paste. Gently push the duck into the pointed end and then fold over the flap and seal with more paste.
Heat 2 -3 cm of flavourless frying oil in a large, high-sided pan over a medium heat. Fry the duck ‘hamantashen’ until golden brown on both sides.
If the hoisin sauce is too thin to use as a dipping sauce, heat it gently in a small saucepan. Add a and thicken with the cornflour mixed with a little water.
Pour the sauce into a small dish and serve with the duck hamantashen as a dip.