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Haman's Fritters. Recipe

History:
Haman's Fritters, also known as Haman's Ears or Orecchie di Haman, are a traditional Jewish pastry associated with the festive holiday of Purim. Purim celebrates the story of Queen Esther, who saved the Jewish people from the evil plot of the wicked Haman. As part of the celebrations, fritters resembling Haman's ears are made and enjoyed.

Fun Facts:
1. The name "Haman's Fritters" or "Haman's Ears" is based on the belief that Haman, the antagonist in the Purim story, had distinctive ears. The pastries are shaped to resemble his ears as a symbolic way to mock him.
2. Purim is a joyful holiday with costumes, gift-giving, and feasting. Haman's Fritters are a delicious treat that adds to the overall merriment of the celebration.
3. The frying of the fritters in oil is reminiscent of the miracle of the oil in the story of Hanukkah, another important Jewish holiday.

Recipe - Haman's Fritters:

Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of Florence oil (or any vegetable oil)
- 1 pound of all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs, beaten
- Oil for frying (vegetable oil or canola oil)

Instructions:
1. In a small saucepan, heat the Florence oil over medium heat until it starts to scald. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and beaten eggs. Slowly pour in the scalded oil while continuously stirring with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms.
3. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
4. After the resting period, divide the dough into smaller portions for easier handling. Roll out each portion into a thin sheet, approximately 1/8 inch thick.
5. Use a knife or a pastry cutter to cut the dough into square-shaped pieces, around four inches in size. Place the cut pieces on a baking sheet or clean surface to dry for about 10-15 minutes.
6. In a deep frying pan or a pot, heat oil for frying over medium-high heat. Make sure there is enough oil to submerge the fritters completely.
7. Carefully drop a few pieces of the dried dough into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the fritters for a few minutes until they turn golden brown and become crisp.
8. Using two silver skewers (or any utensils), carefully lift the fried fritters out of the oil and transfer them to a plate lined with kitchen paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat the frying process with the remaining pieces of dough.
9. Once all the fritters are fried and drained, serve them warm or at room temperature. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two.

Similar Recipe Dishes:

1. Hamantaschen - Another traditional pastry associated with Purim, Hamantaschen are triangular-shaped cookies filled with various sweet fillings like poppy seed, jam, or chocolate. They symbolize the three-cornered hat Haman was said to have worn.
2. Sufganiyot - These jelly-filled doughnuts are often consumed during the celebrations of Hanukkah. They are deep-fried and dusted with powdered sugar, bringing joy to the festivities.
3. Churros - While not specifically associated with Jewish holidays, churros are fried pastries enjoyed by many cultures. They are often served with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a side of warm chocolate sauce for dipping.

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