Cranberry hamentashen, just like the pilgrims never ate

The cranberry madness has begun #hamentashen

A photo posted by Paula J Freedman (@pjfreedman) on Nov 25, 2015 at 3:56pm PST


Posting this for that nice Tara Dairman, who asked for the recipe :-)

3 eggs
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tsp baking powder
5-1/2 cups flour

Mix all liquids. Sift dry ingredients and add to liquid.  Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into circles and fill with [whatever you want].

Crimp or fold edges to sort of form a triangle

Bake at 350 F (about 175 C) for 20 minutes.

For the cranberry filling, I use the Frugal Gourmet’s Spiced Cranberries recipe from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American. I’ve seen the recipe on the interwebs, but I don’t know if it was used with permission, so please Google it yourself. If you don’t like that one, any thick, whole-cranberry recipe will do, though canned sauce is probably too thin and runny (I haven’t tried it).

BTW, the mango-filled version of this recipe is included in the paperback edition of My Basmati Bat Mitzvah. The original recipe, calling for apricot, prune, or chocolate filling, is my mom’s.

Tip: don’t overfill. A little filling goes a long way.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman


Reblogging from yadultreview :-)

Originally posted on yAdult Review:

17290271My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Source: ALA2013
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It:Amazon | IndieBound

During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for “star”) Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-o–who might also be her boyfriend–and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with that snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her…

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My Basmati Bookface Friday!

This is so cool! Thanks, Syosset Public Library!

21st Annual Garden State Teen Book Awards

Here’s some nice news! Just learned that My Basmati Bat Mitzvah is on the ballot for the 21st Annual Garden State Teen Book Award (GSTBA). New Jersey students in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to vote until December 31, 2015. I mean, you certainly don’t have to vote for Basmati–but you should vote! For whichever book is your favorite! And if that happens to be Basmati, well–cool, thanks! :-)

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Sounds Like…

Here’s me playing charades at the Kids Author Carnival last weekend. As you can see, I am very, very serious. Think you can guess which book title I’m acting out? Turn down the volume and guess! :-)

Veera Hiranandani and me at KAC15

Veera Hiranandani and me at #KAC15

In other exciting news, I got to meet someone I’ve wanted to meet in person for a really long time — Veera Hiranandani, author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl and the great Phoebe G. Green series.

Kids Author Carnival 2015

I’m soooo excited to participate in this year’s Kids Author Carnival on May 30 at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. I mean, just look at this line-up of middle grade authors. Last year’s event looked like so much fun. I wonder how we’re going to top it! Mark your calendars for a fun night!

Kids Author Carnival
May 30, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10011