Purim Poppy Seed Bars

I apologize for my long break in posting. It really has been overwhelming dealing with the death of a family member and all the unexpected things that have to occur when that happens. The business of grief can be painful and uncomfortable, but add to that dealing with the business of death, sorting through your loved one’s personal possessions, and dealing with the various governmental agencies and banking institutions, there are so very many decisions to be made, endless phone calls and meetings, and always wondering if you have done the right thing. I just needed some time, and I thank you for your patience.

As I mentioned on another post, Purim is a celebratory holiday in the Jewish faith that takes place in March annually. I’m not Jewish, so I won’t try to explain it, but it sounds like it’s a time to be spent with family. These poppy seed bars look like they would be enjoyable all year round.

Purim Poppy Seed Bars

Filling: Blend 3/4 c poppy seed & 1/4 c almonds until powdery. In pan, combine with 1/2 c sugar, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/3 c milk, grated peel of 1 lemon, 1 Tbls lemon juice (2 Tbls). Place over low heat, stirring, 5-10 minutes until thick.

I think you can use a blender or food processor for the “blend” instruction above. Then mix this with the rest of these ingredients to make a filling. Set aside.

Pastry: 1 1/2 c flour, 1/2 c powdered sugar, 1 tsp baking powder. Cut in 1/2 c butter until crumbly. Combine 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp vanilla. Stir into flour. Divide into 2 parts. Press 1 part into 8×8 pan. Spread poppy seed filling Crumble remaining dough over filling. Bake until golden brown. (350 degrees 20-30 minutes)

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