Orecchi di Aman For the Italian Jews orecchi di Aman are as synonymous with the festival of Purim as the Hamantaschen are for the Ashkenazim.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks with the sugar, lemon rind, olive oil, vanilla extract and rum. Gradually add enough flour to make a rather soft dough. Turn out onto a floured working surface and knead for 2 or 3 minutes. Roll very thin. With a pastry cutter or sharp knife, cut into strips 1 inch x 4 to 7 inches. Slowly heat the oil in a small saucepan. (Oil is at the right temperature when a small piece of dough drops into it floats and begins to sizzle.) Fry a few strips at a time, twirling them to give them odd shapes until they are lightly golden. (Tie the longer pieces into a knot before frying them.) Drain and place on a paper towel. When all the ears are done, transfer to a large serving dish, sprinkling each layer with confectioner's sugar (through a sieve). YIELDS: 2 to 3 dozen
Your Haman's Ears is ready. Good luck!
Related recipes: Desserts, Jewish, Italian, Holiday, Mine
Season specials: Easter Recipes, Passover Recipes, Christmas Recipes, Season Recipes, Xmas Recipes