1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Honey 1/4 lb. butter or margarine
1/4 cup oil
1/2 lb. filo dough (Keep waiting filo covered as not to dry out)
1/2-1 cup ground walnuts
filling of choice (poppy seed, prune, apricot, cherry, etc.)
FI love canned almond filling combined with semi-sweet chocolate chips or peanut butter with chocolate chips. Poppy seeds and other more traditional fillings may, of course, also be used.
Combine the sugar, water and lemon juice together in a small sauce pan and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook briskly for 5 minutes. Stir in the honey and set the mixture aside.
In another small sauce pan combine the butter and heat, just to melt. Cut the filo sheets into 6 strips. (Parallel to short side of dough). Place damp towel on your work surface and then place waxed paper over the damp towel. Place 3 to 4 strips of filo on wax paper. Brush the surface with butter/oil. Sprinkle lightly with ground nuts. Place a teaspoon of filling about an inch from the edge. Fold like a flag. Repeat. Place on foil lined and greased cookie sheets. Brush with butter/oil. (May be covered with foil and frozen at this point.) Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes-until golden brown. Spoon syrup over Hamentaschen and let cool on rack.