(Mar. 16, 1995 - By popular request, Robin Leidner has kindly supplied the following recipe)
Sift the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Work the shortening in by hand. Add the egg and orange juice, mixing until a dough is formed. Chill overnight if possible, or at least two hours.
Roll out the dough about 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured board. Cut into 3-inch circles (a teacup works). Place one heaping teaspoonful of the Lekvar on each.
Pinch three edges of the dough together (use a knife or spatula to lift the edges), but leave a small opening in the center; the resulting pastry will be in the shape of a triangle with a little of the filling showing.
Place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a cloth and set aside for 1/2 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake hamentashen for about 20 minutes, or until delicately browned on top.
Makes about 24 hamentashen.
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