Homemade filling is much more flavorful and appealing than store-bought. Trust me, you'll never go back.


2 cups mixture of dried fruit - I used pitted prunes, cherries, and figs

1 cup dark raisins

¾ cup water

⅓ cup lemon juice

⅓ cup sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

small saucepan or medium-sized pot

wooden spoon

measuring cups & spoons

food processor

jar to store


COMBINE the prunes, cherries, figs, raisins, water, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat

STIR the fruit to soften the prunes, about 8-10 minutes (make sure the bottom doesn't stick, and lower the. heat if the mixture starts to boil)

REMOVE the mixture from the heat and place it in the bowl of the food processor

COOL for 5 minutes

PROCESS the mixture to thin the filling

TASTE the filling. and add extra sugar (a tbsp at a. time) at this point if required. The filling should be thick and moist

CHILL the mixture slightly before using


LEFTOVERS: Fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months

GET FUNKY WITH IT: You can use almost any combination of dried fruits. Try the prune recipe, but use 2 cups of dried fruit made up of any combination of the following ½ cup each dates, raisins, dried pears or peaches, cherries or figs.

OTHER HAMANTASHEN FILLINGS: Nutella (fan favorite), jam of choice, peanut butter, and more



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