— by Ronit Treatman
Have you ever wanted to arrest Haman and put him in jail? There is a Purim specialty from the Iberian Peninsula whose preparation acts out imprisoning Haman. This Purim treat is called a folar. According to the Rhodes Jewish Museum, folares arrived with Jewish refugees who settled in Greece and Turkey, following their expulsion from Spain in 1492. The descendants of these families have preserved some of their historic foods to the present day.
The traditional recipe calls for a yeast dough, which is constructed in the shape of a cage around a huevo haminado (slowly roasted egg). The egg represents Haman, and the cage of dough symbolizes prison.
The full recipe after the jump.
Over the years, the recipe for the dough had some Balkan influences. Some families started encasing the egg with flaky borekas dough instead of yeast dough. Either way, folares are served for breakfast during Purim. With their heavenly smell, they would not last long after being pulled out of the oven! Here is a recipe for the traditional yeast dough folar.
Adapted from Gil Mark’s Encyclopedia of Jewish Food.
For the Huevos Haminados:
(Huevos haminados are eggs that are cooked in a warm oven overnight. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to wait this long, you can just make boiled eggs. When they are ready, drain the pot and leave them in their shells. If you wish to make huevos haminados, here is the method.)
- Extra virgin olive oil
Place the eggs in a casserole. Cover them with water, and drizzle some olive oil over them. Bring the water to a boil. Cover tightly, and place in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven overnight.
For the dough:
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- 1 1/4 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Mix the warm water with the sugar and yeast. Incorporate the flour. Add all the other ingredients. Knead the dough, then cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and place somewhere warm. Allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place some parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Rip out a piece of dough and sculpt the floor of your “jail.”
- Place one egg, with the larger end down, in the center of this floor.
- Roll out strips of dough, and attach them over the egg like the bars of a cell.
- When all your folares are ready, mix some egg wash (one egg beaten with little water).
- Paint the folares with the egg wash.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve immediately!
Folares are always appreciated in a mishloach manot as well. Add some fresh fruit and candy, and your gift basket is ready to be delivered.