Hamentashen Poppy seed filling


  • 1 cup poppy seeds (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Place poppy seeds in a medium bowl and pour enough boiling water over seeds to cover by 1- inch. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let soak for at least 15 minutes and as long as an hour. Line a colander with cheesecloth and drain poppy seeds.

Place soaked poppy seeds in the bowl of a food processor and add remaining ingredients. Process until mixture is finely ground. Transfer filling to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.