Sunday, March 01, 2015
Well, this recipe for Sierpinski hamentaschen is clearly a big win. This solves the ages-old "hamentaschen problem" of a hamentasch consisting of too much dough and not enough cherries --- here I am assuming sensibility and that one has chosen to make the cherry variety. (Apricot and, to a lesser extent, chocolate are acceptable, as well. If there is a cherry hamentasch available, that is the one I am going for. I think they are best with somewhat sour fruits, although I don't tend to like them with raspberries.) While you are here, you should clearly also look up the Sierpinski triangle. Tip of the cap to Karen Daniels. Update: You may also recall that our very own Mathematical Institute held a mathematical bake-off last fall. You can follow the links therein to pictures from the bake-off and to other mathematical baking awesomeness. Update (3/05/15): My first post for the Improbable Research blog is about this story. Very timely, too.