Tuesday, November 4, 2008

TWD: Rugelach



I have a confession to make. I made this recipe several weeks ago, when I had a surplus of cream cheese on hand and a desire to make something other than cream-cheese-and-jelly sandwiches with it. As with every other recipe from this book I've tried so far, this one is a winner. The dough requires a little bit of finessing, but once you get the hang of it, it's not difficult.



The thing I like most about making my own rugelach is being able to experiment with the filling ingredients. Next time, I'm going to try raspberry with white chocolate and pecan, as I felt the dark chocolate, while good, overwhelmed the more delicate flavors of the pastry itself and the nuts, which aren't used in abundance. I'm also thinking of an almond paste and apricot version with bittersweet chocolate.


These look impressive, and I think they would make a terrific gift or an elegant addition to a Viennese or tea table.


Recipe Notes:



  • The dough is quite soft and sticky. Be sure to flour your surfaces and use waxed paper when rolling out the dough.

  • The dough triangles will be easier to handle if you don't roll them too thin, but the thinner the pastry layer, the more pleasing the texture of the rugelach will be once it is baked. Experiment with rolling your dough as thin as possible; practice makes perfect!

  • Per Dorie's suggestion, a pizza wheel works beautifully for cutting the dough ~ be sure to use a plastic wheel if you are cutting on a silicone mat.

  • Chop your nuts and chocolate into small bits to make rolling the crescents easier.

  • I used seedless raspberry jam, chopped Ghirardelli baking chocolate (60 percent), omitted the called-for currants, and chose walnuts over almonds. Feel free, though, to eliminate the chocolate if you wish, or to vary the flavor of jam and type of nuts. Experimenting with these ingredients is half the fun!


Thanks to Piggy of Piggy's Cooking Journal for choosing this one! If you'd like to make your own rugelach, the recipe appears on pages 150-152 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. Don't forget to stop by the blogroll and see what the other bakers have come up with!


11 comments:

  1. Oh that combination just sounds amazing to me!

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  2. Love that golden sugary perfection! Your proposed variations sound really good. I'll be leaving the chocolate out of future batches, I think, but have lots of fruit/nut/jam combinations to try. Thanks for the info, as usual.
    Nancy

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  3. Your rugelach look delicious. I thought there was a bit too much chocolate in these. They were still yummy though.

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  4. I enjoyed experimenting with fillings on these too

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  5. Yours look amazing! Great job :-) I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know! bethberg12@yahoo.com

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  6. Yours look better then mine! I need more pratice!

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  7. Oh, I love the idea of almond paste. Yet another variation to add to my long list for next time. Thanks!

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  8. There are some many delicious rugelach combos to try, I could make the weekly! Great job!

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  9. Lovely rugelach, and great tips!

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  10. Oh I feel silly! I had no idea you were a TWDer! I was going through my reader and saw your cinnamon rolls (as I had already saw them on JB), then saw your TWD post! vYour Rugelach looks great! :)

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