Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tuesday's With Dorie-Rugelach!

This week's recipe was chosen by Piggy of Piggy's Cooking Journal and all I can say is, Thank you, Piggy!  I hadn't heard of this called rugelach, but have had something similar before and knew just by looking at the picture in Dorie's book, Baking From My Home To Yours, that I'd like these.  And darn it all, I DO LIKE THEM!  Got rid of most of these little flaky crescent fat-laden pieces of heaven as quickly as I could!  Please go to Piggy's link above and get this recipe.  It will be a great addition to your holiday baking.

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These were actually quite easy to make, especially with only four simple ingredients in the dough; flour, butter, cream cheese (I used the less fat one) and salt.  Pulse those together in a food processor until it is crumbly and about the size of pebbles.  Don't pulse it too much.  I dumped this from the bowl to the counter and it came right together with my hands so easily.    Refrigerate the dough for a few hours, roll out, add the fillings, slice with a pizza cutter.  After rolling each one up, starting with the wide end, bake them, then wait ever so patiently for them to cool.  Then you have perfectly crispy, flaky, just sweet enough little bites of yum!  I sprinkled the tops with some turbinado sugar, which gave them a nice little crunch.

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Now for the fillings.  I used apricot jam on one half and raspberry preserves for the other.  Both were sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar after brushing on the jam with a pastry brush.  Then some toasted chopped pecans were sprinkled on.  Since Dorie's recipe also has some chocolate, I also added about one tablespoon to half of each flavored dough.  If you ask me, simplicity is best here.  My favorite were the apricot jam ones with just the cinnamon/sugar and pecans--no need for the chocolate.  I didn't think it was there enough to taste and if you put too much on, they would be too hard to roll up.  All kinds were still really good though.  The danger here is the delightful pastry crust, it almost doesn't matter what you do to it, it would still be good.  I heard Nutella spread on it is good, sprinkled with some chopped hazelnuts.  Yep, that sounds good!  These would be great to serve at a baby or bridal shower or really any shindig.  Okay, I'm going to stop talking about them now!  Now for some photo interlude-----

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Full plateful.   Whoops, one fell off.   (The apricot jam filled section.)

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Yummy, tasty little morsel.

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ummm, crunch, yum.   Hmmm, where did they all go?

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Gasp!  I didn't, I couldn't--please tell me I didn't eat them all!

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Three Cheers for Rugelach!

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(The raspberry preserves section.  Sorry, I must have forgotten the flash on these guys or something.)

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Tasty!

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Somebody stop me!

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I wish somebody would have stopped me!

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I wish there were still some more rugelach!

I wish my tummy didn't hurt so bad!

Now really, do you honestly think I could/would eat a whole stick of butter, 4 oz. of cream cheese, and all the other stuff in these!  Okay, I probably could have--but I really just tasted one of each!  And I loved them!  I'm just saying, go to Piggy's blog and get this recipe--but wait, I say that every week--so do yourself a better favor and go buy Dorie's book!

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28 comments:

Lisa said...

These look great. I like your plates!

Karen said...

Those look delicious! I love your plates and photos too!

chocolatechic said...

I couldn't stop at one either.

Yours look wonderful

Debbi T. said...

Those do look good and I love the plates where did you get them?

Anne said...

Those look great and your plates are too cute!

Katrina said...

I got the plates at Target--they've put out their new holiday dishes. They were pretty cheap, too! They had a bunch, joy, etc.

Piggy said...

I've been munching on my rugelach non-stop too! Glad that you like the recipe. :-)

Maria said...

I haven't made these yet but I am going to make them soon!! They look awesome!! I love your photos and plates!

Sarah said...

great job! these are addictive, aren't they?

Beth said...

WOW! Those look great. 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

Kate said...

Okay I'm going to have to make these. They would be a perfect addition to my Christmas Brunch. Watch your email for an evite!

Beth said...

Great! Can you email me at bethberg12@yahoo.com? I'll add you to my list on there.

confectiona said...

Love your photos!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

One day I'm gonna get you arrested for food porn! I love rugelash and I trust Dorie to have a good recipe. I really should buyher book allready, I don't understand why I don't have it yet! Just got Bakewise on the mail today! 2 more days my dear to NY! Yay!

noble pig said...

This is my hubby's favorite dessert! Yummy, I must make some.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

These look great! It really is fun to see the different variety!

Megan said...

Cute pictorial. They look so good!

CB said...

LOL @ trying to stop you. Your monologue cracked me up! The raspberry one looks delish! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Kayte said...

Very fun post with those plate photos and the disappearing rugelach...they WERE that good! Yours look great and the flavor combinations very nice. Great job!

Princess of Power said...

They look great. As a new TWDer I can't wait to make them once I get a food processor!

Pamela said...

Cute pictures! I used raspberry and apricot, too. They were really good and I was impressed by my self control around them. They've all been given away now, so I need to make some more! Gotta get ready for the Holidays!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Rugelach rock! I never thought to make them, I simple assumed they simple formed in those plastic containers in the bakery section. The raspberry one that your holding above almost looks like a pepperoni calzone =)

Darius T. Williams said...

Great pics - and I bet these were delicious!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Charlie Hills said...

I think it's time to head to Target and go plate shopping. After I get my new plates, can you fax me some of those treats?!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Love the fillings and your commentary is a hoot! The plates are just darling and your rugelach are so cute on them - ah, were so cute on them.

Randi said...

My mom made them when I was growing up. Its a Jewish cookie. Ina Garten has a great recipe for them as well.

Hallie Fae said...

Those look great. I have an old family recipe that I use. Such a good idea to separate the dough and have a few different flavors of filling. Yummy!

Jaime said...

these were so good, weren't they! yours are so pretty, i never can get that nice crescent shape like you did :P