Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Rugelach

rugelach on heart shaped cookie cutter

[recipe here]

I must admit that I don't remember ever eating rugelach before. I'm sure I have eaten it at some point, but in bakeries, it usually has nuts in it and I tend to avoid those. So, I was pretty excited to make my own version of rugelach when Piggy of Piggy's Cooking Journal chose it for this week's TWD recipe.

I was sad that I didn't get a chance to finish this one early — my rugelach-loving future sister-in-law came back from Germany two weekends ago, and I would've liked to bring some to her. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to make these until just last night. (Sorry S.!)

five rugelach arranged on dish

I really like the way these turned out! The cookie had a flaky texture with a soft interior, and I loved the filling (can't go wrong with tons of chocolate). I must say, though, they were a huge pain to roll out and shape into the final spirals. My hot apartment is no place to work with this kind of dough, so it was difficult (read: lots of cursing involved) to roll out, and it kept falling apart. I think it was worth it, but I probably won't make them again until I forget about the annoyance :)

The dough itself was pretty simple — just flour, salt, butter and cream cheese. It didn't take long to get to the "curd" stage.

flour, butter and cream cheese in food processor bowl

dough looking like curds

The two halves of dough, ready to be chilled for a half hour:

disks of dough in plastic wrap


After rolling out the dough, it was time to spread the filling, which involves a bit of jam (I used apricot), cinnamon sugar and various other fillings. Instead of putting in nuts and dried fruits as is traditional, I just used dark chocolate :) I chopped up 3 oz. of chocolate per dough disk, which may have been overkill for some, but not for me ;)

rolled out dough with filling on top

Here they are, all nice(ish) and rolled up, showing no hint of the frustration they caused...

raw cookies on baking sheet

Then, covered in egg wash and turbinado sugar:

raw cookies on baking sheet with egg wash and sugar topping

And finally, post-bake:

baked cookies on baking sheet

Most of them were kind of fugly-looking, but they definitely tasted delicious! Thanks to Piggy for picking this recipe, since I never would have thought to make these myself. Check out the rest of the TWD blogs for their rugelach experiences!

And, to all Americans, don't forget to VOTE today!

rugelach on plate with napkin

61 comments:

reemski said...

Oh I love these! An Australian chef, Cath Claringbold, recently published a recipe for these and I tried them and they were gorgeous! Disappeared very quickly. But she recommended rolling into a log then slicing. Much easier than fiddling around...

Shirz903 said...

Aw man!!! I can't believe I missed those! They look so moist (which is rare in rugelach) and the chocolate looks mouth watering. I guess you will just have to make them again when I get back : )

Eric said...

Unlike S, Im not a rugelach fan (usualy too dry.) Those do look deliciously moist though.

CB said...

LOL @ fugly. Thats exactly what I told T when he asked me what I was baking. "Fugly german cookies." Mine were way fuglier though. I think the raw sugar always makes dough look so purdy likes yours. I totally forgot that step. Ooops! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

VeggieGirl said...

Looks fabulous to me!! :0)

Engineer Baker said...

Oh darn, just chocolate? :P They look wonderful.

Anne said...

Those look wonderful! I think they were extra delicious with all those chunks of chocolate but also less cooperative. I think the end result was worth it, though!

chocolatechic said...

These were just great.

I struggled in keeping my filling in though.

Carla said...

Mmm, I love your dark chocolate version! I didn't get a chance to make these, so your photography will just have to do.

My First Kitchen said...

They look delicious. Thanks for the heads up on the difficulty though; I have very little patience for rolling out dough. And I love the brown napkins. Really beautiful!

HoneyB said...

The title of your blog is certainly well deserved! This all looks so delicious and all I can say is "I WANT that Chocolate!! :)"

April said...

Yummy looking rugelach and of course stellar photos!

Sarah said...

lovely! great job!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look delicious - and your photos are beautiful.

Amy said...

Wow - these look beautiful! I really love that first picture!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

n.o.e said...

I "heart" the rugelach also! Cute photo with the cookie cutter. Your chocolate version looks positively decadent.
Nancy

Cathy said...

What, I see no fugly in your pictures. Please share your circle-rolling secrets -- the hacks want to know. I'm with you -- there is no way that sailors ever have the need to curse the way that we bakers do. Anyway, it was all worth it in the end -- yours look amazing! I hope that your future SIL gets to try one soon!

Heather said...

Those look so good! I think I definitely need to use bigger chunks of chocolate next time!

Mara said...

yours look great! i love the big chunks of chocolate. i am never able to make a CIRCLE of anything dough related, what is my problem hehehe?

vibi said...

Mmmmm... your first picture really describes how I feel about this recipe: Little rugelach... of my heart!
I'm always amazed by how you see such simple things through your lens! Bravo.

Teanna said...

Those look SO GOOD! Those chocolate chunks have got my stomach rumbling! Gorgeous!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your rugelach look awesome with the big hunks of chocolate! Your photography is stunning as well.

Mary Ann said...

They look delicious! I always love your photography.

Piggy said...

I should try your version with just chocolate as filling, looks yummy! Thanks for baking with me!

Candy said...

Yummy! What beautiful photos!

Tammy said...

yours look perfect and I agree they were delicious!

pinkstripes said...

Your rugelach look very pretty and delicious. Love the chocolate streaming out of them.

Beth said...

Yum yum! 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

Natashya said...

They do look scrumptious. And show no clue of being difficult!

Kayte said...

Just look at all that chocolate oozing out...OMW. I am sure you were in heaven with all that chocolate! Your cookies look great...a fine job!

Jess said...

Fugly they are not - they look great!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

with all those chocolate chunks, i bet they were totally delicious!

Megan said...

You're my kind of baker - lots of chocolate involved!

BAKE-EN said...

I think "fugly" is a bit harsh! They look fantastic, I especially love your first picture. These cookies were so delish, I loved them.

Heather B said...

You always have the best pictures. Love your rugelach!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Those rugelach look nice and plump. I just love your pics too - cute rugelach in a heart.

Carol Peterman said...

Working dough in a hot room can lead to tears. Great job persevering, they look so delicious!

Pamela said...

I'm sorry you had such a tough time with the dough. I'm sure it was frustrating, but they still look pretty darned good to me! I really liked these.

Di said...

Your post made me laugh. =) I managed to avoid any cursing or yelling while making these, but that's probably because I made them when both of my children were out of the house. I bake better without someone interrupting me constantly... =)

MacDuff said...

So beautiful! Love the color of your napkins, too. Your site is such food porn.

AmyRuth said...

Again, absolutely stunning photos. Do you get tired of that? Hope not. Anyway, after reading about other Rugelachs out there and comparing the amount of fillings from photos and such. I think less chunky stuff is way easier to roll up. I had no trouble at all, but I chopped my nuts fairly small and didn't use chocolate and I did use currants (the miniature raisin) he he. call me crazy, but I just wander if smaller = easier roll up. Yea definitely temp is a factor. I noticed that as well. Was thinking of using cocoa, cinnamon, sugar mixture sometime. Definitely trying chocolate though ... love it! Great job and they look so delicious.
AmyRuth

ostwestwind said...

For me it was the first time to taste a rugalach.

Your look fabulous!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Libby said...

great photo story! next time i want to go heavier on the chocolate, like you. I found the key to rugelach cuteness was chopping things small!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Reading your post I figured out why I have never had rugelach...the nuts, of course. I would never knowingly eat a dessert with nuts much less buy one! I think I could handle the 3 oz of chocolate. they look great!

kim said...

thanks so much for all of your comments!! :) yay! hehe. @amyruth & @libby, i think next time i will defintely chop the chocolate into smaller bits. @reemski, i saw a few other twd bakers use the log method too, it looks a lot easier!
and i may have to do my dough rolling on the roof of my building next time, to avoid all of this frustration ;)
@shirz & @eric, they were defintiely moist and rich, with some flakiness. A. said they were the best rugelach he'd had! so that's something :) i think the fresher the better with these.

Jared said...

Wonderful photos. What's the secret to your lighting?

Passionate Baker said...

wowww, your rugelach looks fantasticcc.
great jobb
<3

Rachel said...

Lovely photos as usual! And mmmmm extra chocolate....I think I will do that next time!

Jacque said...

LOL, fugly. You're right though, they tend to be homely, at least for us mere mortals. Good thing they taste so awesome.

Yours look yummy with all of the chocolate :)

Marthe said...

Yum!! Chocolate version sounds great!! Love the cookie cutter!

Peabody said...

I love that first photo.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I will definitely be making more of these! I was even thinking of trying a mincemeat version for Christmas, to share with my in-laws in the UK!

Miss Marie said...

Wow. Those look tastey! And I love your photos.

flora said...

Pardon if I missed it, but what temp and for how long do these bake? These look scrumptious and I'm going to give them a try.

Marthe said...

Hi Kim, I wanted to let you know I left an award for you on my blog!

LyB said...

I love the big chunks of chocolate in yours. They look delicious!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love the picture of your one rugelach inside the cookie cutter! Very creative. I also like your new front page showing your fabulous photos!

kang said...

wow.. the pictures are beautiful!
I wish I could take photos like you :D Am still such an amatuer, great foodblog, i'm an instant fan!

kim said...

thanks so much, everyone :)
@Jared, for the cooking photos i just use the light in my kitchen, which is track lighting. for the plated photos, i have a big softbox that i use, since i don't have much natural light in my apartment.
@flora, they bake at 350 for 20-25 min. see piggy's site for the full recipe.

Queen B-- said...

Everysing, it look so delicious.

awoz said...

I really love those, they are so tasty!!!

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