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.!)
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.
The two halves of dough, ready to be chilled for a half hour:
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 ;)
Here they are, all nice(ish) and rolled up, showing no hint of the frustration they caused...
Then, covered in egg wash and turbinado sugar:
And finally, post-bake:
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!