Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: RugelachMarch 6, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 42 Comments
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This week, Tuesdays with Dorie is celebrating Purim with Lauren Groveman’s Rugelach! (I know it should be hamentaschen, but that one’s not in the book.) Anyway, we made rugelach in the last round of the group, but that was years ago now, so I was more than ready to make them again this past weekend. This version’s quite different, as it turns out. Most noticeably, these rugalach are round spirals, not cresent-shaped. They’re formed from slice-and-bake-style rolled logs. And they are stuffed–almost bursting– with good things. Things like cinnamon sugar, nuts, dried fruits and apricot or prune lekvar (a thick jam/fruit butter). I went with walnuts, golden raisins and prune butter.
What with making the cream cheese dough and prepping the list of fillings, this recipe has a lot of steps, but you can make it a little easier on yourself if you want. I made my dough the night before, and toasted my walnuts then, too, since I already had the oven on for dinner. The one big shortcut I took was that I used a plum butter that I had bought at the Grenemarket in place of making my own lekvar. I’d had that little jar of plum butter open in the refrigerator for months, so I was glad for the excuse to finish it off. It was the consistency of a thick prune paste, anyway, so I thought it would work perfectly, and in fact any thick store-bought jam would likely do just fine. Also, I admit I didn’t measure anything related to the fillings. I used good judgement and eyeballed it all. I also eyeballed the amount of filling I put into each dough roll-up. I know when enough’s enough and I didn’t want my spirals to unravel or explode.
These taste great. The flavors are big and warm, so I’m glad we made them while it’s still chilly where I live. They’re thick cut, so they’re nice and sturdy. And I am in love with the prune swirls…it looks like a letter “C” in each cookie. So cute that even though the cookies are supposed to be completely coated in cinnamon-nut sugar, I didn’t want to hide the tops. Instead kept the sugar concentrated on the outside of the cookies and just sprinkled a bit on top.
Here are my rugelach pointers: With all the cream cheese in the dough, it gets soft fast, so I didn’t hesitate to left it have a rest in the fridge at different stages of rolling and filling. The dough rolls up best if the chunky things like nuts and dried fruit are chopped pretty fine. When these guys bake, there’s a lot of jam and sugar that gets caramelized on their bottoms, and it’s best to get them off the baking sheet and onto a cooling rack as soon as you can so they don’t get stuck. They’re sturdy enough to handle almost right out of the oven.
For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Margaret’s The Urban Hiker and Jessica’s My Baking Heart, as they are co-hosting this week. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.
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