Monday, March 5, 2012

Tuesdays With Dorie : Rugelach

The first recipe of March for Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) is Rugelach.. According to Wikipedia, it is a Jewish pastry of Ashkenazic origin.. Baking with Julia (BWJ) version of it is made with cream cheese dough and filled with very thick dried fruit butter (called lekvar), nuts, dried fruits and cinnamon sugar.. The end-product is big, sweet, flaky, nutty and delicious rugelach..


Surprisingly (although my husband is Jewish), I had not tasted rugelach before.. The first thing I did before tackling baking them was to buy some from a bagel store, in order to have an idea about what to expect.. The ones I bought from the store were tiny, soft and tasty.. After tasting variety of fillings, I decided to make mine with apricot lekvar (BWJ gives you prune or apricot lekvar options), almonds, walnuts and raisins.. and of course cinnamon sugar, which is a must..

Overall, I found the process of baking the rugelach easy.. But it requires patience with all the wait times to chill the dough.. I divided the tasks to be completed into 2 days: On Thursday I prepared the apricot lekvar, prepared the dough, rolled and filled the rugelach, and left the rolls in the fridge overnight.. On Friday, I sliced them, coated with cinnamon sugar-nuts mixture and baked.. Here are my comments on the steps:

Instagram by Ferda :
Preparing the apricot lekvar
     - Apricot lekvar: is very easy to make and delicious.. Paste of dried apricots, brown sugar, lemon juice and almonds.. BWJ says it goes well with brioche, croissants and toasted whole wheat bread.. I think they would also be a very good condiment on a cheese board.. I will try when I have company next time..

     - Cream cheese dough: comes together very easily, and also easy to roll.. It is soft but not sticky.. And delicious and flaky once cooked..
    
     - Fillings: listed in the recipe are too much for the amount of dough.. If I spread total amount on the rolled dough, it would be impossible to roll-up.. I ended up using only half of the lekvar, cinnamon sugar, and raisins..

     - Rolling-up: was not very easy even though I did not use total amount of fillings.. It might have helped if I put the dough back in the fridge for a bit and cool down in between rolls, since it gets more difficult to deal with when it stays out of the fridge for a while..

Instagram by Ferda :
Slicing the rugelach
     - Slicing: was piece of cake because I left the rolls in the fridge overnight, and they were solid when slicing..

     - Baking: was tricky.. There was definitely a learning curve for me there.. I baked the first batch for 25 minutes as recommended, but did not double the baking trays since I only have one.. And that batch of rugelach got overcooked - dark and dry.. I thought if this was it, this recipe definetely did not worth the effort.. Then, I baked the second batch for only 20 minutes, and they were golden and delicious.. Everything promised in the book.. And yes, they definitely worth the effort :)

Conclusion: I was pleasently surprised with the end result.. My rugelach were delicious.. I will definetely bake this recipe in the future, and play around with the fillings.. I still have to try the prune lekvar, which - I heard from My little yellow cookbook - is delicious.. And also, my husband liked them a lot too with the disclaimer that they were not the traditional rugelach.. They are better :)


You can find the actual recipe at page 325 of Baking with Julia, or from this week's hosts' blogs: The Urban Hiker and My Baking Heart.. 

Coming in two weeks : Irish Soda Bread :)

32 comments:

  1. Eline saglik!! Senden tam bir dakika sonra ben yazmisim TWD bloguna :) nasi tesaduf :) Ilk resimdeki canak comlegin renklerini cok begendim. Nasil canli canli. onlar icin de eline(nize) saglik .

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    1. Cok komik :) Ben de tam post ettim, emailime bir baktim seninki gelmis :)

      Tesekkurler canim! Rugelachlarin icinde oldugu kase benim eserim.. Arkadakilerin seramikler Mike'tan, boyamalari benden :)

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    2. :)) peşpeşe geldi bana da...Kaseler cok guzel hakikaten. Boyle kullanmak ne iyi fikir.

      Eline sağlık Ferdacım. Guzel olmus gayet. Ben denemeye cesaret edemem ama...Bu arada en alttaki resim de cok guzel;)

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  2. You've made them so well.. its all sliced so neatly...beautiful photos.. but it was a lot of work wasn't it?!?!

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    1. Thanks :) It was definitely a lot of work, and messy as well..

      Your croissant-shaped rugelach look great too, I just checked your blog.. I may try that style next time with different filling..

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  3. They look wonderful! I too made the apricot and it tasted wonderful!

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    1. Thanks :) Yours look great too.. Another good recipe from Baking with Julia.. Looking forward to the next..

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  4. Looks lovey ... Perfect size n shape .... U did a good job .... I just loved these cookies ... I m also going to try them again with another filling .... It is so worth the effort ....!!!! Will be waiting for your next post !!!! Happy baking !!!!

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    1. Thanks Saira.. Loved these cookies too..

      Looking forward to chatting more on our blogs :) Happy baking to you too :)

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  5. I was thinking that the prune one would also go well with cheese. You have me thinking I might have to try the apricot one as well.

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    1. I am curious to try the prune lekvar..

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  6. Your rugelach look great! I looked them up on wikipedia too.

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    1. Thanks Wendy :) I thought it would be a good point to start writing about rugelach :)

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  7. They look absolutely perfect.
    The portions on the fillings were definitely off - I still have a couple jars of lefover lekvar in the refrigerator (at least its really good on toast)

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  8. Your rugelach looks amazing, great job :)

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    1. Thanks Jen :) This cream cheese dough is so good, I have to try your nutella version..

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  9. I used prune and apricot lekvar and think that I liked the prune a little bit more. I want to try again with chocolate sometime. Your rugelach look quite nice.

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    1. Thanks Guyla :) And thanks for letting me now which one you liked better.. Prune lekvar is in my to do list :)

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  10. Oh they look so great! I am glad I am not the only one who had never made rugelach before this (or even tasted it). Great post

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  11. I was a newcomer to rugelach as well. You honor them.

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  12. I like your idea of serving the leftover apricot lekvar with a cheese board. Your rugelach look tasty.

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    1. Thanks :) Yours look great too, just checked your blog..

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  13. How cool is it to hear that your rugelach is better than the traditional - mashallah!

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    1. :) it is nice to hear, he is nice :)

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  14. Great job, Ferda. I enjoyed reading your post!

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    1. Thanks Lauren :) I am happy to hear that ..

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