Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rugelach : Bake-Along #50

Time for our Bake-Along #50, the theme chosen is Rugelach, by my baking buddy Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids. Rugelach has been on my list of to-try for ever so long, especially so, since my sister gave me the book "Baking From My Home To Yours" by Dorie Greenspan a few years ago. There's one Rugelach recipe that looks really good from this book, and I was pretty excited when Zoe selected Rugelach as our Bake-Along theme. 

Rugelach is a Jewish pastry, traditionally made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangular shaped pastry around a filling of dried fruits, nuts and jam. The dough is made up of cream cheese, butter and flour. Rugelach can be made into different shapes other than the traditional crescent, it can be formed into pinwheels and even made into bar cookies.

I was really looking forward to making Rugelach, thought I would have fun rolling the dough into little crescents, only to found out that, it is not as easy as it seems. Little did I know that I would have problem with the dough which is very soft and so delicate that it was so difficult to handle, especially in our hot and humid weather. I ended up making this cookies twice!

The first time I made, it was a total disaster, by the time it took me numerous trips to the fridge to refrigerate the dough, remove it from the fridge and roll it to shape, refrigerate, fill with the fillings, refrigerate, slice the dough to triangles, refrigerate, roll one up to a crescent shape, refrigerate, roll another one into a crescent, refrigerate, the next one....... the whole process was really testing my patience and whatever patience I had left by the time I finished rolling the "crescents!". The crescents are so ugly that none of it resemble any crescent at all, the dough are all broken up and the filling is peeping out from everywhere!. I almost threw the the "crescents" away, was very frustrated by that time, but went ahead to bake them anyway. They tasted delicious though! My kids asked me, what are these??????  

I made them again the next day, and decided to reduce the amount of cream cheese and butter. It was a little better but the dough was still so soft. This time, I stay away from crescent and thought it easier to make them into pinwheels. It was a struggle rolling the dough as it was sticky! I did the best I could, refrigerate the log and sliced them into pinwheels. The dough was getting soft really, really fast, and by the time I sliced the third or fourth one, it was getting all soft again! 
Most of the pinwheels are out of shape, the ones you see here are the four best looking ones. 
I was tempted to do a third attempt, this time making them into bar cookies, but then I have ran out of cream cheese! Which is just as well! Maybe next time!

Look at the uneven shapes of the pinwheels. I'd never expected the dough for these cookies to be so delicate and difficult to handle. Despite all these, these Rugelach are so good to eat. These are not too sweet and the filling is just so delicious with the buttery pastry.

(adapted from " Baking From My Home To Yours", Dorie Greenspan)
For the dough
4 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into 4 pieces
1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling :
2/3 cup raspberry jam, apricot jam or marmalade (I juse lingonberry jam)
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)
1/4 cup plump, moist dried currants
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, or 2/3 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips

For the glaze :
1 large egg
1 teaspoon cold water
2 tablespoons sugar, preferably decorating (coarse) sugar

To Make The Dough :
Let the cream cheese and butter rest on the counter for 10 minutes - you want them to be slightly softened but still cool.
Put the flour and salt in a food processor, scatter over the chunks of cream cheese and butter and pulse the machine 6 to 10 times. Then process, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, just until the dough forms large curds - don't work it so long that it forms a ball on the blade.
Turn the dough out, gather it into a ball and divide it in half. Shape each half into a disk, wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 1 day. (wrapped airtight, the dough can be frozen for up to 2 months).

To Make The Filling :
Heat the jam in a saucepan over low heat, or do this in a microwave, until it liquefies. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
Line two baking sheets with parchement or silicone mats. (Silicone baking mats are great for rugelach).

To Shape The Cookies :
Pull one packet of dough from the refrigerator. If it is too firm to roll easily, either leave it on the counter for about 10 minutes or give it a few bashes with your rolling pin.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 11- to 12-inch circle. Spoon (or brush) a thin gloss of jam over the dough, and sprinkle over half of the cinnamon sugar. Scatter over half of the nuts, half of the currants and half of the chopped chocolate. Cover the filling with a piece of wax paper and gently press the filling into the dough, then remove the paper and save it for the next batch.
Using a pizza wheel or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 16 wedges, or triangles. (The easiest way to do this is to cut the dough into quarters, then to cut each quarter into 4 triangles). Starting at the base of each triangle, roll the dough up so that each cookie becomes a little crescent. Arrange the roll-ups on one baking sheet, making sure the points are tucked under the cookies, and refrigerate. Repeat with the second packet of dough, and refrigerate the cookies for at least 30 minutes before baking. (The cookies can be covered and refrigerated overnight or frozen for up to 2 months; don't defrost before baking, just add a couple of minutes to the baking pan).

Getting Ready To Bake :
Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To Glaze :
Stir the egg and water together, and brush a bit of this glaze over the rugelach. Sprinkle the cookies with the sugar.

Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point, until they are puffed and golden. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool to just warm or to room temperature.


To join our blog hop, simply bake any Rugelach recipe and link your post to our Bake-Along linky.
Please visit my baking buddies, Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids, and all our friends who has baked along with us in the linky below :

For our next Bake-Along, we will be baking based on a theme where our theme is "Chocolate Cream Pound Cake", from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman, page 81 or you may get the recipe here. Bake the cake and link your post to the our blog-hop linky which will start on  12th September right up to 21st September. Everyone is welcome! 


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  1. I am impressed! Mine ALWAYS turn out messy. These look lovely, and I know they tasted even better. Thank you for sharing my friend!

  2. Hi Joyce,

    Your rugelach baking is like my egg tart baking... At least, we are tasting some that are successful.

    Totally agree that the weather will make lots of differences! Although it is cold and wintery when I made my rugelach, I make sure that I refrigerate well my dough too.


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  4. Hi Joyce
    Rugelach is new to me and I just got to try this out someday. Love the unique and special way of baking rugelach.

  5. What a struggle, Joyce! But entirely worth it. I would love to have a taste of these rugelach. In fact this is the first time I have heard of them :)

  6. I just came over from Lena's. I see you have a different shape of rugelach. This is totally new to me and hope to get to try it one day.

  7. I have never made rugelach before - these look really good though and you did a great job!

  8. Hi Joyce, these rugelach look alright to me,most importantly they taste good:D

  9. I love rugelach but have never tried making them. Good for you...even though they gave you a problem, they look delicious.

  10. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comThursday, August 29, 2013

    Hi Joyce, haven't heard of rugelach before. But it's sure look yummy :)

  11. if you still have cream cheese at that moment, would you make them again? haha...i sure pengsan to make them 3rd time in a row! i was laughing myself here when i read your kids asking you "what are these?"..we sure had lots of that moments too! :D

  12. Rugelach looks extremely droolworthy..

  13. Hi Joyce! Is the Rugelach rolls sweet? Would love to try but worried about the sweetness... :D

    1. Hi Alvin,
      This recipe is not too sweet, there's no sugar in the dough, and only 2 tablespoons for the filling.

  14. I don't this at all but it makes me think about roll cinamon cakes that i would like to bake for so long. It looks really good, joyce. As always :)

  15. Salute Joyce! You are so patience, to take it in out from the fridge few times!

  16. Hi Joyce ... never tried making Ragelach , have tasted some at a friends home , they were delicious and I may try these Thanks for sharing :).

  17. Wow , learned a new and interesting recipe !

  18. Yes this dough is really hard to handle! I made some and it was so good... but they didn't look very attractive.

  19. NVM how they look except how good they taste! Gonna make some soon!

  20. Hi Joyce, Despite your struggles, they look good and delicious to me, although this is the first time I see this word "Rugelach"

  21. Don't judge the book by it's cover a I'm sure your rugelachs are delicious & yours even have chopped chocolate! YUMMY! I think the weather does make a difference when you make this cookies. I've chilled my dough overnight before using it .

  22. I thought you've baked another cinnamon rolls lol Cream cheese , you say ?! ;D I hate finicky dough and baking it during this infernal weather ? *sigh*