TWD – Tuesdays with Dorie
This was my first time making the delicious Rugelach. As I was gathering all the ingredients for the Rugelach I realized this would be an excellent holiday cookie. With all the dried fruits, nuts, and cinnamon it was also smelling like the winter holiday season. Later, when I researched the pronunciation and history I learned Rugelach a Jewish pastry of Eastern European origin.
Overall the recipe/s were easy to follow and not difficult, it was just time consuming. Partly because I made both the prune and the apricot levkar. I never heard of levkar before, but learned it’s a sweet jam spread made from dried fruit. The name levkar is Hungarian. I made some Rugelach with the apricot levkar and some with the prune levkar.
On day one I made the dough and both levkars, plus mixed the cinnamon sugar. In the morning on day two I toasted and chopped the nuts and chopped the dried fruit. Then I rolled, filled and chilled the dough. In the evening I pulsed the nut cinnamon sugar topping, and egg washed, cut and rolled the pastry in the topping and baked.
I keep a lot of dried fruits and nuts on hand, so I had a good variety to choose from. I did purchase a few extra types just to use in this recipe. I decided to use a combination of dried cherries, apricots, and dates. I added the cherries in a for a bit of tartness, apricots for color, and dates for super sweetness. I used more cherries and apricots than dates.
For the nuts I went with pecans, walnuts, and almonds. Here I went a little extra on the pecans, since almonds are in the apricot levkar and walnuts are in the prune levkar.
These are definitely generously stuffed Rugelach. I definitely couldn’t get all the nuts and fruit tucked into the rolled dough. I was also a bit skeptical about everything staying rolled together, both when cutting and baking, but surprisingly it worked. Definitely chilling the dough for the directed time helps the rolls stay together.
I do hope to make these again at the holidays. Maybe I’ll enlist some help too. I definitely plan on spreading the process out across 3 or 4 days.