Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TWD: Baking with Julia - Rugelach

Did you just ask yourself what a rugelach is? Well hold on and I will tell you.... it is a Jewish pastry. This is the first time I ever tried a rugelach and the first time I ever made some. After trying them, I decided they were pretty good! They were so tasty that Mikey has asked for them to be made again.

They are a cream cheese based pastry crusted filled with Lekvar, dried fruits and nuts. Did you just ask yourself what Lekvar is? Well it is a really thick jelly or jam. The recipe called for Apricot or Prune Lekvar, but I ended up just buying some apricot jam at the grocery store. I was going to make some apricot Lekvar, but it turned out that the dried apricots in the pantry were a bit past old, so I ended up tossing them and heading to the store. Here is the assembly...

First I made the crust, then rolled it out and then layered it with the jam, dried fruit, and nuts. I used dried cherries and raisins for the dried fruit and I used macadamia nuts, walnuts, and almonds for the nuts. Then I rolled them up, and after rolling them up I decided I put too much filling in them, but figured I would give it a try. I refrigerated them for a while and then sliced them up and hoped for the best while they cooked!

I might have cooked them a little bit too long and after I took them out of the oven I was sure I had put too much filling in them, it kind of went everywhere, whoops! But the finished product wasn't bad and they tasted great! I have definitely taken notes for the next time I make them!

I only made half the recipe and decided that I shouldn't leave them in our house or we would eat all of them. I took a bag full of them to work and had my co-workers help us out. I think they enjoyed them because they were gone pretty quick. You can check out some pretty versions on the hosts sites - My Baking Heart and The Urban Hiker.

We have some other stories coming up... not just my baking adventure!


  1. I think most of us had trouble figuring out just how much filling to use. Your rugelach look great.

  2. The filling was plentiful! Glad they were enjoyed.

  3. We only made half too - and I agree that there seemed to be an over abundance of filling. But they sure were tasty :-)