Tuesday, November 4, 2008

TWD: Rugelach


Lox. Matzo balls. Chicken soup. Challah. Bagels. Latkes. Babka. Gefilte fish. Rugelach. What do all of these foods have in common? Well, as my Uncle Jody would put it, they're all "Jew food." Now, before anyone gets up in arms, Jody is Jewish. He likes his Jew food. In fact, he's pretty darned stereotypical for a Jew: Lives in New Jersey, works in the city (NYC), and is a second generation stockbroker. He also has a nose like a hawk and, as I mentioned before, he likes his Jew food. We'll just ignore that whole non-kosher thing - he's not Orthodox by any means.


And really, who can blame him? Well, except for things like gefilte fish. With baked goodies like rugelach lying around, why ever would you want cake? A not-too-sweet cream cheese dough wrapped around the traditional filling of apricot preserves, cinnamon, sugar, and nuts. Here's the thing though - Dorie didn't exactly go for the traditional filling. Oh no, she took all of the traditional filling components and added chocolate to them. Umm... really? Chocolate, cinnamon, sugar, apricot, and nuts?!? Yeah, we'll see how this goes...


Luckily, I had gotten over much of my skepticism a few months back, minus the basic dough that she used. I used the dough from KAF's Cookie Companion instead, but was pleasantly surprised by the end result of all of those ingredients in the filling. Because the cookie part has minimal to zero sugar depending on the recipe you bake from, the filling has to pack a serious punch. And Dorie's, with the multitude of things that she stuffs into them, definitely pack a punch. Lots of flavor, and all the flavors (surprisingly!) go together fabulously.


So this time, I decided to try different filling combinations. Some were slightly more traditional, and others more in Dorie's line. I halved the dough recipe and made 16 cookies, 4 each of 4 different fillings:

Apricot jam, dried currants, and pecans
Apricot jam, dried currants, pecans, and mini chocolate chips
Raspberry jam, dried tart cherries, and pistachios
Raspberry jam, dried tart cherries, pistachios, and mini chocolate chips

And you know what? They were all fabulous. The raspberry/cherry/pistachio ones were tarter while the apricot jam/currant/pecan variation was sweeter. The chocolate chips gave chocoholics a reason to like rugelach, while the chip-less versions were good for the traditionalists. And me? Well, I liked all of them, but you probably guessed that already.

Thanks go to Piggy of Piggy's Cooking Journal for getting us to go outside of the rugelach box!

Last Week: Halloween Cupcake Bites
Next Week: Kugelhopf

70 comments:

Rachel said...

They look great! Was your dough sticky?

Mara said...

i love all the options for these as well, looks great!! i adore rugelach!

n.o.e said...

I did four variations also, and boy I can see the possibilities expanding. Pistachios are inspired, I tell you! I want to try apricot but I had so much other jam on hand...
Great job!!
Nancy

Natashya said...

Love them! Cute little snails of goodness. Great photo.

Cristine said...

Pistachios would've been awesome! Great thinking!

And I like the jelly roll style!

Cathy said...

Great flavor combos! I agree with you -- these are so much better than cake! Yours look beautiful!

Madam Chow said...

The flavor combos sound wonderful! Rugelach has become a favorite around my house since I made it for the first time earlier this year. Hooray for Jewish food!

Di said...

I agree--rolling them that way was much easier than crescents would have been. =) I'll have to try some of your flavor variations--Jamie and Brianna both love pistachios. And I love your pictures!

Pamela said...

Cute pictures with the cookie resting on the pistachios. Great job. I want to try the KA version next.

CB said...

Ooohhh I wanna try your raspberry jam, dried tart cherries, and pistachios version now! Love the pictures of them sitting in your pistachio hands. Tres magazine-esque! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Piggy said...

I like the version with pistachios, looks very pretty with green bits in between the pastry.

Thanks for baking with me this week!

Anne said...

I love your first photo! The shape of your rugelach looks more practically and still so cute. I'll have to try pistachios next time. By the way, the toffee in mine softened with baking and just left the flavor (no crunchies).

Karen said...

Love the photos! Yours looks beautiful!!

Susie Homemaker said...

Ha! Jew Food! Yours look great, ALL the varieties!

Jamie said...

Yum I love pistachios! Your variations sound delicious!

Flourchild said...

Great fillings! I was very pleased with this recipe and I will make it again soon.

chocolatechic said...

Oh, the chocolate adds something special, doesn't it?

Of course, I think chocolate adds something special all the time. ;)

LyB said...

Hee! I think I would have liked all of them too! But the ones with the pistachios sound incredible. :)

Mary Ann said...

Wow! Talk about an assortment of fillings! I would have loved to try some of those, especially with the pistachios!

rainbowbrown said...

Yum. Your introductory line made me pine. All your fillings sounds delicious. I'm hungry now...

Alwayzbakin said...

Your rugelach look great! You're very creative!

Carla said...

I haven't had anything pistachio in so long! They look great :)

Sarah said...

lovely! great job!

Kimberly Johnson said...

oooh yum! Pistachio's are my favorite! Great photos!

ostwestwind said...

4 different fillings, what did you like most?

Great picture!


Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Beth said...

I love that you listed Jew food! Sooooo good. Great job!

Sandy Smith said...

Your rugelach are so picturesque! I love the flavor combinations you suggested too. Can't wait to try some!

Jess said...

Great combination ideas...I like the rolled look, too.

April said...

Awesome looking rugelach. I have some pistachos that would probably like to be inside more rugelach. And I can't get into gelfite fish either.

Megan said...

I don't think you made enough varieties...........

spike. said...

I love putting chocolate in rugelach (and everything else in life). Yours look great

Maria said...

I love all of your fillings!! YUM!

Karleen said...

Yes, there will definitely be another go around of these. Maybe next time with just cinnamon and sugar like little mini cina-buns. The pistacios sound delicious!

Carmen Cooks said...

Wow - 4 different varaitions! I think the raspberry jam/pistacho/dried cherries/chocolate sounds like my favorite - but perhaps I'll have to try! :)

Amy said...

Wow - they look GREAT! Nice job on all those variations....such a good little TWD baker! ;-) I bet pistachios would have been fantastic! Awesome job!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

mimi said...

jew food is so underrated, lol!! love that you did four variations, i have some pistachios to use up and may try it again soon!

Teanna said...

Four versions!?!?! That's some serious Jewish food!!! LOVE it!! They look so good... especially in a sea of pistachios!

kim said...

they look so yummy!! you got ambitious with the fillings :) love the pistachio idea. oh, and i am so doing pinwheel style next time.

Beth said...

HI again! I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know! bethberg12@yahoo.com

TeaLady said...

Pistachio - genius!!! I bet they were the best ones, huh?? Love the pics. Great story. Break out the lox and you've got a meal.

Tammy said...

wow, 4 variations! I am going to have to try the pistachio and chocolate version! There are not a huge number of Jewish people in NZ, but one of my good friends is Jewish - I wanted to give my rugelach to her, but it didnt look as good as I had hoped, so I may have to make some more for her!

Jules Someone said...

I am so there with your Uncle Jody. I love Jew food. Nice looking rugelach!

Fit Chick said...

Yum, cherries and pistachos, that gets my vote. Great filling choices! Such a diverse recipe!

Kayte said...

Despite the additions of chocolate (you knew I was going there first, right?), the other combinations were really wonderful...very clever to come up with all these on a whim, have all the ingredients on hand, and make many varieties. Love the pinwheel shape, too, very nice. Gold star.

Tammie said...

Wow, that's awesome that you made so many different versions! I can't wait to try a few more myself! :-)

Candy said...

Love the pistachios!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they sound great (esp ones with pistachio)! uncle jody would love them, i'm sure!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

The fillings must have been delicious - something for everyone. Also stopped by your KAF recipe - Neutafel cheese is definitely worth a try too.

Heather B said...

Great fillings! Love your pictures!

Kait said...

Ah, you're so ambitious! Four different types. Wow.

I was also afraid of the combination of ingredients, but like you, I loved the end result.

Carol Peterman said...

Isn't comparative baking fun? Four different rugelach fillings to compare that all look like excellent test subjects. I love pistachios in baked goods. Oh, that challah in your previous post looks killer! Now I want French toast.

Peggy said...

I could eat these all day. Just give me a plate of them and I could seriously put them away. Yours sound delicious. Love the story about your uncle.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Those flavors sound delicious! I'm going to have to do a Dorie Rewind. ;)

Em said...

I just knew someone would **have to** do a pistachio version - yay you!!!! Looks fantastic :)

crumblycookie said...

I thought about cutting them into pinwheels like that, but I didn't think I'd be able to cut them neatly, due to the chunks of chocolate.

Judy said...

Great choice of fillings! It must have been fun to experiment.

Liliana said...

Your Rugelach came out amazing. I love the way you displayed them in the photos.

Great idea to use pisatchios!

Libby said...

great idea for pistachios! I wanted to eat the rugelach and the nuts you were holding.

AmyRuth said...

Looks like you were busy with fillings. Didn't you like one more than another? Confessions? I really think these will be awesome for holiday gifts, don't you. BTW your bread was beautiful as well.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind words.
AmyRuth

Michelle said...

Yours look fantastic!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Pistachios? Brilliant. I did the pinwheel thing also, but yours are way cuter. Nicely done.

bakingwiththeboys said...

You were an absolute overachiever this week. and I love your new blog design.

confectiona said...

I love the idea of pistachios -- I'll have to try those sometime. And gefilte fish is good, but it is an acquired taste! (Or maybe you have to have been eating it since toddlerhood -- I'm not sure which!)

Passionate Baker said...

YEAHH...jew pride! =]]
your rugelach look fantasticcc.
great job!

Jin Hooi said...

Wowow.. looks soo good and yummy !! I love the combination of Raspberry jam, dried tart cherries, pistachios, and mini chocolate chips!! I must try to make the rugelach again with these beautiful ingredients !!!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Love your new look Caitlin! Super cute! I also love your take on Rugelach, I'm definitely going to try the pistachio-cherry combo, yum!

Mary said...

I love that you did four different variations....cute photo of the cookie in the hands too.

Cynikell said...

Oooo pistachios... I'll have to try those next time.

I really liked this cookie!

Lynnylu said...

Great looking rugelach and tasty filling combos.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love your new blog design! Looks fresh and fun! And your rugelach look so cozy cradled in your hands. Did you really eat them - they're too cute for that! Your pinwheels are perfect!