TWD #37: Rug-a-whaaaat?
Is there anyone else out there that had no idea how to pronounce “rugelach” other than me? I took my best stab at it by saying roog-E-lak but apparently I was WAY off base. HAHA
According to dictionary (click the pronunciation icon), its actually pronounced rug-a-lah. No kidding?!?
I guess my lack of pronunciation skills should tell you that I’ve never had rugelach much less baked it before. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from cream cheese dough, currants, jam, pecan, cinnamon and sugar. It sounded like it could be good but I was kinda iffy. I knew I wasn’t gonna sit this week out though b/c so many fellow TWDers raved about rugelach but since I am not much of a currant or raisin fan I started brainstorming about nutella, strawberry preserves, toffee and chocolate chips instead. Mmmm… nutella…
What I learned this week:
Sometimes too much of a good thing can backfire and make a mess. Scrubbing burned strawberry preserves off silicone mat isn’t fun either. Just take my word for it.
(Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)
Dorie says to pulse until you get curds but not until a ball forms. Usually I think her instructions are great but this time I wasn’t sure when to stop and I may have stopped too soon b/c my dough was kinda crumbly.
I think rolling out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper made it easier for me. I also used a pizza cutter to cut the dough before adding the filling b/c I was afraid it would be hard to cut into the pecans or toffee bits.
I made 2 different variations. One batch I made strawberry preserves, nutella, cinnamon+sugar and pecans (L) and the 2nd batch I did nutella, cinnamon+sugar and toffee (R).
The nutella+toffee turned out pretty good (L) but the strawberry nutella one… well… didn’t (R). I probably filled it too much. Mine aren’t as pretty as Dorie’s picture b/c I also forgot the egg+water glaze and sugar part too. Ooops!
Husband rating: B+
He liked the cream cheese dough but not a fan of the fillings. Maybe he would have liked Dorie’s original recipe?
Wifey rating: B+/A-
I had high hopes but I think I was too ambitious with my ingredients and it didn’t turn out quite well (ie more filling ended up on the baking sheet than in the cookie). I think the nutella and toffee were good though. I blame the baker not the recipe so maybe I’ll have to try this one again. Practice makes perfect right?
Next week: Kugelhopf pages 61-63