Rugelach? What is a rugelach? Oh, you mean the type of cookie I generally would pass on the cookie tray because it contains two of my least favorite things in desserts:
- Fruit filling
- Cooked fruit
But you know what? There is no skipping on a dessert because of my own food biases. (I did one of those “there is no crying in baseball” Tom Hanks voices in my head.)
The recipe I am going to be talking about is hosted at these TwD sites this week:
My baking helper this week is Livia, my five year old. (Noelle didn’t want to partake in something she won’t eat… and she was also more interested in watching the first season of Might Morphin Power Rangers she found on Netflix. Green Ranger 4 Life! Come on 80s/90s children… you know you watched some Power Rangers back in the day. Ladies, you know you had a crush on either the Red Ranger or Green/White Ranger. #AmIRight)
I will make this rugelach even if it looks like a disaster this evening as they’re chilling. Well, only two of them do. The first two I did with the recipe from “Baking with Julia” I misread one of the directions and completely overfilled them. I quickly figured out the mistake but there was no going back. I’m pretty sure I lost half the filling on my counter. I found it pretty comical that my counters almost looks like a bakery horror story. (I’m sure they’re not that bad, but I tend to paint myself a colorful story in my head while I’m working on things.)
One of our fellow TwD bakers from “Baking is my Zen” posted a rugelach tutorial that she had done last year. I followed the recipe in the book I had and also used hers picture guide for reference from time to time. I also love having Laurie at the tips of my digital finger tips (text) when I’m having a baking-911 moment. (Okay more like a baking-455.5 since my questions are rather tame and don’t involve burning down my house or destroying a recipe totally.)
Livia (my 5-year old) helped me out with this recipe. She was super excited about it because she’s really loving the idea of creating things with mommy. At one point we had painted on each other’s faces with flour like war paint with her telling me, “Mommy, remember baking isn’t fun unless you’re making a mess.”
Lesson 1: Remind the children that you have to remember you have to clean the fun mess when you’re done. Haha.
Liv is starting to understand more what measurements mean, how we read them, and how to find her ingredients list when we are looking for something. Sadly, I have to admit, these are things I wouldn’t have thought to teach her had I not joined TwD. Eventually I would have, but joining this baking club has made this all routine and given us projects to look forward to. Anywho.
Making the dough into rectangles for chilling was pretty easy for us. Liv made one and I made one. Since there was practice with our last recipe (the tartlets), Liv basically knew what to do as well.
We’ll see how this one turns out tomorrow with Livia and I bake it. I’d like them to work enough so I have some homemade cookies to donate to the Friday Fish Fry. And if they don’t, that’s okay. Liv and I had a blast working on them. End of Day 1.
Ingredients used: The book let’s you have a pick of ingredients so we chose prune lekvar, mixed dried berries (Sunkist), and the nuts were 3 cups of whatever oven bags I had left in the cabinet (walnuts, pecans and almonds). I also added vanilla to the dough as mentioned in the tutorial I linked to above. It sounded interesting.
All Liv talked about Monday was wanting to bake the rugelach. She didn’t want to go to school so she could bake. (We baked them after dinner.) The rolls chilled up nicely, we got our cinnamon/sugar mixture ready, I sliced up the rolls for her… and then Livia took over. Once I put the egg wash on (she had a bit of trouble brushing it), Liv took over. She would NOT let me put the final coating on them. Once I showed her how to place them on the baking sheets, I was done. I tried to help and she let me know she was the boss. Haha! Go on girl! I am not going to stop you!
Mom did the baking, of course. I left the light on the oven so she could watch them.
The first two (over stuffed) rolls really did look like it took the baking massacre into the oven. Beginners: You can quickly see what happens when you overfill the rolls. That is a mistake that won’t be made twice. You can see my rugelach war zone over there on the right. It made me laugh.
The other two that were rolled properly turned out quite nice. So it was a learning lesson.
These will get made again.
- I did manage to salvage half of the overfilled ones and took them to work. The guys at the office thought they were the best things EVER. They are still asking for more.
- Noelle liked the crust so I might use that recipe for something.
- I liked these without the chopped berries. (It’s the cooked fruit thing with me.)
- Livia thought they were amazing and took her share to snack and lunch with her.
- We mailed some to Dan so I know I can successfully mail pastries and that they lasted a few days in an air-tight container.
- The rest went to the fish fry and they were a success.
Can’t wait for our next baking adventure! Irish Soda Bread.