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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hazelnut rugelach

We did not bake much this holiday season, just a couple of my favorite treats. One of them is hazelnut rugelach. This recipe seems to be complicated but it's really not and it's also a very delicious. 

I got this from Good Housekeeping magazine several years ago and I have baked rugelach every winter ever since.
I used some dried plums and cherries for my recipe and switch hazelnuts for pecans and it tasted as good as the original one.
For the complete recipe go to Good Housekeeping or follow the instructions below:

Rugelach Dough
2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 package(s) (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

Fruit and Nut Filling
1 cup(s) hazelnuts, (filberts), toasted, skinned, and chopped
1/2 cup(s) dried pitted plums, (prunes), chopped
1/2 cup(s) dried tart cherries or cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup(s) (packed) light brown sugar

Spice Sugar
3/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cloves
9 tablespoon(s) apricot jam

Prepare Rugelach Dough: On waxed paper, combine flour and salt. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and cram cheese until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces; flatten each into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic warp and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight, until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer for 1 hour if using butter, 1 1/2 hours if using margarine.)

Meanwhile, prepare Fruit and Nut Filling: In medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients.

Prepare Spice Sugar: In small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line large cookie sheet with foil; grease foil.
Sprinkle work surface with 2 tablespoons spice sugar. Place 1 piece dough on top of sugar; turn over to coat both sides. Roll dough into 12-inch round, turning round over a few times and sprinkling work surface with 2 more tablespoons spice sugar to coat both sides.

Spread top of round with 3 tablespoons jam, then sprinkle with about 3/4 cup filling, leaving 1/2-inch border around edge. With knife, cut dough into 24 equal wedges. Starting at curved edge, roll up each wedge, jelly-roll fashion. Place rugelach, 1 inch apart, on cookie sheet, point side down.

Bake rugelach 20 to 25 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Immediately remove rugelach to wire rack to cool.

Repeat with remaining dough, spice sugar, jam, and filling.



Svetlana Dolgova said...

Looks very tasty :)
Thanks for the recipe.

Albina said...

Just love them. Tanya, when next time you make them, invite me for a cup of tea ...with these things :)