Last year I baked Rugelach for the holiday reception for my co-workers and when my friend Lynne passed down the goodie table, she exclaimed, "Rugelach! Who made the Rugelach? It's wonderful!!" So I decided to bake the Rugelach again for these same coworkers. The problem in the past is that Dorie says to heat up 2/3 cup preserves to smear on the dough. The past two times I've baked these, I've dutifully tried to use up all the preserves, only to find that a lot of it oozed out while baking and made things stickier and ickier than I'd like. So this time I used about half and the results were much better. I also decided to cut down a little bit on the chocolate, for the same reason. I'm very pleased with how this year's Rugelach turned out.
|Traces left from rolling up some of the Rugelach!|
|Rugelach for the party.|
I'm about 20 recipes behind in baking through the whole of Dorie Greenspan's great book, Baking from My Home to Yours. The rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers officially finish next week, but I'll be playing catch up just a little longer! This week I baked Dorie's Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake which is to be made in a 10 1/2 inch tart pan. I had a 9 inch tart pan which I must confess I failed to measure before I started. So the batter was really near the tippy top of the pan and baked over a little during the baking. I had to bake it longer than the recipe says--not a surprise. I feared that I wouldn't be able to slide the cake out because the top edge of the cake was pretty firmly stuck to the fluted tart pan ring. But I gave it a little nudge all around with the side of a knife and it came out very easily. This goes off to work with my husband who promises to take a taste and report back.
|A bit of a spillover because my pan was too small!|
|The final product looked lovely!|