Thanks to Piggy of Piggy’s Cooking Journal,for picking Rugelach from pages 150 and 151 of Baking From My Home To Yours By Dorie Greenspan. Check out her site for the recipe.
I am very fortunate that I do not have too many baking disasters. Much like a person who has taken a defensive driving class and practised around the track a few times, I can usually see when things are about to take a bad turn and take evasive action.
I had my suspicions that this Rugelach recipe may be a bit challenging. It is 93F degrees here every day and at it’s coolest at night it is still 74F. I had such success in making pie crusts when I was in Europe this summer. I forgot that the reason I don’t make pie often is pastry is a bugger in the tropics!
The rugelach base is essentially a butter and cream cheese rich pastry. It had 2 states in my kitchen. Completely solid (bash with a rolling pin and crack) or far too soft to work with. I tried it fresh from the fridge, morning and night. Poor air con was trying to take some of the heat out but not enough to facilitate working with butter rich pastry. I also put an ice filled baking tray on the granite bench to not much result. I may try again but only roll out to 10 inches.
I reminded myself that Dories recipe probably worked a treat for people who didn’t live in a sauna.
That aside, I did kind of make some rough crescent shapes. The pastry cracked and just didn’t play the game. I also tried a rugelach pizza with some of the pieces that just clearly were not going to roll up. That was a bit less trying and just as tasty.
I used a mix of milk, dark and white chocolate (mostly dark) that were left over in the fridge. I was surprised to find a bit of Easter chocolate lurking towards the back. I don’t tend to eat much chocolate by itself but bake with it a lot. I am glad I tried the chocolate version but much like Mrs. Strauss, back to jam and dried fruit for me.
Now I will try these again in the dry season, when I don’t have to fight against the environment so much. Now do check out the TWD blogroll and see what twists and turns the other Dorie Bakers have had!