Rugelah - The Best Evah!
Makes 32 cookies. Published September 1, 1997.
If the dough gathers into a cohesive mass around the blade in the food processor workbowl, you have overprocessed it. Make sure to stop processing at the point where the mixture is separate and pebbly. If at any point during the cutting and rolling the sheet of dough softens and becomes impossible to roll, slide it onto a baking pan and freeze it until it is firm enough to handle. Once the roulades are baking in the oven, start checking them for doneness at eighteen or nineteen minutes, especially those on the top-level rack. Feel free to substitute an equal quantity of chopped pitted prunes, chopped dried apricots, dried currants, dried cherries, or dried cranberries for the raisins in the filling.
|Cream Cheese and Sour Cream Dough|
|2 1/4||cups unbleached all-purpose flour|
|1 1/2||tablespoons granulated sugar|
|1/4||teaspoon table salt|
|1/2||pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), chilled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces|
|8||ounces cream cheese chilled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks|
|2||tablespoons sour cream|
|1||cup granulated sugar|
|1||tablespoon ground cinnamon|
|2/3||cup apricot preserves processed briefly in food processor to break up large chunks|
|1||cup raisins , preferably golden|
|2 1/4||cups walnuts , chopped fine (about 2 cups)|
|2||large egg yolks|
1. For the dough: Pulse flour, sugar, and salt to combine in food processor fitted with steel blade. Add butter and cream cheese pieces and sour cream; pulse until dough comes together in small, uneven pebbles the size of cottage cheese curds, about sixteen 1-second pulses. Turn mixture onto work surface, press into 9-inch-by-6-inch log, divide log into four equal portions (see illustration 1), and press each into 8-by-4-inch rectangle. Place each disk between two sheets plastic wrap; roll out to 11-inch by 7-inch rectangle. Stack dough rectangles on plate; freeze 30 minutes (or up to 1 month if stored in zipper-lock freezer bag). Meanwhile, mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; set aside with other filling ingredients.
2. Working with one dough rectangle, remove from freezer and spread 2 1/2 tablespoons preserves, 1/4 cup raisins, 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar, and 1/2 cup walnuts, in that order, over dough; pat down gently with fingers (illustration 3). Following illustration 5, starting from the long side, roll the dough tightly into a cylinder, taking care not to squeeze any filling out of the sides as you roll. Cut off a 1/4-inch section from each end of the cylinder and discard it. Cut the roll into 1-inch pieces. Place them seam side down on parchment paper-lined baking pans or cookie sheets (illustration 4). Freeze at least 15 minutes. (Frozen roulades, if well-wrapped, can be frozen in a zipper-lock bag up to 6 weeks.) Repeat with remaining dough rectangles.
3. Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk egg yolks and milk in small bowl until smooth. Brush top and sides of frozen roulades with egg-milk mixture. Bake roulades, turning baking pans from front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking time, until pale gold and slightly puffy, 21 to 23 minutes. Immediately sprinkle each cookie with scant teaspoon cinnamon sugar; carefully transfer hot, fragile cookies to cooling rack using thin-bladed spatula. (Can be stored in an airtight container up to 4 days.)
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