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Hazelnut Rugelach


When I first made this recipe, I thought that it is the same as something that mom used to make at home. Well,  it is almost, but with a twist. Imho, I like this much better. It is slightly different but I do enjoy eating it more than anything. In my journey to try the international cuisine, I found this book “The Jewish Kitchen. Recipes and Stories from Around the World” by Clarissa Hyman, 2003 and this delicious recipe: Hazelnut Rugelach.  The result was mouth-melting. If you like cooking, try this at home, if you don’t, find someone who does and eat together. πŸ˜‰

Hazelnut Rugelach   

Makes 32 small or 16 large

Ingredients:

  • 200 g (7 oz) butter, softened
  • 200 g  (7 oz) soft cream cheese (I prefer Philadelphia but may be you prefer something else)
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 250 g (9 oz) plain flour, sifted with a pinch of salt
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) finely chopped hazelnuts (or walnuts)
  • 50 g (2 oz) soft brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 25 g (1 oz) butter, melted
  • 1 egg white beaten with a little water ( you can use a whole egg, I’m sure I wouldn’t mind)
  • granulated sugar  (optional)

Method:

  • Cream the butter and cheese until well blended. Stir in the caster sugar, then the flour and mix until the dough begins to hold together. Gather into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/ 180Β°C, 350Β°F.
  • Combine the nuts, brown sugar, cocoa and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Cut the dough ball in half and return  one half to the fridge while you work with the other. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry into a thin circle about 25 cm / 10 inches in diameter. If it is too sticky, flour the pastry too. The pastry may feel hard at first but it quickly softens. Use a cake tin or a plate to help cut out a neat circle. Cut the dough circle into a 16 or 8 equal pie-shaped wedges.
  • Brush the surface pf the wedges with melted butter, then sprinkle evenly with half the nut mixture. Cover with a piece of clingfilm and use a rolling-pin to press the filling lightly down into the dough. Remove the clingfilm and roll up each wedge from the outside, wide end towards the point, so you end up with mini croissants. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and brush with beaten egg white. Sprinkle with a little sugar, if wished. Repeat with the remaining dough and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool slightly the transfer to a  wire rack.

Bon appetite!

Cornulete, cu dragoste


πŸ™‚ Orice mancare se face si se ofera cu dragoste si dulciurile in mod special. Si dintre dulciuri, cornuletele in mod special. Floarea mea le iubeste, asa ca au o conotatie deosebita. Daca ar putea fi aici sa le mancam impreuna ar fi prea bine. Am ales aceasta reteta de cornulete pentru ca imi plac si mie foarte mult. Le-am facut o singura data dar stiu ca am mancat cu pofta. Sunt cornulete evreiesti, foarte populare mai ales in bucataria evreiasca americana. Rugelach cu alune de padure sau nuci.

Iar mi se face pofta pentru ca mi le imaginez si stiu cum erau cand le gustam, se topeau in gura. Chiar as manca si acum dar trebuie sa le fac intai. Reteta spune ca aceste cornulete se mananca tot timpul anului, de Shavuot si de Hanukkah. Am cules aceasta reteta din Clarissa Hyman “The Jewish Kitchen. Recipes and stories from around the world” 2003.

Cornulete cu alune de padure

Ies 32 mici sau 16 mari

Ingrediente:

  • 200 g unt, la temperatura camerei
  • 200 g crema de branza moale (eu aleg Philadelphia dar nu e obligatoriu)
  • 2 lingurite zahar pudra
  • 250 g faina, cernuta si cu putina sare
  • 100 g alune de padure tocate marunt (sau nuci tocate marunt – din experienta am observat ca nucile sau alunele sunt mai gustoase usor prajite, dar lasa-le sa se raceasca inainte de a le toca, e mai bine)
  • 50 g zahar brun (unde nu e, nici Dumnezeu nu cere, asa ca nu te speria, mergi pe cel alb)
  • 4 linguri cacao
  • 2 lingurite scortisoara
  • 25 g unt, topit
  • 1 albus ou batut cu putin apa ( sau daca vrei, bate un ou intreg, nu cred ca se supara nimeni)
  • zahar granulat (optional)

Preparare:

  • Bate untul cu crema de branza pana se omogenizeaza bine. Adauga zaharul pudra, apoi faina, si amesteca pana se combina toate ingredientele si aluatul incepe sa se adune. Rotunjeste-l, acopera-l cu folie de plastic si lasa-l peste noapte la frigider.
  • A doua zi, incalzeste cuptorul la 180Β°C, 350Β°F, nr.  4 la cuptorul cu gaz.
  • Amesteca alunele, zaharul brun, cacao si scortisoara intr-un bol.
  • Taie aluatul in doua parti egale, pune o jumatate in frigider pana termini de lucrat cu celalalta. Pune putina faina pe suprafata de lucru , intinde aluatul intr-un cerc de cca 25 cm in diametru. Daca evprea lipicios, pune faina si peste aluat. Aluatul poate fi dur la inceput dar se inmoaie rapid. Cu o farfurie mai mare sau cu o alta forma rotunda, taie marginile aluatului astfel incat sa iasa un cerc. Apoi taie cercul, in cca 16 sau 18 felii egale.
  • Unge suprafata aluatului cu unt topit, apoi pune jumatate din amestecul cu nuca. Intinde o folie de plastic peste aluat si apasa usor, fie cu mana dar mai bine cu facaletul ca sa se imprime bine amestecul.
  • Indeparteaza folia si ruleaza fiecare felie incepand de la partea lata spre varf. Ar trebui sa iti iasa ca niste mini croissant. Pune-le pe o tava unsa cu ulei sau pe o foaie de copt  in tava (nu te mai chinui cand speli tava) si unge-le cu albusul de ou batut. Adauga si zahar daca doresti.  Repeta toata operatia cu aluatul din frigider si coace-le cca 20-30 minute pana se fac aurii.  Scoate-le din cuptor, lasa-le sa se raceasca si delecteaza-ti papilele gustative. A nu se recomanda celor slabi de inima. πŸ˜‰

Pofta buna!