I was busy baking. Again. With the rest of the TWD bakers. I can’t pronounce this weeks treat either. But I did get someone who knows German to pronounce it for me. I also took them into work for fear I would have eaten the entire recipe by myself. Yeah. They are that good. That good even with my mistake! 🙂

For this week, Piggy of Piggy’s Cooking Journal chose, Rugelach from pages 150 and 151 of Dorie’s Baking cookbook. I was stuck home last Wednesday so I did quite a bit of baking. I made the Maple Walnut Biscotti and Individual Chicken Potpies along with the Rugelach!

This is a really great, flaky, not too sweet treat. I am really glad that Piggy chose this because I probably would have never made it myself just by looking at the photo and reading the ingredients. You know how you get that “mind set” about certain things and you “think” you probably wouldn’t like it? Well, I really need to grow out of that. I mean, I AM over 40 now and getting older every day!

The recipe used instructions for a food processor which I do not have (I have a mini one, not one I can use for recipes of this scale). I only don’t have one because I continue to convince myself I don’t really need one. So, I haven’t broken down and spent the money for one yet because I just don’t “think” I need it. There I go – “thinking” again!

I cut the butter and cream cheese up in cubes and used my pastry blender to “process” the dough. This seemed to work just fine for me! After the dough is mixed you have a couple of hours to do something else as it has to sit in the fridge for up to 2 hours or overnight. Mine sat in there 2 hours. 🙂

I took the dough out, got my jam warmed up, mixed up my cinnamon and sugar, then went for the mini chocolate chips. I don’t know where they went. I could have sworn I had some. I’ll probably find them in a “hiding” place later! Since I couldn’t find the mini’s I went with my faithful Giradelli 60% cocoa chips. I mixed them with the chopped walnuts and raisins (no currants). Can you tell I’m not one of those “mis en place” people? I get it out, use it, then put it away. For one thing, my kitchen isn’t huge and I don’t have that much counter space. Anyway..

I rolled my dough out.

Spread the jam, sprinkled the chocolate, walnut, and raisins, then proceeded to cut and roll. After I had the one round done it hit me. I didn’t sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on! Augh. I made sure to do it to the second round.

I brushed the egg wash on, sprinkled the sugar and put the pastries in the oven to bake.

Dorie suggested this was a great recipe to use the silicone mats for. I had just received one as a gift so I tried it out and on the other cookie sheet I used parchment paper. Both worked just fine!

Check out the other TWD Bakers sites to see their results!