Sunday, October 14, 2007


Yesterday while I was doing a cooking demo in Harlem, I got into a wonderful conversation with a lovely older woman who comes by every week. I told her I a writing a kosher soul food book and she was overjoyed. She told me she has the best rugelach recipe (handed down for her grandmother) that she will give to me to put into the book. The way she makes rugelach is with chocolate and nuts. Now that is kosher soul baby!

I am excited and can't wait till I see her again.My mouth is now salivating for rugelach. It is such a great cookie for the fall holidays. Since I can't wait, I found a great recipe from The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). She is a food lovin' jewess, so you can't go wrong with this recipe enjoy.

Nosh on,
"Luscious Lifestyle Diva"/"Queen of Kosher Soul Cuisine"

recipe courtesy of Barefoot Contessa

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2-pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 9 tablespoons
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup apricot preserves, pureed in a food processor
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash

Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins, and walnuts.

On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons apricot preserves and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the filling. Press the filling lightly into the dough. Cut the circle into 12 equal wedges—cutting the whole circle in quarters, then each quarter into thirds. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush each cookie with the egg wash. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.

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