Heather serves wonderful dishes when she hosts book club. This recipe was in high demand and is easy to whip up!
1 recipe Savory Cream Cheese Pastry, chilled (recipe below)
8 tablespoons apple butter, divided
1 1/3 cups or feta cheese, divided
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted, divided*
- Cut each chilled pastry round in half; cover and refrigerate until ready to use
- On lightly floured surface, roll 1 dough half into 10 inch circle (keep remaining dough refrigerated until needed); spread with 2 tablespoons of the apple butter. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the cheese and 1/4 cup of the nuts. Pat filling lightly to form even layer.
- Cut round into 8 wedges (like a pie). Starting with the wide end, roll up each wedge tightly around filling. Arrange side-by-side, without touching, on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.**
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake fresh or frozen pastries 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.
*To toast walnuts: place on baking sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until pale brown and fragrant. Cool.
**Can make this pastry ahead of time to this point. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight or freeze 2 hours or until firm. Place rugelach in freezer bags; freeze up to 3 weeks. When ready to bake, place frozen rugelach on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Savory Cream Cheese Pastry
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
- Whisk flour and salt in small bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl at medium speed 2 minutes or until fluffy. At low speed, beat in flour mixture 1 minute or just until dough forms.
- Divide dough in half; shape into 2 flat rounds. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight (To freeze, place chilled dough rounds in freezer bag, freeze up to 1 month).
makes 1 1/2 pound dough
The sweet and salty of the rugelach recipe blends perfectly with books of a similar taste like Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, and So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Eiger.