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Feta Cheese-Walnut Rugelach

Rugelach

Heather serves wonderful dishes when she hosts book club. This recipe was in high demand and is easy to whip up!

Ingredients

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*

 

Directions

  1.  Cut each chilled pastry round in half; cover and refrigerate until ready to use
  2.  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.
  3.  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.**
  4.  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.

Tips:
*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

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

8 oz cream cheese, softened

 

Directions

  1.  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.
  2.  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

 

Pairing Suggestions:

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.

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