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Rugelach

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves48
  • DifficultyEasy
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
220g unsalted butter, at room temperature
100g sugar plus 9 tbsps
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
280g plain flour
50g light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
120g sultanas
120g walnuts, finely chopped
120g apricot preserve, pureed in a food processor
1) Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light. Add 50g sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the plain flour and mix until just combined.

2) Dump the dough out onto a well-plain floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in cling film, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3) To make the filling, combine 6 tbsps of sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, the sultanas, and walnuts.

4) On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 18cm circle. Spread the dough with 2 tbsps apricot preserve and sprinkle with 50g 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 biscuits, points tucked under, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Chill for 30 minutes.

5) Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

6) Brush each biscuit with the egg wash. Combine 3 tbsps of sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

7) Remove to a wire rack, let cool and serve.

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