So the muffin cakes were such a hit, I had to try my hand at altering another sweet recipe into a savory... the recipe this time? "Rugelach!" Traditionally a Jewish pastry, sometimes made with a cream cheese dough, and filled with a variety of sweet fruit, nuts, chocolate, or some combination of the above.
I apologize to anyone of strict Jewish faith, I did break some major dietary rules on this one... but oh dear lord are they tasty?! I also broke a lot of baking rules as well. Actually, they probably shouldn't have turned out as well as they did, but fortunately they did... now if only I could stop eating them
Basically, I took the cream cheese dough recipe (cut in half, which you're not really supposed to do in baking, but I really didn't want a whole batch, and I figured if they turned out horrible I could blame it on that
). For the filling, my husband had made manicotti a couple nights before and we still had a ton of filling left (it's basically a mix of ricotta, sausage, olives, and herbs). I spread that on, then rolled the little suckers up and "glazed" with a garlic herb butter that I mixed up the night before... here they are in all their glory!
an image of the inside;
and my herb butter, all rolled up and ready to refrigerate for later
it's not much to look at, but it sure does taste good
These things turned out incredible! Mostly savory, with a little bit of sweet from the dough, just salty and buttery enough to be really satisfying and moist, without overwhelming you... I think these could be really bad for me, but they taste so good I just don't care!
Oh, and bonus, the husband liked them too (which is good, since he's my excuse to keep experimenting like this