Thursday, December 16, 2010
Maple-Pecan Medjool Date Rugelach
The Avid Bakers Challenge this month was Flo Braker's Maple-Pecan Medjool Date Rugelach. This is the second batch because the entire first batch did not last long enough to take a picture. Everyone loves these morsels. The flavor faintly reminds us of Baklava.
It began with a search for dates. Not knowing anything about dates, I managed to buy the wrong variety. Medjools, I learned, are the King of Dates. Whole Foods had some in containers and then I found these displayed in the produce section. They were twice the size, plump, beautiful color and organic. Organic? Aren't all dates organic? No, they are not, sad to say. I paid a King's Ransom for these beauties and it was worth every penny. They had just been picked a few days before.
My rolling techinque leaves a lot to be desired. I felt like one of Kramer's Cubans.
Luckily, it is not necessary to roll the Rugelach into a tight Dutch Master's Presidente to be delicious.
These cookies brought out shameless pilfering. "Just one more...just one more.....just one more..."