I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Baking Sisters

My aunt Jay is back in the kitchen baking today making her famous rugelach. For a little Italian lady she makes a mean Jewish pastry, even her Jewish friends agree. This time her only assistant in the kitchen will be my grandmother, no gentlemen callers today.
My grandmother will be transporting some of that rugelach back to Rochester for all of us, aren’t aunts and grandmothers’ the best!


1 cup of butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted flour
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon

Blend butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add flour and sour cream; beat until it is mixed well. Cover; refrigerate overnight. Add together sugar, raisins, nuts and cinnamon. Divide dough into 6 parts.
On a floured board, roll the balls into a 9 inch circle then slice into 10 wedges. Place a heaping teaspoon of sugar mixture in center of each wedge. Roll each wedge. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.

Makes about 5 dozen.


nicisme said...

I made these once but they didn't look as tasty as yours do, maybe I will have to try again.
You've got that right about aunts and grandmothers.

Julie said...

Hi Nic, they are the best.

Patricia Scarpin said...

If they need any help eating these, I'm here, Julie. ;)

Julie said...

Patricia, knowing my Aunt Jay she would probably ship you a box.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Gee...you are a lucky niece! I love love love that your aunt is not sitting around moaning about age, etc. No, she's kicking some tail with her baking! And still reeling the men in! Very nice.

Julie said...

Thanks Catherine, even at 91 my aunt looks like she is only in her 70's.

Chris said...

I love these. I made mini rugelach with my mom over Christmas. I like it with the cinn-sugar. Mom likes to add prune or apricot filling - like the kind from Solo. :)

Julie said...

These are one of my favorites as well, Chris.