Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This has been a challenging day today. Not foodwise, but lifewise. Over the summer a new person moved into our quiet neighborhood. A group of neighbors now believes that the residence has become a drug house, and evidence is mounting to support that belief, so we're all working with police to see what can be done. On top of that, and tomorrow's election, I found out that my jury duty is scheduled for tomorrow (or Tuesday if you're reading this then). I was prepared to go on Wednesday, but not on Tuesday. I have a standing meeting nearly every Tuesday, so I've had to call a bunch of people and explain why I won't be there. Plus, it's election day, an historic one at that. It's just frustrating.
So, this week's TWD event was chosen by Grace of Piggy's Cooking Journal. We made rugelach, a filled and rolled cream cheese pastry. I've made rugelach before, so I was looking forward to trying a different recipe. These are good, but somehow I feel they are lacking something in flavor and taste, which just adds to my frustration for the day. They weren't very difficult: the dough was easy to work with, the filling was fine, they baked without burning, and they tasted alright. Just not memorable. Maybe it was the filling. I'll have to find my previous recipe and compare.
I spread the dough with some boysenberry jam:
Sprinkled on the chopped pecans and currants:
Sprinkled on the finely chopped, bittersweet chocolate:
Ready to eat:
They were good, mind you; just not great. That in itself is a challenge, of course: to find the perfect rugelach recipe now.
I'm sure the other TWD bakers have their own opinions on this week's challenge, so I encourage you to take a look.