Candy and Savory Rugelach by The Unicorn Cooks
1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks), softened
1 package deal (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄ 2 teaspoon salt
1⁄ 2 cups walnuts
4 ounces blue cheese, lower into small items
48 pitted dates (about 12 ounces)
1 giant egg white
1 teaspoon water
1. Put together dough: In giant bowl, with mixer at medium pace, beat butter and cream cheese till creamy, sometimes scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Cut back pace to low; steadily beat in flour and salt simply till blended, sometimes scraping bowl.
2. Divide dough into 4 equal items; form every right into a disk. Wrap every disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate till dough is agency sufficient to roll, no less than 4 hours or in a single day. (Or place dough in freezer 1 hour if utilizing butter, 1 hour half-hour if utilizing margarine.)
3. In meals processor with knife blade connected, course of 1⁄ 2 cup walnuts till finely chopped; switch to small bowl and reserve. In identical meals processor bowl, course of blue cheese and remaining 1 cup walnuts simply till a rough combination types.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two giant cookie sheets with foil; grease foil.
5. On frivolously floured floor, with floured rolling pin, roll one disk of dough into 10-inch spherical. (If dough is simply too chilly to roll, let stand 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature to melt barely.) With pastry wheel or knife, lower dough into 12 equal wedges (don’t separate). Starting 1 inch from edge, sprinkle 1/ 2 cup blue-cheese combination in 2-inch-wide ring, leaving dough in middle uncovered. Place 1 entire date horizontally on huge curved finish of every wedge. Beginning at huge finish, roll up every wedge, jelly-roll style. Place rugelach, level aspect down, 1 inch aside, on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough (one disk at a time), blue-cheese combination, and dates.
6. In small bowl, frivolously beat egg white with water. With pastry brush, brush rugelach with egg-white combination and sprinkle evenly with reserved walnuts.
7. Bake till golden, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheets between higher and decrease racks midway via baking. With huge spatula, instantly switch rugelach to wire racks to chill. Retailer in hermetic container as much as 3 days, or in freezer as much as 3 months. Makes 48 appetizers.