I love ‘Rugelach’, a Jewish pastry. ‘Rugelach’ pastry is slightly sour because dough contains Cream Cheese (OR Sour Cream). The filling can be anything I like, so I used my favourite Sweetened Chestnut Cream this time, wondering if Chestnut flavour goes well with Cream Cheese flavoured pastry. Of course it does!!!


16 Rolls


60g Cream Cheese *softened
60g Butter *softened
2 tablespoons Caster Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Plain Flour

1/3 to 1/2 cup Sweetened Chestnut Cream
*Note: You may wish to add finely chopped cooked Chestnuts to the cream.

  1. Combine softened Butter and softened Cream Cheese in a bowl, add Caster Sugar and mix well until creamy. Add Egg Yolk and Vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add Plain Flour and mix as you cut the butter mixture into flour. Use your hands to bring the mixture together into dough. *Note: If the mixture is too soft, add 1-2 tablespoons extra flour.
  3. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  4. On a lightly floured flat surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a large 3mm thick disc larger than 30cm in diameter. Spread the filling evenly. *See the method on ‘Rugelach’ page.
  5. Cut the disc into 16 wedges and roll up each wedge from the outside edge.
  6. Place on the prepared baking tray and bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.