Gluten-free and Vegan Rugelach

I’m not religious and haven’t paid much attention to Chanukah since I lived in Toronto with my family. When my grandmother moved into a seniors home last year, she sent me a few things she didn’t need anymore, including an old chanukiah.  I felt guilty having it in my home and not using it. And with so many delicious (ahem, fried) Chanukah foods, I thought I’d get into the spirit this year.

We didn’t eat rugelach much growing up – it was a rare treat. Our Chanukah celebrations involved gingerbread menorah, chocolate gelt (money) and latkes.

I’ve always liked these sweet little pastries and was really excited to try this gluten-free version, which I adapted further to be dairy-free and vegan.

I found these rugelach difficult to roll – the dough was so sticky that it kept breaking. We enjoyed them, so it’s not like it was a huge disaster, but I felt like a disappointing failure. Am I the only one who takes it personally when things don’t go as well as you expected in the kitchen?

Look at Shauna Ahern’s version. Go ahead, I’ll wait. They look divine, don’t they? While mine look like they were constructed by a blindfolded five-year-old. Sigh. She makes it look so easy.

Gluten-free and Vegan Rugelach
From Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

½ cup Tofutti cream cheese
½ cup Earth Balance margarine
1/3 cup brown rice flour
¼ cup potato starch
2/3 cup cornstarch
½ tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp xanthan gum
3 tbsp rice, almond or soy milk

Visit Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef for the full recipe instructions.

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2 Responses to Gluten-free and Vegan Rugelach

  1. David, Kinnikinnick Foods December 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Great recipe, those look fantastic!! My cooking goes wrong all the time, but i figure as long as it tastes good it is a success:) For you and your readers, if you’re looking for the gluten free ingredients, Kinnikinnick Foods has a line of gluten free and dairy free mixes that are perfect for baking! They are available both online and in stores. I am looking forward to trying your recipe, and reading future posts!

    Thanks!

    • Sondi Bruner December 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks David. I don’t see a lot of Kinnikinnick products in my neighbourhood, but maybe I haven’t been looking closely enough. Is there a particular favourite mix you’d like to recommend?

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