June is Pride month and while we have a lot to celebrate, including many people who are near and dear to me... We also have a lot of work to do to help the queer community gain basic human rights in our country.
These rainbow rugelach are an ode to each and every one of you. You are loved. You are supported. You are valued.
Happy Pride and keep fighting!
1 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 Cup warm water
1 Tablespoon instant yeast
1/4 Cup canola or vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
Gel food coloring ( I bought mine from Kroger, you can also get it Michael's or on Amazon)
1/2 Cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the yeast, water, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let sit until you see bubbles begin to form on the surface.
Pour in the flour, additional 2 tablespoons of sugar, salt, oil, and egg. Mix until combined. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes with the dough hook .
Remove from bowl and divide into 6 even balls of dough.
Before begininning to dye the dough, make sure that you are wearing plastic gloves or your hands will look tie dyed!!!
Begin with the lightest colors and work your way to the darkest. The order should be as follows: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple.
Beginning with the yellow dye, flatten the ball of dough and place a small amount of the gel food coloring in the center. Begin to knead the dough, adding more coloring as necessary until the color is saturated. This can take up to ten minutes.
Repeat for all other colors.
Allow the dough to rise 60-90 minutes, or until doubled in size. While the dough is rising make the filling.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips. Once melted, stir in the cocoa powder, sugar and flour.
Rip off pieces of each color of dough and place them next to each other to create whatever pattern you would like. Roll the dough out to a large triangle, about 1/3 inch thick. Spread the filling liberally over the dough.
Cut the dough in half lengthwise.
Cut each half into 8 columns. Cut each column diagonally so that it forms a triangle. I know, it's really confusing, so please see the videp below if you need help!
Starting at the wider end, roll the dough until it forms a rugelach! Place on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Allow to rise for another 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the size. If you desire, you can brush with a sugar syrup when they come out of the oven. (Make by pouring 1/2 granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water into a saucepan. Cook over medium until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture just begins to boil).