In one of my earlier posts I wrote about supporting individual people in Ukraine by buying digital files from their Etsy shops. Those files you can download just a few minutes after checkout. There are recipes, knitting and crochet patterns, Lightroom presets, and paintings. The digital files of paintings you can send to a place where they will print them for you in the size you want.
Among others I bought a recipe for Ukrainian Rogalyk. They looked delicious in the photo (of course!) and the seller assured in her listing description that they are easy to make. Okay, I thought, I go for it, and if it doesn't work, who cares?
Let me tell you that I am a pretty good cook, but I am not a baker. But my word of the year is "explore", so I decided to explore my baking skills.
The problem was that the recipe was written in a mix of metric and imperial measure. Before I could even start I sat down with my calculator, trying to get everything in metric. I then realized (which I didn't know before, call me ignorant) that UK cups are slightly different from US cups. I figured since Ukraine is in Europe that the seller was probably thinking of UK cups. In the end, I went for a number in the middle. Remember, I was exploring...
I made the dough, let it rest in the fridge and then got to work. First I rolled out the dough.
Usually when I roll out cookie dough, it either is bumpy in places or it sticks to the rolling pin (or both) despite the flour I put on in order to avoid this. With this dough none of this happened - it was smooth and didn't stick to anything.
Then I had to cut triangles, fill them with jam and roll them into "croissants". I still have quite some jars from last year's raspberry preserve I made and it worked beautifully.
My shapes were pretty crooked and after the first batch came out of the oven, I realized that I had put too much jam in the dough. But hey, who cares if it doesn't look like in the picture?
Odd shapes are easily hidden under powdered sugar...
We let them cool and then tried the first one. Oh - they were delicious. There is almost no sugar in the dough, all the sweetness comes from the jam and the powdered sugar. This recipe was for 50 pieces - I must have made my Rogalyk too big or rolled the dough too thick, because I only got 29. I brought some of them to German School for our break and they were a hit.
I am not posting the recipe, because I want this Ukrainian seller to make all the money she can and that she needs. I don't know where she is right now, whether she is still in Ukraine or was able to get into another country, but I do know that she and her family need the money. If you are interested in this recipe (it costs only a couple bucks), you can get it here. I am happy to help you with the measurements.
I'm linking with Kathy's Food Wednesday.