These are not difficult to make, but might be a bit time consuming. I'm just gonna tell you right now that it is worth the time and effort!
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in pieces and chilled
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cut in chunks and chilled
- 2 tablespoons sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
- 3/4 cup hazelnuts (or almonds)
- 1 cup apricot preserves (I use sugar free)
- 2/3 cups golden raisins
- 1/4 tspn salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375.
Pulse the flour, sugar and salt in food processor. Add the butter, cream cheese and sour cream, and pulse until it forms a rough dough - it wont mix together well, it will have "pieces". Put the dough on a floured work surface and divide into 4 parts - wrap each section in plastic wrap and freeze for about 15 mins.
Chops the nuts, raisins, and salt in the food processor until it becomes a paste.
Unfreeze the dough and roll out one of the portions into a thin rectangle. It doesn't matter if it looks pretty, just make sure its a rectangle! Spread some of the filling in the middle, not close to the edges.
Carefully roll the dough into one long log
Using a serrated knife cut into small pieces. (I like to make mine on an angle). Put seam side down on a greased pan and pop into the freezer for a few more minutes.
Repeat with the other 3 sections of dough.
Presto! They are so amazing. The last time I made them I mixed 1/4 cup Raspberry Preserves and 3/4 Apricot Preserves... and I wouldn't recommend it. It takes away from the Apricot/Golden Raisin combo that's going on, and it just wasn't as good. Maybe all Raspberry, or all Strawberry.... who knows... the possibilities are endless!!