Rugalach Recipe from the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook



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From the Holocaust Survivor's Cookbook

Miracle #34

Bronia Furst was born in Stanislav , Poland. When she was only nine years old she was separated from her parents and sent to a Concentration Camp. After the camp was liberated she was placed in an orphanage.

A short time later a Jewish man came into the orphanage looking for his daughter. Since Bronia fit the description of the man's daughter she was taken to meet him. Both Bronia and he knew that this man was not her father but she begged him in Yiddish to take her anyway so she could get back to her home.

The man claimed her as his daughter and then put her on a train back to her hometown. When she finally made it to her home town she went looking for the Jewish Market. She was told by a woman that it no longer existed.

The woman then asked her family name, and she told Bronia that she thought her aunt had survived. The woman took Bronia home, washed her, fed her, and put her to sleep.

The next day she brought the aunt to see Bronia. But it was not Bronia's aunt.

It was her mother!

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Rugalach (parve) from Bronia Furst

(my mother’s recipe)


    • 2 sticks margarine
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 pkg. dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • Flour

      Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    1. Mix together margarine, eggs, and egg yolk.
    2. Let all other ingredients sit for 1/2 hr to proof.
    3. Add yeast mixture to top mixture.
    4. Add 3 cups fl our to form dough.
    5. Divide into 3 equal parts.
    6. Add fl our to rolling pin and roll out each part into pie shape.

    7. Filling:
      • 3/4 cups sugar
      • 3/4 cups walnuts
      • 1 tsp. cinnamon

    8. Combine above and spread on top of dough.
    9. Use a knife to cut into little triangles, roll them up from wide to narrow side to make rugelachs.
    10. Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

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    from the December 2008 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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