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Kugel (Noodle Pudding)

November 20, 2010

Every Jewish family has their version of  kugel. Made with potatoes (usually savory) or noodles (on the sweet side) eggs, and seasonings and  baked. I hesitate to call it a pudding but by definition it is.Not quite custardly either. My recipe is a combination (I think!) of how my Mom and my Aunt Lena made it. Not many of the family recipes are written down.  It doesn’t last very long when I make it,the kids love it and so do I.It makes a nice and different side and is filling enough to eat alone for lunch.Or as a snack..or dessert after you’ve had it as a side for dinner! You get the idea-it’s that good.

  • 16 oz. bag medium wide noodles (sometimes called ribbons)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C. cottage cheese (I use small curd -no fat)
  • 1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese(no fat or fat)
  • 1 C. sour cream (no fat is fine)
  • 1 C.crushed pineapple
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1/2 C. apricot preserves ( or blackberry- whatever you prefer)
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 2 T honey

Boil noodles just to al dente. Do not overcook them.Transfer them to a lightly buttered 13 x 9 deep pan. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each one.

                                                                                                                     TWINS!!!!

Add to egg and cream cheese mixture in no particular order: pineapple, cottage cheese,  sour cream,  vanilla and one tablespoon of cinnamon.Stir til well combined.

Pour mixture over noodles and stir to coat. By spoonfuls drop the preserves  in rows about an inch apart.

Push the preserves down a bit so that they are covered by noodles.(hide them so to speak ) Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of cinnamon. (We also like extra cinnamon as you can see- you decide amounts for what your family likes!) Drizzle the honey over the top.

Cover with foil and bake one hour at 350 degrees. We like the top a little crunchy so I uncover and bake about 20-25 minutes longer. Otherwise keep it covered and bake same additional time.

Remove from oven and cut into squares.

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