This recipe is part of Scrumptious Sunday’s Pasta Edition where you’ll find more delicious dishes.
For another Kugel recipe, don't miss Tamy's Pineapple Noodle Pudding which she just added as a bonus recipe for today's Scrumptious Sunday. She has three new Scrumptious Sunday recipes waiting for you at 3 Sides of Crazy.
If you are not Jewish, you might not be familiar with Kugel, but it is a deliciously sweet dessert made with egg noodles.
I remember my first Kugel. It was at a bittersweet party. It was a great party, but it was a good-bye party for my best friend, our son’s Godmother, who was moving across the country to Michigan. One of her co-workers, as stereotypical a Jewish mother as you can get in real life, brought the Kugel.
At first I wasn’t sure about noodles with sugar. Would it be like chicken with sweet chocolate sauce, which makes me run away at the mere thought of it? Or would it be as delicious as a creamy rice pudding?
Even our son loved it. He was nearly 3 years old at the time, and after a full dinner was ravenously eating more than his own weight in Kugel if he ate a spoonful.
It is a dish full of goodness, fat, calories and sweetness, so leave all thoughts of dieting behind. My wish for you is that you enjoy it as much as we have.
1 (16 oz.) package wide egg noodles
Apple juice (optional)
2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
½ Cup golden raisins
½ Cup applejuice
1 Cup softened butter (2 sticks)
½ Cup sour cream
½ Cup cream cheese
1-2 Cups sugar (see note ***)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 Cup chunky, spiced applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste
1 ½ Cup graham crackers, matza OR corn flakes, crumbled
½ Cup brown sugar
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
½ Cup melted butter (1 stick)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (175 C.).
Coat a 9”X13” or larger baking dish with butter or spray.
Cook noodles according to package directions, but slightly undercooked. (Omit any salt or broth suggested!! Optionally you can substitute apple juice and 2 Tablespoons sugar for the broth and salt.)
Let golden raisins simmer in ½ cup apple juice until plump, about 10-15 minutes. (You could also plop them in with the noodles and skip this step.)
Beat eggs in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients mixing well between each addition. Incorporate into drained noodles and add raisins. Pour into baking dish.
Combine all ingredients for the crumble and spread over noodles.
Bake for 45-60 minutes. (Cover with foil if your oven has a tendency to burn, removing foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking time for a nice golden brown color.)
Kugel can be served warm or cold. If you have leftovers, they will taste even better the next day.
***Nota Bene: Kugel is meant to be very sweet so 2 cups of sugar is not too much. However many of us are not used to so much sweetness so 1 ½ Cups of sugar will still be enough. You can lower the sugar to as little as 1 Cup, but not any less unless you have special dietary restrictions.