Rejoice the candy aspect of kugel
For many kugel lovers, the easiest model is no matter you grew up consuming. Whether or not you have been raised on savory, schmaltz-laden potato kugel or bitter cream-slathered noodle kugel dotted with raisins, there’s little or no crossover the place kugel is worried.
This recipe is for all of the candy noodle kugel fans on the market. A mixture of extensive ribbons of egg noodles, bitter cream and cottage cheese, it is about as basic because the dairy-filled variations come.
It is also adaptable. You may add raisins or different dried fruit, or skip them fully. Be happy to make use of extra sugar or much less, relying in your style, and, whereas I believe slightly cinnamon is nonnegotiable in each noodle pudding, you’ll be able to substitute different spices and even grated lemon zest to brighten every thing up.
To make the inside as plush and cheesecake-like as attainable, I purée the cottage cheese and bitter cream till silky. However, if you happen to want apparent curds strewn amid the curling noodles, skip that step and simply whisk collectively the eggs, cottage cheese and bitter cream earlier than mixing within the noodles. Do you have to discover a brick or two of old style farmer cheese, you’ll be able to substitute it for the cottage cheese. It makes for a barely firmer, milkier kugel with a light tang.
As for a topping, some kugel cooks prefer to sprinkle cornflakes, breadcrumbs or chopped nuts over the pudding. However even simpler — and I believe higher — is to depart the noodles uncovered. Within the oven’s warmth, their ideas singe and brown, turning irresistibly crisp. Somewhat melted butter drizzled on earlier than baking is all it’s good to assist this alongside. Simply strive to not choose all of them off the highest earlier than serving.
My Aunt Martha used to take her crunchy kugel to the furthest diploma, baking her noodle combine in muffin cups after I was rising up, which made them crisp by and thru. One other crunch-forward technique is to unfold the combination in a shallow sheet pan as an alternative of a casserole dish, growing the floor space.
For this recipe, which might be pretty for a celebratory Hanukkah dinner, I saved the casserole dish in play. Its depth provides you a distinction between the creamy, supple underlayer of kugel and its pleasingly golden crown of noodle shards on prime. It is arguably the perfect of each worlds, a basic iteration for the noodle kugel universe.
Traditional Noodle Kugel
Serves 8 to 12.
With its extensive ribbons of egg noodles sure by cottage cheese, bitter cream and eggs, this basic dairy kugel recipe celebrates the sweeter, richer aspect of noodle puddings. You can also make it the day earlier than, retailer it within the fridge, then reheat it in a 350-degree oven for 20 to half-hour simply earlier than serving. Nevertheless it’s additionally nice at room temperature. Mixing the cottage cheese provides this model a clean, virtually cheesecake-like inside. For a extra nubby texture with bits of cottage cheese peeking by the noodles, do not use a blender; simply whisk every thing collectively in a giant bowl. From Melissa Clark, New York Instances.
• 1/2 tsp. tremendous salt, plus extra as wanted
• 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, divided
• 12 oz. extra-wide egg noodles
• 2/3 c. raisins or diced dried apricots, dates, apples or prunes, optionally available
• 6 giant eggs
• 2 c. cottage cheese
• 2 c. bitter cream
• 1/3 to 2/3 c. mild brown sugar, relying upon desired sweetness
• 1/3 c. complete milk
• 1 tsp. floor cinnamon, cardamom or ginger or a mixture, or use grated lemon zest
• 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg or black pepper, optionally available
Place a rimmed sheet pan within the oven and warmth to 350 levels. Deliver a big pot of salted water to a boil.
Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish or a 9- by 13-inch pan with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Add noodles to the boiling water and prepare dinner in line with the package deal instructions till simply tender. Put the raisins or dried fruit, if utilizing, right into a colander.
Because the noodles prepare dinner, mix the eggs, cottage cheese, bitter cream, sugar, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg or pepper (if utilizing), and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender or meals processor. Pulse till effectively mixed. Pulse in about 6 tablespoons of the butter, saving about 2 tablespoons for the highest of the kugel.
When noodles are performed, drain them within the colander over the raisins. The boiling water helps plump the raisins. Add drained noodles (and any raisins) to a big bowl, add the cottage cheese combination, and use a spatula to combine effectively.
Scrape into the ready pan, evenly spreading out the noodles. Drizzle with remaining melted butter. Place the kugel on the baking sheet within the oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, till the highest is browned in spots. Switch to a wire rack to chill for at the least 20 minutes earlier than serving.