Monday, June 19, 2006

goes-with-everything sweet kugel

An epal of mine, sent me, initiator of the Kosher Cooking Carnival, a request for a "parve noodle kugel."

To define terms:
parve= neither meat nor dairy, an important aspect of kosher cooking, which forbids eating meat and dairy at the same meal; fish also has certain restrictions
goes-with-everything= parve, not even fish
noodle= pasta, but in these concoctions, the broad, long "egg noodles" are usually used, though it's not required; you won't be jailed or ridiculed if you use shells, wagon wheels, elbows, spaghetti, or anything you want to get rid of, even a combination of shapes
kugel= Yiddish for casserole, tasty, whatever you call it

This is a "family size" recipe. You can make less, or divide it in freezable baking dishes, or cut it after cooking for freezing.

a 1 pound (or 500 gram) package of "egg noodles"
4 eggs
1/2 cup or less of brown sugar, or white, not crucial, I personally like brown
a handful of raisins
a diced apple
optional for a more exotic flavor, small can of diced pineapple
spoon of cinnamon

  • cook the noodles, rinse
  • put in a large bowl, or even directly into your casserole baking dish, if you're sure it's large enough
  • mix with the eggs, cinnamon and fruit
  • bake, same temperature as a cake, until "dry" inside, like a cake check with fork or toothpick, or how "springy" when you press the middle
  • If you want to make a dairy version, use a cup of cottage cheese instead of two of the eggs

Remember: You don't have to be Jewish to eat kosher food!


B. Durbin said...

Would you consider this to be a main dish or a sweet side (or even dessert)? I've never come across anything like it, and I'd like to know where it falls in the flavor & fillingness categories.

muse said...

It's generally a side dish, but it can certainly be a main course for vegetarians. There's also the cheese option, besides the cottage I mentioned, try grated cheese.

It can be an entire meal if you want.

B. Durbin said...