Classic Noodle Kugel
With its wide ribbons of egg noodles bound by cottage cheese, sour cream and eggs, this classic dairy kugel recipe celebrates the sweeter, richer side of noodle puddings. You can make it the day before, store it in the fridge, then reheat it in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes just before serving. But it’s also great at room temperature. Blending the cottage cheese gives this version a smooth, almost cheesecakelike interior. For a more nubby texture with bits of cottage cheese peeking through the noodles, don’t use a blender; just whisk everything together in a big bowl.
- Serves: 8 persons
- ½teaspoon fine salt, plus more as needed
- 10tablespoons/142 grams unsalted butter, melted
- 12ounces/340 grams extra-wide egg noodles
- ⅔cup/106 grams raisins or diced dried apricots, dates, apples or prunes (optional)
- 6large eggs
- 2cups/454 grams cottage cheese
- 2cups/454 grams sour cream
- ⅓to 2/3 cup/66 grams to 132 grams light brown sugar, depending upon how sweet you like your kugel
- ⅓cup/79 milliliters whole milk
- 1teaspoon ground cinnamon, cardamom or ginger or a combination, or use grated lemon zest
- ¼teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or black pepper (optional)
Step 1Place a rimmed sheet pan in the oven and heat to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Step 2Grease a 2 1/2 quart baking dish or a 9-by-13-inch pan with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Step 3Add noodles to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions until just tender. Put the raisins or dried fruit, if using, into a colander.
Step 4As the noodles cook, combine the eggs, cottage cheese, sour cream, sugar, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg or pepper (if using), and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor. Pulse until well combined. Pulse in about 6 tablespoons of the butter, saving about 2 tablespoons for the top of the kugel.
Step 5When noodles are done, drain them in the colander over the raisins. The boiling water helps plump the raisins. Add drained noodles (and any raisins) to a bowl and use a spatula to mix well.
Step 6Scrape into the prepared pan, evenly spreading out the noodles. Drizzle with remaining melted butter. Place the kugel on the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the top is browned in spots. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.