Tempting Tuesday: Noodle Kugel

Warm, creamy, sweet noodle kugel is the stuff of dreams. With all the fuss about macaroni and cheese nowadays, noodles are becoming chic again. I’ll take kugel though, any day, any way, anyhow.  Cinnamon, butter, sugar – what’s not to love?

Usually kugel is baked either in a deep casserole baking dish or a standard 9×13 baking pan. The deeper dish makes the custard in which the noodles are put to bed, makes it creamier. This recipe is the result of a most happy accident. My grandma Ninny, of which I have previously written, was putting together baked dishes for a huge family get-together. She mixed up the kugel and realized…oops. The suitable baking dishes are taken. But, the bundt pan was free and clear. She decided to add the brown sugar and pecans just to give it a little extra bling and by golly, history was made in the kitchen that day.

Hanukah and other holidays need kugel. So does Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the third Sunday in January or February – whenever you want the kitchen to be warm and filled with the aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, and butter. I have sometimes not unmolded this and just served it for people to scoop into with the serving spoon, surprising them with the pecans and praline-y crust. However you decide to serve, enjoy and please, try not to eat too much.

Praline Noodle Kugel
3/4 C (1-1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted and divided
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 C pecans coarsely chopped
1 pound egg noodles
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. cream
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C white sugar
½ c. golden raisins or craisins
2 tsp salt

Start a large pot of water boiling. Preheat oven to 350.
Pour half the melted butter into a 12 cup mold, tube pan, or bundt pan, and swirl around the bottom and up the sides. Mix brown sugar and pecans and press into the sides of the pan into the butter.
Cook the noodles in boiling water, al dente. Drain. In a large bowl, mix hot noodles with a few pats of butter. Mix the noodles with the eggs, the remaining melted butter, raisons, cinnamon, vanilla, white sugar and salt.
Gently spoon noodles into the prepared mold, taking care not to dislodge brown sugar and pecans. Bake at 350 for 1-1/4 hours or until top is brown. Let stand 15 minutes before unmolding. Top will be slightly hard, like a praline.
Serve warm, cold or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream.  NOTE: This can be baked in a regular baking dish or casserole. Butter dish and spoon in noodle mixture. Press brown sugar mixture on top of kugel and adjust baking times, until custard Is set, but still jiggely and creamy.  Makes 12 servings.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mihrank
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 21:10:57

    yes, this is very tempting and healthy!


  2. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 21:16:38

    Comfort yum. 🙂


  3. huntmode
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 21:27:19

    Oh, I LOVE Kugel! God bless you for this, Kanzen! I am on it! Love your Ninny’s adaptation – whew, boy, I’m going to enjoy this!


  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 23:13:28

    I’ve never had Kugel. ❤ Must try it soon. 🙄


  5. M-R
    Oct 21, 2014 @ 02:04:40

    Consider yourself hit firmly on top of the head with my fist. If I ate this …
    Sighh …


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 21, 2014 @ 11:48:10

      Little Kanzen, who was a fearsome and fearless mimic, says, with your accent, Well M-R, if you ate it, your tummy would be happy, your mouth would smile, and you’d have another serving…….so there!


  6. Bernice
    Oct 21, 2014 @ 21:32:03

    This sounds wonderful – never heard of it before – but I do like the different ingredients.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 21, 2014 @ 21:51:04

      It is very traditional Jewish food. Some versions have sour cream and/or cottage chese, chopped dried apricots, chopped glaceed’ pineapple….it is very old fashioned comfort/special meal food.

      Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®|PRO


  7. nikibayard
    Oct 22, 2014 @ 06:03:22

    i would have to be brave 🙂 sounds, looks wonderful 🙂


  8. Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 00:16:55

    Now you started me thinking about holiday cooking and Kugel is always requested around here!


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