My grown son is now in his own condo and this collection of recipes I called, Dearest Michael were written when he was younger as you will see by my references, as a gift to him for this very moment.
Whether you read them for the story or the recipe, know that they were written as a tribute to the many people who have influenced my kitchen, my cooking and my notion of family.
Alayne's Noodle Kugel
This is the casserole dish I use for well over 20 years. Irrepleaceable. It was my Great Grandmother, Mimi's, Isabelle's Mother. I like a deeper dish for kugel because it holds the sweet, deep creaminess so it doesn’t get dry because a dry kugel is a crappy kugel.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- 1 12 oz package of extra broad egg noodles cooked and drained (I use Pennsylvania Dutch brand)
- Cook for three minutes less than the package says as they will cook more in the oven and you don’t want a mush fest.
- Drain and set aside.
The Main Ingredients
- 1 16 oz container cottage cheese (I use Breakstones)
- 1 16 oz container sour cream (I use Breakstones)
- 1 8oz tub of whipped cream cheese
- 5 eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup half and half (or whole milk is fine too)
- 1 stick of melted salted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- A few good shakes of cinnamon
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 2 apples (I usually use Honey Crisp or Macintosh) peeled and chopped
- Raisins- optional. (Most people don’t like the raisins, but I like 1/2 cup just for some extra color and texture and picking them out slows people down from inhaling it too fast:)
- 3/4 cup cornflakes crushed
- 2 T sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
LARGE PAN to boil noodles
STRAINER to drain cooked noodles
3 1/2 - 4 QUART CASSEROLE dish with some depth
MIXER (or a strong spoon to mix with if you don't feel like washing extra pots pans and beaters)
LARGE MIXING BOWL that stands strong on your counter and gives you pleasure when you look at it.
SMALL BUTTER MELTING PAN or a sturdy measuring cup to melt it in the microwave.
- Combine first 9 ingredients, beginning with cottage cheese, in a large mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment until well blended. Blend lightly with a mixer for 1-2 minutes on low speed just to break up the chunks of everything.
- Fold together cooked, drained noodles and cheese mixture and place in a big buttered casserole dish.
- Spread the top of the Kugel with the Cornflake Topping.
- Bake uncovered until set about 40 minutes. (if making ahead of time, bake for less time, cover and put back in oven for about 20 minutes or until set and slightly golden before serving.)
This 6 in Loge Cast Iron pan is one of those pans that have become like family. Scrambled eggs, melting butter, heating up a small cup of soup, I use it so much I just leave it out on top of my stove all the time now.
Some of the great joys I have the privilege of owning are my Great Grandparent's serving pieces. There is something magical about using a beautiful piece to serve a special meal with. If you don't have one or don't want to spend the money, this mixing spoon is so pretty and it double functions for mixing and serving plus it is so pretty.
Mixing Bowls from Kitchen Aid. I love my ceramic ones too, but these are so useful. All this recipe and product recommendations is so fun and is making my kitchen brimming with new toys.
Extra Broad Noodles I use
This should slice nicely into squares or rectangles, moist, but not mushy, cuttable but not dry. The texture, before putting into oven, should lean on the moist side.
I serve with unsweetened applesauce on the side, too