My Ultimate Sweet Apple Noodle Kugel
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Recipe type: Side dish, dairy, vegetarian
Cuisine: Jewish
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 package (12 ounces) wide egg noodles (like Manischewitz or Streit's)
  • ¾ stick of butter (= 6 tablespoons), divided
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced small.
  • 8 ounce block of cream cheese, melted
  • 1-3/4 cups milk, 4 or 2% fat, warmed
  • 8 ounce small curd cottage cheese (small container), regular or lowfat
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
Instructions:
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F. Use a small amount of the butter to grease a 9 x 13 inch Pyrex glass pan or ceramic casserole dish.
  2. Cook the noodles in salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Put a few drops of cooking oil in the boiling water to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Noodles should be softened, but still a little firm. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prep all ingredients: peel and dice the apples; melt the cream cheese and remaining butter in the microwave; warm the milk, and beat the eggs.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, milk, and butter. Add in the cottage cheese, sugar, vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and beaten eggs. Stir to combine well. Fold in the noodles and apples until evenly distributed.
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and sprinkle remaining ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon on top. Check at 40 minutes to see if the top is brown enough. If so, cover with foil and continue cooking. Bake for about 1 hour total or until the center is set, and the top is golden brown.
  6. Cool at least 10 minutes. Cut into squares to serve. Serve warm.
Notes:
Passover tip from my friend Jody: this recipe works well with Manischewitz Passover Gold Wide Noodles (Not the gluten free or yolk free). Kugel can be made ahead: Option 1: Assemble and refrigerate overnight. The next day leave out for a half hour, then bake. Option 2: Assemble and underbake (cook about 45 minutes). Let cool and then refrigerate. Before serving warm in the oven for 30 minutes.
Recipe by Foodie Goes Healthy Recipe Blog at https://foodiegoeshealthy.com/sweet-apple-noodle-kugel/