My mom is a wonderful cook who inherited all of her culinary skills from her mother. I, unfortunately, take after my father’s mother, who could burn water and was the reason my father preferred his steak “well done.”
I can’t seem to cook a meal without the fire department arriving at our door. (Tip for the ladies: If you’re kitchen challenged, like me, always have lipstick handy, like I said, there will be firemen.)
But, I digress.
There is a small list of things I can make that don’t burn down the house. One is by far my most favorite dish that my grandmother used to make, and my mother perfected – her Noodle Kugel recipe.
For those of you who don’t know what Noodle Kugel is, imagine a lasagna, but instead of tomato sauce, meat and cheese, it’s filled with raisins, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Lots of butter. And will lay heavily on your for days, but so worth it. Many noodle kugel recipes call for sour cream and riccota cheese, ours does not. It’s pure carb delight!
We enjoy it at every major Jewish holiday, and the family begs for it year-round. It’s as sweet as any dessert you could ever want and absolutely addicting. My favorite part is the crunchy top, where the cooked noodles create a crust with the crispy, sweet raisins. Delicious. *Don’t get your cholesterol checked within days after eating this because I’m sure it will be off the charts. Your scale too.
Grandma’s Noodle Kugel Recipe:
12 0z. pkg. wide Manischewitz Noodles
Boil about 7 minutes in salted water, then drain.
In a large bowl add:
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup golden or dark raisins (I use both)
Put a few drops of melted butter into 9 x 12 Pyrex baking dish then smooch -yes, according to my mom, this is an actual term – it all around.
Mix all ingredients, then add the noodles. Once the noodles are fully coated pour the mixture into baking dish and smooth it out.
Bake at 350, for 45 minutes. Check every 20 minutes, if browning too quickly drop temperature to 325.
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