Today, Americans often prefer the dairy versions made with wide egg noodles, egg custard, and varying amounts of dried or canned fruit. These recipes are popular for brunches and pot-lucks. I suspect that as time has gone by over the generations, sweet kugels have become sweeter and sweeter. Some use a streusel-type topping of crushed corn flakes: this must be a New-World addition!
When Myrtle saw my last post of a recipe for sweet noodle kugel, which her sister gave me, she sent me her favorite kugel recipe:
Rich-and-Fruity Lokshen Kugel
(Myrtle's Sweet Noodle Pudding)
8 ounces medium-wide egg noodles
1 10 1/2 -ounce (or similar) can mandarin orange segments, drained
1 16- ounce can pitted dark, sweet cherries, drained
1 8- ounce can crushed pineapple, including juice
1 cup commercial sour cream
1/3 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cook the noodles according to the package directions and drain them well.
Combine them with all the canned fruit, and spread the mixture in a well buttered or non stick spray-coated baking dish.
In a blender or food processor (fitted with the steel blade), combine the sour cream, butter, cream cheese, sugar, honey, vanilla and eggs. Process until completely smooth, about 1 minute or longer, scraping down the sides of the container once or twice. Pour the mixture over the noodles and fruit; then stir gently with a spoons so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Combine the topping ingredients (if used) and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
Bake the kugel in a preheated 350’ oven for 1 hour, or until it is set. Let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature, and refrigerate it uncut. Shortly before serving, reheat it, covered, in a 350’ oven until warmed through.
Makes about 12 servings
(I made 1 ½ times the recipe, doubling the mandarin oranges and pineapple, but not the bing cherries.)