Sweet Noodle Kugel with Apples

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Serves

    8

Appears in

Healthy Jewish Cooking

Healthy Jewish Cooking

By Steven Raichlen

Published 2000

  • About

Lokshen (noodle) kugel is the most famous of all Jewish puddings—a satisfying casserole of noodles and cottage cheese, lightly sweetened with sugar, tart with sour cream, perfumed with vanilla, and graced with grated apples. I’ve drastically slashed the butter from the recipe I grew up on and yet I think you’ll find this kugel brimming with richness and flavor. Serve it as a light dairy entrée, side dish, or even dessert.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 8 ounces flat egg noodles
  • Salt
  • 2 firm sweet apples, like Galas
  • 2 cups no- or low-fat sour cream
  • ¾ cup egg substitute or 1 egg plus 4 whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese (large curd)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup light brown sugar or regular sugar
  • Spray oil for the pan

For the Topping

  • ½ cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs or regular graham cracker crumbs or bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)

Method

  1. Soak the raisins in the apple juice for 30 minutes to soften them. Drain well. (Save the apple juice for drinking.)

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  3. Cook the noodles in 4 quarts rapidly boiling salted water until a little shy of al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain the noodles in a colander, rinse with cold water, and drain again.

  4. Wash, core, and coarsely grate the apples (on the large-holed side of a grater). I don’t generally bother to peel the apples. Squeeze the grated apples between your fingers to wring out the excess liquid.

  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, egg substitute, vanilla and almond extracts, cinnamon, and lemon zest and whisk until smooth. Stir in the cottage cheese, brown sugar, noodles, raisins, and grated apples. Correct the seasoning, adding sugar or cinnamon to taste.

  6. Spoon the noodle mixture into an 8 by 12-inch baking dish lightly oiled with spray oil. Sprinkle the top with the graham cracker crumbs and sugar and dot with butter (if using).

  7. Bake the kugel until set and golden brown, about 50 minutes. Let the kugel cool for 5 minutes, then cut into squares for serving.

362 CALORIES PER SERVING; 17 G PROTEIN; 3 G FAT; 1 G SATURATED FAT; 65 G CARBOHYDRATE; 435 MG SODIUM; 54 MG CHOLESTEROL