There are many variations on noodle kugel. For those who are familiar with bread pudding, I sometimes think the best way to explain a noodle kugel is that it is something like a bread pudding,
but made with noodles instead of bread.
I am a noodle kugel lover, I love any kind of noodle kugel, but a most wonderful one was made by my new friend in Tulsa. This kugel is so delicious, I took some from Tulsa to Austin in my carry-on baggage. My niece in Austin, Texas, and I ate this wonderful noodle kugel for breakfast the next day -- kugel holds well, can be eaten warm or cold.
I can not promise that kugel will pass TSA per every flight, but the TSA rules say that cakes are allowed, and kugel is not a liquid, but a solid. It is cut in slices, usually squares. Trust me, the kugel recipe below is worth including in your carry-on luggage!
When I make it, I will include a photograph. I was asked if "yogurt" could be substituted for the cottage cheese and sour cream? It would not be traditional, but I would think that Greek Yogurt would work, but I have not actually tried substituting. I plan on making this recipe this week and will also include variations. Per those allergic to dairy, the dairy products can be totally eliminated from the recipe and a non-dairy margarine can be used. The final product will be more dense.
The two Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated, are unique to this kugel recipe and add something special. For those who can not eat apples or raisins, mandarin oranges may be substituted for the apples and the raisins, but I personally prefer the recipe below, sent to me by my new friend in Tulsa:
1/2 lb. noodles (broad noodles are traditional, but I have seen kugel made with all widths)
I stick butter (could use marg. I like butter)
1/4 cup white sugar (I have used brown sugar for a darker colored kugel, but take care for those allergic to molasses)
1/2 cup golden raisins (golden raisins are dark raisins which have been lightened, any raisin works)
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated
1 cup cottage cheese
1cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cook noodles, drain and put immediately into a large bowl, which contains the butter. Mix butter and hot noodles. Add sugar and stir again. Add 2 peeled and grated apples. Stir. Add sour cream and cottage cheese. Stir. Beat 2 eggs lightly, add the vanilla to the eggs. Stir eggs and vanilla together.
Lastly, pour the eggs & vanilla into the noodle mixture and stir it all well.
Pour mixture into buttered 13x9 Pyrex pan and bake (uncovered ) for 35-38minutes. Cool, cover and refrigerate.
Can be made a day or two ahead of time. When cold, slice in desirable-size pieces, warm slightly and serve.