Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sweet Noodle Kugel with Apples and Almonds


For those of you wondering what on earth a kugel is, it is a thick baked pudding, usually made with either noodles (generally a sweet dish) or potatoes (not sweet, as that would be gross). Apparently the word kugel is actually Yiddish for "ball" and I have no idea how it came to be used as it is. This was my first attempt at a vegan kugel. I came across the recipe in Vegan Planet. Of course, I made a few changes: I left out the raisins (call me picky, but I don't like them), used farfalle instead of the broken fettuccine called for (my momma always made noodle kugel with egg noodles, and I thought farfalle looked more traditional), and used peanut butter instead of almond butter (because I did not have almond butter). Overall, this was pretty good, but I personally prefer my noodle kugel a little sweeter. That is an easy fix in the future, though. On the plus side, apparently I don't mind almonds if they're ground up (they're in the topping). I usually don't care for nuts mixed in dishes, but I always wish I did because I know they're so good for you.

Good news: I got a new oven thermostat today. Yay! This was the first dish I made after the new thermostat was put in. Three cheers for non-burnt food!

6 comments:

Jessie said...

I came onto your site through a vegan food blog at livejournal, and I was curious if you would put up the recipe? I haven't found a kugel dish that I love yet, and I think this might be it! Please, would you?

Laura Faye said...

I am not sure about how Robin Robertson feels about having her published recipes posted on the web, but I'd be glad to type it up and email it to you. You can write me at BlwnNThWnd at yahoo dot com

Katie said...

Are sweet kugels usually vegan by default, provided that you don't use egg noodles? My one jewish friend has a small christmas party (yeah, I know) every year and i've been trying to think of party food to suggest without being that crazy vegan who has to have everything her way.

Also, about the cheddar biscuits, i've never had them but i've heard they're like crack. I suppose you could just use the FYH cheddar, but since that doesn't actually taste like cheddar, you'd probably be better off with just a good amount of nooch.

Laura Faye said...

I'm pretty sure that noodle kugel usually contains some sort of sweet cheese, such as ricotta. This one had silken tofu in it instead.

Nikki said...

This looks really yummy...

KleoPatra said...

My mom's noodle kugel has no dairy in it... just raisins and cinammon and other stuff. I don't care for it, but it's a huge hit with most of the other members of my family.