Cinnamon Raisin Kugel is a favorite dessert at Hanukkah celebrations!
Welcome back to our Culinary Journey Around the World. . . I though it’d be festive for the month of December to experience different holiday and religious celebrations that take place around the world. Of course, enjoying traditional recipes that are part of those celebrations. . . we also enjoyed Danish Butter Cookies and experienced Denmark Holiday Traditions too!
I fell in love with Kugel last year when I made it to take to a Hanukkah celebration, it was my first time to make it and it reminded me a lot of bread pudding but with noodles. I’ve even used gluten free noodles from Trader Joes and it turns amazing that way too 🙂
Let take a look at some of the traditions of a Hanukkah Festival. . .
Hanukkah also (spelled Chanukah) customs include eating foods fried in oil — latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts); playing with the dreidel (a spinning top on which are inscribed the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin, an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there”); and the giving of Chanukah gelt, gifts of money, to children.
There’s quiet an in depth story that tells of the miracle of the Menorah but a very simple version of it is it burnt for eight days on only enough oil to last for one day. Because of the great significance of oil in the story of the Hanukkah miracle, it is traditional to serve foods cooked in oil. Among the most popular Hanukkah dishes are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot(doughnuts).
It is also customary to eat dairy foods on Hanukkah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit,A member of the Hasmonean family, who ingeniously planned and executed the assassination of the Syrian-Greek General Holofernes, ending the siege on the city of Bethulia and saving its residents from starvation.
The festival of Hanukkah includes the lighting of a menorah- lights are lit in the evenings preceding each of the eight days of Chanukah, beginning with Saturday night, December 24, 2016, after nightfall. The seven-branched menorah is a traditional symbol of Judaism, along with the Star of David.
Did you know that we have a National Menorah is a large hanukkah menorah located in the northeast quadrant of The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. It was first lit in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, and has been erected and lit every year since. The Menorah has grown in size as well, and is now 30 feet (9.1 m) high.
Cinnamon Raisin Kugel is a delightful noodle custard dish that’s a festive addition during the holidays!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Much Love and Peace~
- 1 (16 ounce) bag wide egg noodles
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
- 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup mixed golden raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Coat 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
- Bring a stock pot of salted water to boil.
- Cook egg noodles 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite; drain.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk eggs, milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, ⅔ cup sugar, butter, vanilla, and sea salt.
- Stir egg noodles into cottage cheese mixture, then pour into prepared baking dish.
- In a separate bowl combine ⅓ cup white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle mixture on top noodle kugel.
- Bake until sauce is bubbly and noodles are golden, about 1 hour.
- Allow pan of kugel to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of cinnamon.