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Lemon Ricotta Noodle Kugel with Dried Cherries (Dairy)

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Lemon Ricotta Kugel with Dried Cherries

Lemon Ricotta Kugel with Dried Cherries

© 2013 Miri Rotkovitz

Most dairy noodle kugels are made with cottage cheese, but I prefer the lighter texture of ricotta -- the same cheese that makes Italian cheesecake so wonderful. If you can find them, Meyer lemons add a lovely, subtle citrus flavor to the custard, but regular lemons work nicely too.

This kugel makes a wonderful addition to a brunch buffet, and is a nice light lunch option alongside a salad. It's also wonderful with coffee or tea, so leftovers (if there are any!) make an ideal breakfast or afternoon treat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Resting time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce package wide egg noodles
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 16-ounce container sour cream, (scant 2 cups), preferably full fat
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese (about 1 3/4 cups), preferably whole milk or part-skim
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Zest and juice from 2 Meyer or regular lemons (about 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • Cinnamon, for sprinkling

Preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Butter a 9x13" glass or ceramic baking dish and set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the egg noodles and boil for 5-6 minutes. Drain the noodles, return them to the pot or a large bowl, and toss with the melted butter.

3. In another large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, ricotta, eggs, lemon zest and juice, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the noodles, then fold in the dried cherries and raisins.

4. Pour the noodle mixture into the prepared pan, and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the top of the kugel with cinnamon. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the custard is set and the top is lightly browned. Remove the kugel from the oven and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Leftover kugel may be stored, well covered, in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Bring the kugel to room temperature, or, better yet, warm in the oven before serving.

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