Jerusalem Kugel: Noodle Custard Cake Recipe With Photos

Updated on May 30, 2019
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Jerusalem kugel served with sprigs of cilantro is not only beautiful, but it's delicious, too!
Jerusalem kugel served with sprigs of cilantro is not only beautiful, but it's delicious, too!

So, What Is Kugel?

Kuguel is an endlessly versatile dish that can be made sweet or savory. It can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even a between-meal snack.

This particular version of kugel is a custard-like cake whose components are oil, noodles, eggs, and sugar. It is a brilliantly simple and easily made dessert, which may also be served as a side dish or light lunch. Its applications and variations are limited only by your imagination. It is a recipe that is simple and "everyday" enough to be made regularly for your family . . . but it can get dressed up and turn out for guests, too.

If you keep chickens, it is a great Easter or springtime recipe, as it uses eggs in quantity. It is a joyful-looking dish, full of sunshine and even a bit of whimsy.

Unfortunately, this recipe is not one for busy days. It does not come together in 20 minutes and leave room while cooking for major chores or difficult homework. But it is easy to make, and once it's in the oven, it leaves ample time to go on about your life or attend to duties.

I have a family of four, including picky eaters with dietary restrictions. Still, this recipe makes a cake that rounds out our meals and provides snacks over the course of several days—so it is definitely worth the time. Enjoy!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 15 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 2 hours 5 min
Yields: Makes 12 medium-small wedges of "cake"

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light-flavored cooking oil (e.g., avocado or coconut, although regular vegetable oil is ok, too)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, granulated, or your choice of sweetener
  • 5 cups drinking water
  • 2 teaspoons salt, your choice of variety
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound noodles (vermicelli, angel hair, or spaghetti preferred)
  • 5 medium-sized eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. In a heavy, 4-quart pan or dutch oven, combine 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar begins to melt, and takes on a clumpy, shaggy appearance. Cook 5-8 minutes more, until sugar smooths and is fully melted. (Caramel and oil cannot mix.) Remove from heat and cool until caramel hardens in the pan.
  2. Add about 5 cups of water to caramel-and-oil mixture in the pan. Bring to a full boil. Add remaining 3/4 cup of sugar, salt, and pepper.Return to boiling, stirring to dissolve all sugar. Add noodles and cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes, until almost all water is absorbed and evaporated. Remove from heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat 5 eggs just until blended. Add a few hot noodles from pan to eggs, stirring to warm slightly. Slowly pour eggs into remaining noodles, stirring to coat. Pour into a 9- to 10-inch round baking pan or springform pan (grease if it is not nonstick). Smooth or arrange top so it is pleasing, and will bake evenly. (If you want to go all-out, arrange a few noodles at a time in a swirl or "hummingbird nests" pattern. But don't allow them to stick up too much, as they will get too browned before the center of the cake is quite done.)
  4. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden (cake will form a crust as it bakes). Cool slightly, then top with cilantro, parsley, or your choice of garnishes. Serve either warm or cool, for dessert or with additions, as an easy lunch or supper.

Fire Danger!

Never add water to hot oil, or it may splatter and cause a huge and instant grease fire. Always cool oil before adding water.

The Cake's Unmolded Appearance When Baked in a Springform Pan

This is what the cake looks like just after baking, while it is still hot and in the springform pan. It has shrunk while baking, and pulled away from the pan.
This is what the cake looks like just after baking, while it is still hot and in the springform pan. It has shrunk while baking, and pulled away from the pan.
Kugel's appearance when unmolded is a bit untidy, like a bird's nest, but this only adds to its springtime charm. The eggs and oil make a pleasantly crunchy crust.
Kugel's appearance when unmolded is a bit untidy, like a bird's nest, but this only adds to its springtime charm. The eggs and oil make a pleasantly crunchy crust.

Garnishes, Toppings, and Additions

 
 
 
Parsley
Peppers or chilies
Bacon
Cilantro
Favorite vegetables
Ham
Avocado
Favorite fruits
Sausage
The versatile flavor of this pasta-based dessert means that you can play with the concept, adding almost any flavors which appeal to you, either on top, or before baking.

Plain vs. Pretty (Simple vs. Cilantro)

Kugel may be served plain, and is enough to stand on its own.
Kugel may be served plain, and is enough to stand on its own.
But, like pasta and scrambled eggs, when you add greens, fruits, vegetables, or meats, these add greatly to the pleasure.
But, like pasta and scrambled eggs, when you add greens, fruits, vegetables, or meats, these add greatly to the pleasure.

Substitutions?

I've never made this cake with non-wheat types of noodles, but I imagine that buckwheat or rice would work well. If you experiment with gluten-free options, please let me know in the comments how that goes!

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    © 2019 Joilene Rasmussen

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