I’m exhausted right now. Want to know why? Here’s a partial list: Doughless potato knishes, cabbage kugel, chocolate chip cookies, crispy shallot breaded chicken, marinated almond crusted chicken, butternut squash kugel, and of course, apple kugel. All for passover. All made after I got home from work the last two nights. I am a little breathless thinking about the multitudes of food I still need to cook, but I had to stop and post my apple kugel recipe.
I searched and searched every corner of the internet for a proper Apple Crumb Kugel for Passover, and came up empty. I am sure one exists, but I couldn’t find it. And so I set out to make up my own recipe. I am not simply happy with this recipe, I am thrilled. It’s delicious, and has an amazing texture you don’t often find in Passover food.
I’m going to stop my exhausted rambling now, and post the recipe. I’d love to sit and shmooze, but I have food in the oven and eyelids to prop open. I hope you make this super easy kugel. And I hope you love it, just like I do.
Passover Apple Crumb Kugel:
3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups crushed lady fingers
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder, optional but recommended
1/2 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.
To prepare filling: Place thinly sliced apples in a bowl, toss with lemon juice (immediately to prevent browning) and sugar. Set aside.
To prepare crumbs: Mix together the lady finger crumbs, ground almonds, sugar and baking powder (if using) in a large bowl. Add the egg and oil and stir with your fingers until coarse crumbs are formed.
Place a little less than half of the crumbs on the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spread the apple filling evenly over the crumbs. Pour remaining crumbs over the apples, spread in an even layer to ensure all apples are covered.
Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, until golden brown on the top.
Note: the kugel was very thin when made as directed above. Next time I make it (there will definitely be a next time!) I will probably try baking it in a 10 inch round pan to make a slightly higher kugel.
This will probably be my last post before Passover starts, so a happy Passover (and a chag Kosher v’sameach) too all my Jewish friends and readers! I do hope to post another recipe (or two!) early next week, so stay tuned for some more Passover ideas. As always, thanks for coming by! -Miriam