today i not only wore pants with an elastic waist – i was in my pajamas until about 1:30 when i loaded up the babe and ran to the grocery store to buy more milk, orange juice and flour – and this was after sending ABN to the store at 7:45 this morning with a long list. the holidays are upon us ya’ll – no we’re not prepping extra early for christmas – that’s not our scene. we’re talking the holy days and food prep is in full swing.
today was all about Nani’s Cheese Souffle (to bring to a holiday dinner tonight) and then a kuggel and my Grandma’s German Apple Cake for a lunch we are hosting tomorrow. tomorrow i’ll be serving bagels (and all the yumminess that goes with), mimosas (or just prosecco), and berries but the kuggel and cake take advance prep.
so, without further ado, below you will find the details on how to create everything you need for a delicious jewish simcha!
Nani’s Cheese Souffle:
- 6 eggs
- 1lb jack cheese
- 8oz cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup flour
- 4-6 drops Tobassco
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp baking powdered
- 6 Tb melted butter
start by beating the eggs, then cube the cheese (and just to be clear, a pound is about double what is pictured
the recipe actually says add “any other white cheese” that you have laying around, so i added some goat and some jarlsburg – which could be argued is more yellow than white but it seemed close enough
add all the ingredients to the bowl with eggs – i put in about three times as much tobassco (which, btw, is from avery island – good trivia fact!) as the recipe calls for to add a nice, but subtle kick
be sure to grease your casserole pan then cook at 350 for about an hour – if things start to get a bit too brown on top you can always cover it with foil – but the goal is for it to get super hot so that everything melts.
this is my absolute FAVORITE family recipe. we had it at every holiday when i was growing up and now, whenever my mom comes to visit she is sure to bake one to leave in our freezer. it’s great hot, at room temperature or right out the of the fridge – delish!
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 4 1/2 cups milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 pkg egg noodles
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 graham crackers – although i used corn flakes
start out by beating the cream cheese and butter, add the sugar and mix it more – then stick your finger in and take a lick – yum!
add the eggs and beat the mixture again
while all of this is going on, you’ve been boiling the water to cook the egg noodles, they cook mighty fast so be sure to watch them
once the noodles are cooked and drained, add the cheesey, eggy mixture and stir. this is when you can choose to add yellow raisins or nuts – personally, i enjoy it with raisins but we didn’t have any yellow ones, only black and that just didn’t seem right. top with either corn flakes or graham crackers or nothing (the top noodles will get crispy in the oven). cook at 350 for an hour and a quarter. this one is also good cold!
Grandma’s German Apple Cake
Pare 3 apples and cut into thin slices. Mix 5 Tb sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples and toss. Set aside.
mix 3 cups unsifted flour, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 eggs, 1 cup oil, 2 tsp vanilla and 1/3 cup orange juice – mixture will be runny – or at least, my mixture was runny (maybe this is foreshadowing)….blend together with mixture on low speed for one minute, then 3 minutes at medium speed. Add 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix for one minute more.
grease a 10″ tube pan (is this a tube pan? hmmmm) and fill with alternating layers of batter and sliced apples, beginning and ending with batter. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.
so i was super excited to make this cake because it is SO.GOOD. and apples, for rosh hashannah – clearly meant to be. but when i took it out of the oven i was concerned. and when i tried to pry it out of the pan i began to question some of my choices.
not quite the way grandma made it.
still, never a girl to be defeated i decided to turn it into German Apple Cake Bread-pudding! i won’t have final update until tomorrow but i’m thinking pretty sure it’s going to be amaze-balls!