My kids' school is holiday-happy. They celebrate just about everything. I believe in the separation of church and state, but I like their inclusive approach. The children learn about Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Diwali (the Indian "festival of lights"), Nowruz (the Persian new year), Chinese new year. If there's a holiday, they find a lesson in it.
A few years ago I helped with the Passover celebration in my younger son's classroom. I normally make savory matzoh kugels for our Passover seder, but I thought the kids might prefer something sweet. Now I make this apple matzoh kugel every year. It's light and fluffy, somehow, even with the matzoh. I like the apples thinly sliced, as in the photo above, but you can grate them if you want the kugel to have a more uniform texture.
Passover dessert: Matzoh kugel with apples (pareve)
An excellent substitute for apple pie during the Passover holiday. Slice the apples thinly for a rustic presentation, or grate them for a more uniform texture.
- 6 sheets unsalted matzoh
- 3 large or 4 small Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp grapeseed or canola oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a medium-sized casserole dish with cooking spray (a 9x13 pan works fine).Place a colander inside a large bowl. Put the matzoh into the colander, breaking it into small pieces. Run hot water over the matzoh and let it sit 5 minutes. Lift the colander out of the bowl and press the matzoh down hard to squeeze out the excess water.Pour the water out of the large bowl. Break the eggs into the bowl and beat them with a fork. Add the sugar, cinnamon, oil, salt and matzoh. Stir to combine.Slice the apples thinly (or grate them if you prefer). Add the apples to the matzoh mixture and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and slide the baking dish into the oven.Bake the kugel about 50 minutes, until it is set and golden brown on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings