Every year the first hints of Spring bring along the beginning of Passover preparation.
It’s the period we start cleaning the house to make sure there isn’t the smallest trace of leavened food left, but above all, it’s a couple of weeks during which every Jewish woman spends an unreasonable amount of time planning the dinners she is going to host with family and friends, in a frantic and desperate search for recipes – above all desserts – that are… let’s say at a minimum plain edible, and at the same time respect the rules of Passover.
The recipe I am sharing today is one of the simplest and tastiest Passover treats I’ve tried in recent years: it is a kugel, made of matzo and apples, which I learned from the Monday Morning Cooking Club. Most people (including myself) hate eating matzo for the 8 days of Passover, but in this recipe, matzo is unexpectedly very tempting and yummy: give it a go and let me know if you like it!
This recipe can be made gluten-free if you buy gluten-free matzo, available in most big supermarkets and Kosher shops around Passover.
Matzo and apple kugel
- 3 sheets matzo matzoh, matza
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup sultanas golden raisins
- 4 apples peeled and grated
- 115 grams butter or margarine melted
- 1/4 cup caster sugar for sprinkling
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 180℃ and grease a 20 cm square ovenproof dish.
- Break the matzo into rough 3 cm square pieces, place in a bowl, cover with water for a minute, then drain and squeeze out any excess water.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt until well mixed.
- Fold in into your batter also sultanas, apples, and drained matzo.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish and drizzle the melted butter on top, then sprinkle with the extra sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
In the pictures above you can see our kugel served with a runny pastry cream I made to go with it, but you can also serve it plain or with whipped cream.