Lemon-Cheese Matzah Kugel with Raisins
Serves 6. During Passover, matzot replace the usual noodles in kugel (Yiddish for "pudding"). For a meatless Passover menu, this slightly sweet baked pudding enriched with cottage cheese and studded with nuts and raisins can play the role of either main course or dessert. Walnuts can be used, but pecans are sweeter. (From "Passover: The Springtime Holiday" by Faye Levy)
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Lemon-Cheese Matzah Kugel with Raisins Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 325 dF.
2. Soak whole matzot in cold water to cover until slightly softened but not mushy, about 1.5 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
3. Mix cottage cheese, eggs, salt, sugar, lemon juice, lemon rind, raisins, and walnuts.
4. Pour about 3 tablespoons melted butter into an 8-inch square baking dish or 2-quart cake pan. Set 1 whole matzah in pan, filling in any spaces with pieces from another matzah. Spread half the cheese mixture in pan. Cover with another layer of matzot. Spread remaining cheese mixture in pan. Top with a layer of matzot. Sprinkle remaining melted butter on top.
5. Bake for about 1 hour or until set and top is browned.
6. Serve hot or lukewarm. Cut in squares and serve with sour cream.
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