Bread Kugel




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Intro: Bread Kugel

Kugel is an Eastern European casserole. We grew up with a a noodle version. It's also popular with potato. I've never heard of Kugel being made with bread.

Love Bread Pudding? This dish is a bread pudding where ricotta is substituted for the sugar.
---here's my bread pudding

Simple Dish. Yes! Next step shows ingredients...

Step 1: Ingredients

For a 9" x 9" baking pan here's what I used:

  • Eggs (6)
  • Milk (1/2c)
  • Bread (1/2 loaf) - old bread is perfect. Figure enough bread cubed to come to the top of the pan
  • Ricotta (15 oz) - that's one small container
  • Spices - pinch of basil, white pepper, black pepper, taco seasoning, salt. Flavor as though you are seasoning any egg dish.

---yes, I regularly use taco seasoning. It's a mix of chili , cumin, garlic, onion, paprika... basically all good things

Step 2: Egg Mix

Here I use a stand mixer. Not necessary but useful. If not a mixer I would reach for a fork or whisk.

  1. Eggs - mix all six eggs on low
  2. Milk - add half cup on low
  3. Ricotta - add on low
  4. Spices/Salt - off or low
  5. Higher Speed - once all are incorporated whisk thoroughly at medium speed to incorporate air

Step 3: Mix in Pan

In a greased baking pan add your mix. I allow the mix to soak into the bread as the oven preheats to 350 deg.

Step 4: Bake + Serve

Baking Instructions. Place the dish in the oven at 350 deg. Immediately turn down to 300. Allow to bake for 45-60min or until top starts to brown (as you would a quiche). I finished the bake with high broil for 2-3 min.

Serve. Allow to settle a few min. Allow more time if you want pieces to hold their shape.

Enjoy! Hope you found this useful and an easy way to use ingredients that may be coming near their expiration.

Thanks for reading! Jeff

Check out my adaptation of Chef Paul's Bread Pudding



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    2 Discussions


    Question 16 days ago

    Would love to make enough for a 9 x 13 pan, recommendations for recipie adjustments?


    1 more answer

    Reply 14 days ago

    Too easy! scale up by 1.5x or adding an extra 1/2 of the ingredients. Fill pan with bread as noted.

    --We love this one. I was also added leftovers to chili!