Learn To Make This Outstanding Pineapple Kugel For Passover!
I adapted this recipe from a recipe I got from my friend Ellen Wachstein. Ellen is an amazing person and a wonderful friend! I have so many memories of the happy times my family spent over the years with Ellen, her husband Bobby, and her three great children, Toby, Steven, and Alexa. My favorite memories are of the many days our two families spent together at the Phillips Avenue Beach Pavilion in Deal, New Jersey, or of the many times our two families just hung out together at their house or our house. Anyway, my family was lucky to be invited over to the Wachstein’s for a Passover Seder one year. Bobby Wachstein does a fabulous job of leading the Seder! Of course, I was very into the food. One of the dishes Ellen made for the Seder was her Passover pineapple kugel. I loved it. I got the recipe and I make it every year for Passover. Whenever I am invited to anyone’s home for a Seder, I always bring this dish, and it gets rave reviews. I know if you make this pineapple kugel for Passover once, it will become a favorite of yours, too!
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) Fleischmann’s unsalted margarine (use unsalted margarine to make this dish pareve, otherwise you can use salted margarine or butter) (used margarine for Passover 2014)(used butter Passover 2015)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (you only need salt if you are using unsalted butter or margarine)
- scant 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2- 20 ounce cans crushed pineapple in natural juice, strained but not dry at all (you will not be using the juice)
- 6 extra large eggs, mixed in a small bowl (switch to 7 ex. lg. next time– to give a little more liquid)
- 4 cups of dry matza farfel (used whole canister April 2014) This year, I used 14 oz. of matza that I broke into pieces myself when I couldn’t find farfel)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling on top (also sprinkled cinn. and sugar on top April 2014) I used 2 1/2 teaspoons 2015 and sprinkled top too
to make the kugel:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the margarine into a 9 x 13 baking dish, rectangular or oval, and place in the oven. When it is melted take out the pan, swirl the margarine around in the pan to make sure that the sides and bottom are well greased. Pour the melted margarine into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Place a colander in the sink. Put the whole canister (14 oz.) of matza farfel in the colander. Run warm water over the matza farfel. When the matza farfel starts to soften, turn the water off. The pieces of farfel should be soft, but not mushy. This is the tricky part. Because if you have let too much water soak into the matza farfel, it will turn into one glob of mush, and you will have to throw it away and start all over. Hold the colander with both hands and shake the excess water out, the way you would if you were draining pasta. Dump the matza farfel into the large mixing bowl with the melted margarine. Mix the farfel gently with the melted margarine using a rubber spatula. Pour the sugar and the drained pineapple into the mixing bowl and mix gently with the rubber spatula. Pour the beaten eggs in, and mix gently to incorporate well. Add the cinnamon, and mix in.
Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with additional cinnamon. The cinnamon on the top is what is going to make the kugel look pretty, so be generous. Bake about 60 – 65 minutes until kugel is browned on the sides and the bottom. Serve.
Hint #1: You can bake this in advance, then cut up into 24 pieces, place in heavy duty aluminum foil, and then heat up later either in the microwave (If you are heating this up in the microwave, take it out of the aluminum foil, and place it on a microwave safe plate).
Hint #2: I like to bake this in a clear glass baking dish so I can see if the sides and the bottom are browning. If you bake this in a ceramic baking dish, it will be harder for you to know if the kugel is done.