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Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This sweet & savoury bread pudding has sautéed onions, pears, prunes, and a compote on top and it's absolutely delicious and very easy to make. The recipe is from Joan Nathan's fabulous new cookbook, “Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France”. Note: You can make this kugel using only prunes or plums in place of the pears, and use them in the sauce as well.
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 lbs ripe bosc pears (4 cups)
- 2 small onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice (about 1/2 pound)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 loaf white bread (about 7 ounces)
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter or 6 tablespoons parve margarine, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups pitted prunes
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 lemon, juice of
- Preheat oven to 350 F, and grease a 9-inch springform pan with 2 Tbs. of the oil. Peel pears and cut all but one of them into 1-inch cubes.
- Heat remaining 3 Tbs. of the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Lightly sauté onions until they are translucent. Remove from heat, salt lightly and allow them to cool slightly.
- Soak bread for a few seconds in lukewarm water, and squeeze dry. Put in large bowl and, using wooden spoon or spatula, mix with 1⁄4 cup of the sugar and the butter or parve margarine. Stir in eggs, onions and half of the diced pears, setting aside remaining pears for the sauce.
- Pour batter into the springform pan, and bake for 1 1⁄2 to 1 3⁄4 hours.
- While the kugel is cooking, make the sauce. In a heavy saucepan set over medium-high heat, put 1 cup water, the remaining 1⁄2 cup sugar, the prunes, cinnamon, lemon juice and the remaining diced pears. Cook this compote mixture uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Finely grate the reserved whole pear and stir it into the cooked compote.
- When the kugel is done, remove from oven and set on a rack to cool for about 20 minutes. Unmold from the pan onto a serving platter, and spoon half of the compote over it. Serve the remaining compote on the side.