My hubby says this is the best kugel ever--high praise as he normally won't touch kugel. Lovely!:) Enjoy!! Update: I've sort of doubled this recipe (used a 4.8 qt. or #234 Pyrex pan (15 x 10 x 3 inches), still used same # of eggs, noodles, sugar, raisins, and cottage cheese but dbld. the cream cheese and vanilla; as a variation replaced the applesauce with sour cream plus I threw in about 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese. Great!! By the way the topping is optional and then no need to cover pan while baking just check often to make sure top does not burn. To serve cut the kugel into small squares and enjoy either warm, cold or at room temperature. Note: The nutmeg and cinnamon are to taste (I use half a pinch of nutmeg and/or about one teaspoon of cinnamon).