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Lokshen Pudding

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Introduction

Some people might not be convinced by the idea of a pasta pudding: but just remember how fabulously comforting rice pudding is and try not to be alarmed. You must try it. There's no one I've made it for so far who hasn't loved it.

The recipe comes from Ellen Fishman in San Francisco - I demanded it - and is her Grandma Judy's. In keeping with the spirit of things, I have kept the vast quantities. Besides, I love it cold and so do my children, wrapped up to take to school for their break. But I know in my heart than even half-quantities make more than enough - and I mean more than enough - for six. Either way, this is the ultimate carb-feast. If you do want to go for the relatively streamlined approach, halve the ingredients and cook in a 25cm / approx. 10 in square tin about 5cm / 2 in deep, and check after 45-50 minutes.

Some people might not be convinced by the idea of a pasta pudding: but just remember how fabulously comforting rice pudding is and try not to be alarmed. You must try it. There's no one I've made it for so far who hasn't loved it.

The recipe comes from Ellen Fishman in San Francisco - I demanded it - and is her Grandma Judy's. In keeping with the spirit of things, I have kept the vast quantities. Besides, I love it cold and so do my children, wrapped up to take to school for their break. But I know in my heart than even half-quantities make more than enough - and I mean more than enough - for six. Either way, this is the ultimate carb-feast. If you do want to go for the relatively streamlined approach, halve the ingredients and cook in a 25cm / approx. 10 in square tin about 5cm / 2 in deep, and check after 45-50 minutes.

Lokshen Pudding
Photo by James Merrell

Ingredients

Serves: 6-8

Metric Cups
  • 500 grams fine noodles (vermicelli or angels' hair pasta)
  • 200 grams melted unsalted butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • 400 grams caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 kilogram cottage cheese
  • 1 pound fine noodles (vermicelli or angels' hair pasta)
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 cups cottage cheese

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF.
  2. Cook the noodles and set aside. I try and get the proper lokshen for this, which are shorter strands of very, very fine noodles. Melt the butter and let it cool slightly. Beat the eggs.
  3. Combine the warm or cooled, but not hot, melted butter with the sugar, vanilla, eggs, salt and cottage cheese. Add the noodles and mix well. Put in a pan of approximately 23 x 32cm (3½ litre capacity) / 9 x 13 inches (14 cup capacity) and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes until the top is just golden where the buttery threads of pasta have caught in the heat.
  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF.
  2. Cook the noodles and set aside. I try and get the proper lokshen for this, which are shorter strands of very, very fine noodles. Melt the butter and let it cool slightly. Beat the eggs.
  3. Combine the warm or cooled, but not hot, melted butter with the sugar, vanilla, eggs, salt and cottage cheese. Add the noodles and mix well. Put in a pan of approximately 23 x 32cm (3½ litre capacity) / 9 x 13 inches (14 cup capacity) and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes until the top is just golden where the buttery threads of pasta have caught in the heat.

Additional Information

For vegetarians make sure that the cottage cheese is suitable for vegetarians.

For vegetarians make sure that the cottage cheese is suitable for vegetarians.

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What 3 Others have said

  • Just wanted to say that my recipe is from my Polish grandmother. We always add cinnamon, sultanas & raisins. For a special occasion you can add walnuts & chopped apple.

    Posted by shazani on 3rd September 2015
  • I quartered the recipe and it was still plenty for two people. I will use less sugar next time as it was a little too sweet for me (and I do have a sweet tooth). I used 100 g sugar, next time probably just 60 g.

    Posted by Tippi123 on 10th March 2015
  • our family recipe is from a traditional Jewish family, its still one of my favorites, given to me by my Mum. 8 nests of angel hair pasta, 2 oz butter 2 eggs, 2 oz sultanas, 2 oz brown sugar, cook the pasta and drain, then mix into the pasta the other ingredients, place in ovenware dish, sprinkle a little more sugar on top, and bake 180C for 20 mins, its fab, hot, warm or cold, enjoy Hazelx

    Posted by hazelb on 6th November 2012
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