Sweet and Peppery Jerusalem Kugel (Kugel Yerushalmi)

In the 1700s thousands of Hasidic Jews moved to Jerusalem, bringing with them this uniquely sweet and peppery Shabbat treat.


Ingredients (Serves 8)

1 (12 oz.) package thin egg noodles

1 cup sugar

⅓ cup oil

4 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper (or more if you like pepper)


*In the video, in step 4, we transferred the ingredients to a separate bowl. Using this method, we add the noodles straight into the caramel. They both work, but this is much easier.

1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.

2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to the instructions on the package. Strain and set aside.

3. Add the sugar and oil to a large pot on low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and a deep golden-brown color, but not burnt.

4. Turn off the heat and add the noodles into the pot of sugar. Immediately stir with a big spoon until the noodles are coated in the caramel. It’s okay if the sugar hardens in some spots – it will melt in the oven.

5. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes. Mix in the eggs, salt and pepper. We allow it to cool, so the eggs don’t cook right away.

6. Scoop the mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake for 1 hour.