Kugel (Jewish Noodle Pudding)

4 oz wide noodles (1/2 of 8 oz box) 1 pkg cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup butter

2 cup sour cream 1 cup sugar (slightly heaping) 2 tsp vanilla 8 eggs

2 tart apples, pared & grated 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup apricot preserves, melted

Optional: 4 red candied cherries, halved

Cook noodles; drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly butter 2 quart glass baking dish. (Use long glass baking dish.)In large bowl combine cheese, butter, sour cream and sugar; mix well.Add beaten eggs, grated apple and vanilla. Blend. Stir in raisins and noodles. Pour into baking dish. Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Brush with apricot preserves. Add cherries.

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