Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.
My father's family used to serve my Aunt Glady's special noodle kugel for all the big family get togethers. But this combination of noodles, crushed pineapple, butter and sour cream was a diet disaster. As soon as my mom married my dad, they began hosting the Passover Seder and Glady's kugel was a thing of the past.
This apple matzoh pudding was my mom's replacement - far healthier and just as tasty and as my mom says, good enough to eat all year around.
Apple Matzoh Pudding
4 whole matzoh (soak in warm water before crumbling)
3 chopped and peeled apples (Macintosh or other firm, not Delicious)
4 eggs - beaten well
1 tsp freshly graded orange rind
juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
2 T softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 + tsp cinnamon
Mix all of the ingredients together.
Pour ingredients into greased casserole dish with high sides.
Toss a bit of extra sugar, cinnamon and crumbled butter on top if you wish.
Cook at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Melissa Winter is Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady.