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Rice Kugel, Caramel Pecan (P, TNT)
Source: Classic Kosher Cooking
Yield: 1 9"x13" kugel

1/4 cup melted margarine
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups cooked rice
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups hot water or non-dairy creamer
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Melt margarine in a 9"x13" baking dish. Spread pecans evenly on the margarine. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Combine all remaining ingredients and pour on top of the sugared pecans. Bake in a 350°F oven for one hour.

Poster's Notes:
Paula Miller Jacobson says: I was making the Caramel Pecan Rice Kugel for the first time and when I ladled the egg-rice mixture over the praline type bottom, the nuts and sugar all started floating up to the top. I was sure that wasn't supposed to happen so I planned to run up to the computer to ask you all for suggestions while that one baked. I had put it into a disposable aluminum pan and I am 4'10" tall so while I was putting it into the upper oven, the pan gave way and I had the entire mess all over me, the dogs, the rug, the floor, every nook and cranny in my kitchen!

The good news is that I had the chance to try again. And this time, I put the rice in the pan on top of the praline mix and then ladled in the rest. The rice helped to keep the other ingredients in place.

Judith Trachtman says: I loved it.... as did as many of the guests at our roof-top party as had gotten a piece. It is definitely a keeper in my book. It is not, however, like a sticky bun with a caramel and nut top, but more like the rice gets flavored and there is a sweet crusty top with the nuts.

Several of our posters asked how the final kugel is supposed to look like, to which Deena Abraham, the original poster, answers: It is, mainly, a rice kugel. How it differs from any other rice kugel is that the brown sugar layer (which is thin) and the pecans rise to the top and form a sweet top. Only once in the many times that I have made it, did the pecans not rise to the top. That should not happen. They start at the bottom, but should end up at the top.

Posted by Deena Abraham

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A