Sunday, January 30, 2011

What Can You Do with 3 Eggs and a Couple Cups of Flour?

Make noodles, of course. Noodles are easy to make, take only a few minutes and few ingredients. You can make them today, dry them and store for future use. You can cut the dough into squares and add filling to make your own ravioli. You can add well-drained spinach to make green noodles, or some herb seasonings for unique flavors. You can use whole wheat flour or other flours too. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your pantry.

Here is the basic recipe from my old Meta Givens cookbook. I tripled it today.

3/4 cup  plus 2 TBSPall-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 large egg

Beat the egg well. Sift the flour the salt and baking powder, then add the flour mixture gradually to the beaten egg. I used my KitchenAid mixer--the mixture gets pretty stiff so the KitchenAid was a great help.

 You might want to knead the dough a little after it's mixed to get all the flour mixed in well. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board. You want to roll it out as thin as possible (unless you like thick noodles, of course).

Roll the dough up tightly into a long tube.

Slice into rounds, 

then unroll and hang up to dry. I use my clothes drying rack which works perfectly. 

When the noodles are dry, store them in a jar with a cloth cover or a lid with small holes punched for ventilation. Cook your noodles as you would cook the store-bought ones.

Today was the first time I've made noodles in a long, long time, and I am wondering what took me so long to get back to doing this. Now, I wish I knew how to make elbow macaroni or ziti or penne!


Mama-Bug said...

That's really neat! I've never tried to make noodles before. Looks like something else I'm going to attempt some time soon.

Granny Sue said...

I cooked some of them tonight, Mamabug, in turkey noodle soup. They were delicious. I should add though that the cooking time is longer than store noodles.

Witch of Stitches said...

You make it look very simple. I think I'll give it a try.
Thank you.

Granny Sue said...

It really is simple, WofS. The hardest part is mixing it up because the dough is very stiff.


Granny Sue -- Wish I could cook like you. I had a friend years ago that knew how to make spaghetti noodles. They were delicious. -- barbara

Country Whispers said...

It's been a long time since I've made any homemade noodles. I always cut mine laying flat with a pizza cutter.
I never thought about rolling the dough up before cutting it!

Granny Sue said...

Barbara, I'd say I'm a country cook--I do simple things pretty well :) These noodles are honestly so easy, anyone could make them. I can't inagine making spaghetti noodles though. I wonder if she had a pasta machine to do that?

Granny Sue said...

Jessica, I never thought about a pizza cutter, so we're even ;)

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