Fresh pasta always includes egg, I don't know if there's some kind of science laying behind, or just a tradition. If you have any clue, please let me know :D
1st Recipe: Basic Pasta Dough (yield 6 servings for the main course)
- 3 cups durum wheat flour (= fine semolina flour)*
- 1 cup bread/ unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- +/- 1 1/4 cup water
Combine the above ingredients, knead until it smooth. Rest dough for 1 hour at room temperature before rolling and shaping. Or you can keep it in fridge for 1 day. Please refer egg pasta's direction in the below for making pasta from pasta machine.
2nd Recipe: Basic egg pasta (yield 4 servings for the main course)
- 2 1/2 cups durum wheat flour/ all-purposed flour/ or mix *
- 4 eggs
- a pinch of salt
- a few dashes of milk as needed
Directions (note: always give your dough some rest between rolling)
- Well combine flour, egg and salt, the dough should be soft but not stick. Knead until it smooth. Wrap, rest for 1 hour in room temperature.
- Divide the dough into 4 portions. Always cover on those you aren't working on. Slightly dust the work table with flour, start from the small dough #1, use a rolling pin to roll it slightly flatten toward a rectangle shape, get the width as close to your pasta machine's as possible. Cover. Work on #2, and so on. You may repeat the same procedure again, starting from #1 if your dough didn't spread well enough. The idea of working in such sequence is to give each of dough a good rest (if the gluten in your dough too tense, it refuses to spread)
- Set your machine with the widest setting, start from dough #1, go through, cover, continue #2 and so on. Then proceed to next setting, the procedure the same, until you get your desired thickness.
- If I'm going to use noodle cutter, I like to hang the flat sheet dry for 3 minutes, this way the noodles will come out more easier. The egg pasta freezes well.
* The best way to learn the difference between durum wheat flour and all-purpose flour is to make dough from them respectively; to see, feel and taste the difference. In general, the former yields a firmer texture with a pronounced bite while the latter more tender and delicate. Feel free to experiment and accomplish versatility in the kitchen.
My dad who makes lots of homemade pasta swears by durum wheat flour. Thanks for the clear and user-easy recipe and instructions. If you say it's good, then I'm printing it up right now. :)
Pasta looks good and I love the machine too.I don't make Pasta at home but love to eat it!:))
Semolina or Rava as we call it is a staple Indian grain we keep at every Indian home.There are two kinds we get,one is coarse and another fine to use in different dishes.We make Upma,add to Bhaturas and Pooris,Chirotis etc.It's not expensive if you buy it Indian stores.Flour made of Durum wheat is little harder to make Chapatis as I found out.
With your help I'll be making better pasta in no time!
I've been making my own pasta for awhile, but I have yet to use Durum flour and am quite happy with the results. However I will make the effor to try it thanks to you! ( I have also never used milk in my pasta.)
Though I don't make pasta at home, thanks for all this nice info
Also didn't know what Durum is though have seen it on the pasta boxes
Susan, oh you sweetie! You dad must be a great cook! My dad cooks delicious meat, but some of the meat he bought/caught you and me don't want to know, kekee.
Judith, thanks for your input =)
Asha, I like to see all the info you told me, thanks my friend! If one day if I have a chance to come down your area, I'll dream to visit your kitchen and see you wipe up that wonderful dishes!!!
Brilynn, c'mon babe, your pasta is already gorgeous!
Keterina, I have made pasta from typical flour, the result is also nice, although I still prefer the one from durum flour.
Sandeepa, home-made egg pasta is divine. But I see dry pasta as you mentioned is absolutely excellent!
Gattina, You read my mind! I am thinking making some pasta/noodles before the new semester starts! This post is excellent, thank you!
One question, a lot of cookbook mentions the use of 00 flour (which I can buy in my area easily). How is that different from durum wheat flour? TIA! *hug*
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and the great instructions along with it.
Every time I come here I find a wonderful surprise - your pasta looks so amazing I feel like making pasta again! :)
I found the Italian 00 flour here in a store (São Paulo) and can't wait to try it.
Tks for being such an inspiration, my dear friend. :)
Kristen, my pleasure! :D :D
Anh, farina (means flour in Italian) 00 refers to all-purpose white flour. There's also farina 0, ideal for bread. I compared it with our local flour, there's not much difference in color and flavor.
Back to pasta :D I have used farina 00 and bread flour, the latter yields a slightly better texture. Durum wheat works the best for me, better yellow color, better flavor and firmer texture. But don't get me wrong, the other fours are still very decent :D
You plan to make it by hand or by machine? There was a "wave" at KC sometime back, everyone making noodles :D
Patricia, same as me, I come to your blog and everytime I have to prepare myself some napkins :D I used to use farina 00 (but forgot which brand) a lot as that time I baked cakes often. But now I don't eat much cake, you know, summer is coming :)
Wow! This looks SO simple, and I can tell it is nutritious and delicious! I am tempted to try it out myself. I've never been brave enough to try Italian pasta making (although I've made soba by hand). Thanks for participating in WHB!
Eggs are used in most foods to hold things together, especially if it has to be pliable enough to work with. If you look at the ingredients for most dried pasta, they'll have some kind of protein that I suspect is used in the same way.
Eggs aside, your blog looks delicious, and I'm working my way through all the old recipes finding inspiration.
My mother used to make homemade noodles, always with eggs, but no idea why the egg. She usually served them in chicken soup, one of our favorite dishes as kids.
I got a pasta roller for a present. I can't wait to try this recipe!
you're really a great cook
Raffaele from Italy
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