Sunday, 29 November 2009

Polly wants Fresh Pasta

So here's a recipe with video demonstrations. I found our old pasta machine a few months back. It had been sitting in Stephanie's flat, accumulating dust and rust, so I brought it back to HK, cleaned it up and put it back to work.

Making Fresh Pasta:

2 cups unbleached flour
3 eggs

Pour the flour onto a working surface, shape it into a mound and make a well in the middle.

Crack 3 eggs into the well, then whisk eggs for 2 minutes to mix well.

As you stir, slowly incorporate the flour, shaving off flour from the side of the well, until it's come together into a dough.

Once your dough forms, stick your finger into it. If your finger comes in wet, you need to knead your dough.

To knead dough, flour work surface and your hands. Press the bottom of your palm into the dough, then fold the dough over and turn 90 degrees clockwise. Repeat, folding and turning 90 degree each time before kneading. After about 10 minutes, the dough will come together. Use finger test to make sure the dough isn't sticky.
Let the dough sit for an hour.

Once you're reading to roll it out, slice it into 4 pieces. Take one piece, flatten it, fold it in 3 and feed through the machine at it's widest dial. Once it comes out, fold it in 3 and turn it 90 degree before feeding it back into the machine. Repeat 2 or 3 more times, folding and turning each time until it is smooth and doesn't have holes.

Turn the dial to the next , and repeat steps until you've finished feeding the dough several times through every dial. You will have wide, gossamer sheets.
Dry sheets on clean towels till its dry enough that it won't stick together. Then cut into whatever shapes or types of pasta you want to serve that meal.

1 comment:

  1. I'll be making that Osso Bucco Gnocchi tonight..that looks/sounds fantastic! Well done sir. I 'll let you know how it tastes shortly