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Spaetzle (little sparrow)

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp freshly rendered lard or oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Dried dillweed
  • 4 quarts water
  • Using an electric mixer, blend the eggs, lard or oil, water and milk. Stir the flour together with 1/2 tsp of the salt and the baking powder in a dry bowl. Blend this mixture into the liquid. Mix well and set aside for a moment.

    Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tsp of salt. Using a spaetzle maker or spaetzle press squeeze the dough into the boiling water. Use about 1/3 of the dough for each batch. When the dumplings float to the surface, they are done. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place in a colander. They can be served with way with paprika gravy or pan fried with a little butter, just until they are a bit golden, and topped with parsley.

    Note: These dumplings can also be made by using piping bag or dropping very small amounts from a spoon. The latter takes much longer.


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