Monday, September 21, 2009

Pasta from Scratch

Basic Pasta Recipe

2 C All purpose flour
4 Eggs
Chilled Water

Mound flour on a work suface or in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center
Break eggs into well and whisk with fork incorporating flour as you whisk
You may need to add chilled water a few drops at a time to make a loosely massed dough
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, It should be soft pliable and dry to touch
Knead dough for 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
Cover with towel and let sit for 30 minutes

Roll out dough
Divide into 4 managable portions
Working one portion at a time. and keeping the rest covered
Flatten dough on floured surface
roll out from center toward edges till 1/4 inch thick then fold in half and roll out again
Do this 5 or six times to achieve a smooth circle of pasta then roll to about 1/8 inch thick sheet.
if pasta is to be filled keep it covered with a lightly floured dish towel and don't let it dry out.
If sheets are to be cut to lengths or shapes, leave uncovered while you work the other portions of the dough,
If using pasta maching work dough through rollers making the setting smaller till desired thickness is reached

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