Sunday, June 05, 2005

Homemade Pasta Dough

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Homemade Pasta Dough

I use Jamie Oliver's recipe for homemade pasta dough, but since I can't remember which book it's in, I generally just wing it. Here's how I made it last night:

1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups bread flour (about 8-10 oz. for those of us who weigh things)
3 large (organic) eggs
semolina flour for dusting

Throw it all in the food processor and process until it adheres and forms one or two balls (add more flour if it's too sticky; dribble in a little water if it fails to come together). Knead on a floured board for a minute or two until the dough is silky and somewhat elastic (it'll still be rather stiffish). Wrap in plastic and rest in the refrigerator for an hour. Remove, divide in two and return the unused portion, wrapped back in the plastic, to the refrigerator.

Now for the fun part. Flatten the dough with your hands and run through the lowest setting of your pasta machine. Fold the two ends into the center and run it through again. Repeat. Move up to #2 setting and run through twice. Then, run the dough through each of the settings--taking care to dust generously with semolina--until you get to the second to last one. Cut your enormously long pasta noodle in half, and again, dust very generously with semolina. Attach your pasta cutter to the other side of the machine, and carefully roll the dough strip through, separating each of the strands. Hang on dowels or, like me, the back of a chair. Repeat with the other dough strip and then repeat the entire process with the other ball of dough taking it easy in the fridge. You should have enough for two adults and two children. You can either use the pasta right away (it should only take a minute or two to cook up in boiling, salted water [use a tablespoon or two of salt]) or leave it to dry, about three hours (now the pasta will take about five minutes to cook).

4 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

I believe there is a rendition of this recipe (or perhaps this exact one) in Jamie's Kitchen: A Cooking Course for Everyone (Hyperion - October, 2003). It is probably also in one of his first three books, but I haven't noticed it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Brandon said...

Thanks!

Thursday, June 23, 2005  
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