Spaetzle Maker

3 eggs 3 cups flour 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Beat eggs until foamy and then combine with milk.  Mix together flour and salt.  Add to eggs and milk a little at a time.  The dough will be very stiff and elastic.  Fill the square basket of the Spaetzle Maker and place over a pot of boiling water or cooking soup.  As the basket slides back and forth, the tiny dumpling, or noodles drop into the boiling liquid.  When done, they will rise to the surface (about 2-3 minutes).  Use a large slotted spoon to dip them out into a large covered bowl.  Repeat the process until all of the dough is used up.  If the Spaetzle has become too cool during the process, put the covered bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds or to desired temperature.  Lightly butter and salt to taste and serve in pace of noodles, rice or potatoes.







Hello Everyone,
It is so nice to be able to get in touch with you again. This is the first time in quite a while I have had the time to sit down and write another note to you from my kitchen. I just tried a tool that is new to me and I really like it, so wanted to pass it along to all of you.
There are tools out there that you can just look at and know what that are used for and how to use them. The Spaetzle Maker is NOT one of them. Check out what they look like on Ernie's web page.  You use this little tool to create a small "dumpling" or a pasta for a filler for soup or to add to your favorite sauce. You simply mix your dough, add it to the cup, run the cup back and forth on the board of the machine while it is on top of your soup pot or a pan of boiling water. The "dumplings" will fall into the hot liquid and when they float to the top they are done ! You can't ask for anything much easier than that. AND they are really tasty !
 When you buy one of these little tools there are a couple of recipes on the packaging, but you can easily change them to suit your own taste. You can always change the seasonings, you can add an egg to the dough, you can add a little more or less salt, you can add a little ( 1 teaspoon) baking powder (and get an entirely different texture), well you get the idea. The only thing to remember is these dumplings cook very quickly so what ever you add has to "work" in the same time period.
I understand this is an old tool and that it has been used in German kitchens for a long, long time so try your local library for recipes and give this tool a try. It's fun !
Until later,