I'll never forget the day when our middle grandson Nick called me and asked, "GB, can we make noodles?" Could we?? Oh my gosh yes!! I was over the moon to get his invitation! He was nine or ten at the time and I dropped everything. And, heck, I'm pretty sure I broke the land speed record getting from our place to his.
When a grandchild invites me or asks me to do something for them I jump at the chance to make memories together. I'm especially grateful for the memories now that schools have closed and we can't get together for a while.
Recently, I wrote about making macaroons for our granddaughters. Oddly enough, that old-fashioned cookie has made it to the top of their favorites chart! In my post I mentioned how I planned to use the orphaned yolks to make noodles or pudding. I made a batch of noodles last week.
He texted back immediately, "Yes!! They are SO good!" He's a senior in high school now so I was really tickled by his response. Nick, his buddies and his cousin, (our oldest granddaughter) Baylie are some of the senior kids I've loved feeding at lunch time this school year. I ache to have my kitchen full of teenagers again and with things the way they are now, I'll just have to be glad for the meals we did share!
I looked for a recipe that uses mainly yolks and found one online. Since I get eggs from a farm, we have the pleasure of getting "pullet eggs" from young hens (pullets) who haven't hit their egg-laying groove yet. The eggs are really small which explains why the photo and the recipe don't quite match. You'll never find them in grocery stores because they are too little for retail standards but they are wonderfully fresh and full of flavor. If you find yourself without pullet eggs, (and you probably will) just follow the recipe!
Begin with flour and salt on a clean work surface and make a well in the middle. Break the eggs into the center and beat them a bit with a fork. Then using fingers, pull flour into the egg mixture gradually and add water a teeny bit at a time til you have a nice ball of dough.
Next, you'll knead the dough like kneading bread. Push the heel of your hand into the dough and rotate it a quarter turn and do it again and again. Keep doing this on a floured surface until you have a ball of dough that is smooth and elastic. This shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out nice and thin on a floured surface like you're making a pie crust.
Then use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter to cut into thin, uniform strips about 1/4 " wide. Finally, they need to dry a bit. You can actually cook them after they've dried for half an hour or so. If you're going to use them later just drape them over cooling racks or spread out on a cotton dishtowel and let them sit for a couple of days. Can freeze in ziploc bags.
Measure flour onto clean work surface. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks, whole egg and salt. With hands, thoroughly mix egg into flour. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. (Add only enough water to form dough into a ball.) Turn dough onto well-floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces and work with one half of the dough at a time. On a well-floured surface roll out the dough to the desired thickness from 1/4-inch to paper-thin, the thickness is up to you! Flour your work area as needed to keep dough from sticking. Use sharp knife of pizza cutter to cut in strips as wide or narrow as you like but keep the width uniform so they'll all cook happily ever after.
Boil the noodles in 3 quarts of water with a tablespoon of salt until they are as tender as you like them and use in soups or stews are serve as a side dish with butter and cheese or both!
Right now, more than ever before, we need connection, comfort and compassion. There's something very homey and happy about making food from scratch and knowing how to do it. I hope you'll give it a try!
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Love, GB (Betty Streff)
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