Knoepfle- oder spaetzleteig (basic spaetzle dough)

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
500 grams Flour (4 1/2 cups less 1 Tbsp)
5 \N Eggs
1 cup Water
\N \N Salt

Combine all ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth. One part at a time, force through a spaetzle shaver and let drop straight into boiling water. As soon as the spaetzle rise to the surface, remove them with a slotted spoon and rinse in warm water.

In olden days, the spaetzle dough was forced through a three- legged sieve, by means of stirring. This resulted in the so- called 'Knoepfle' (little buttons). Another method - more common in the Wuertemberg area - is to put the dough on a wooden board and scraping off small slivers of dough, which then results in elongated spaetzle, similar to the ones produced by a spaetzle press.

Serves 4.

From: D'SCHWAEBISCH' KUCHE' by Aegidius Kolb and Leonhard Lidel, Allgaeuer Zeitungsverlag, Kempten. 1976. (Translation/Conversion: Karin Brewer) Posted by: Karin Brewer, Cooking Echo, 8/92

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