I married into a very VERY traditional German-Jewish family and along with being on time for everything, I have also taken on the task of learning some delicious German recipes. My favorite sweet recipe is plum cake, otherwise known as Zwetschgenkuchen and my new favorite is now Spaetzle, a dumpling similar to pasta. You for sure have all of the ingredients in the house already! And scroll to the bottom for the original pic I took of this recipe in 2011. It’s a good one!Print
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup milk (or any milk alternative)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Mix together the flour, salt, thyme, and nutmeg. Alternately added the eggs and milk to the dry ingredients and mixed until very smooth. The dough should be sticky.
The next step is the fun part! If you don’t have a spaetzle maker, which I assume you don’t if you’ve never made spaetzle before, you can use a few different kitchen utensils that should already be in your cabinets. If you have a metal grater or strainer, you are good to go. I had a metal strainer in my kitchen, so that became my spaetzle maker!
Bring a large pot of water to a simmer (make sure to salt the water), put the dough in the metal strainer and hold it over the pot for 30 seconds to warm up the dough so it will go through the holes smoothly. Push the dough with a spatula, letting it fall in to the hot water to cook. The dough should cook in the simmering water for 5 to 8 minutes. Drain well and serve.