As with all things made with love the result is so much more than the sum of the parts.
In this case the parts are as humble as can be:
The result is a steaming bowl of heritage, memories and devotion which tastes divine.
This bowl is filled with spatzle, handmade German noodles.
Handmade by Edith, Oma to my girls, mother to my husband & MIL/friend to me.
Spatzle ( Spets-lay ) means little sparrow in German. The dish derives from Swabia in Southern Germany.
This wonderful map derives from Lisa Barbero@ Etsy. (click through to visit her shop)
Edith taught me to make these noodles. When she visits at Christmastime she prepares bowl after bowl….and is always asked for more!
Since you may not have a German Oma on hand, here is how to make spatzle:
The three ingredients are combined in a one to one ratio. So to make 5 cups of dough you need 5 cups flour, 5 eggs & 5 1/2 egg shells filled with water. (roughly 5 tablespoons)
- Combine flour, eggs & water;
- put a big pot of water to boil while you mix the dough;
- mix dough by hand in a large bowl or in a standing mixer on low;
- when ready the dough should fall heavily from a spoon;
- use a spatzle maker to cut/form the dough;
- this is done over the pot of boiling water;
- the noodles cook as they fall into the boiling water;
- if you are making a large batch, you can scoop the noodles out with a hand held strainer after a few minutes & put in a warm bowl while you continue;
- when all the dough has been cooked add a pat of butter & a sprinkle of good salt.
While there are few ingredients in spatzle there is some work involved.
You will get a nice arm workout from running the dough through the hand powered tool and a facial while working over the pot of boiling water. But we are all good multi-tasking!
The homemade taste of these simple ingredients mixed with love is undeniable. Whether you serve spatzle with traditional German food, an easy roast chicken or in a bowl with sugar, as my mom did as a little girl, I think you will agree these ‘little sparrows’ really fly.
Do you have a traditional food that you serve at holiday time?
Off for a run to burn off a bowl…or two. Better make it a long one!
** Kelly **