The Daring Cooks #19 Noodles, makaron, lane kluski...

Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks' July hostess. Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine. She provided us with recipes for SpƤtzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with!

I simply couldn't miss that one and I didn't have to as my Hubby made good few versions of this month's challenge. For me it was also an occasion to finally buy him a pasta machine :) He's delighted!

Noodles, in polish -> makaron, is very popular in Poland. You can't have your traditional Sunday dinner without clear chicken broth with home made egg noodles. We also made popular in Poland 'lane kluski' which could be done for the broth, tomato soup (like in our situation this time) or I also like them for my breakfast made in simmering milk.

How to make it...

Egg noodles
for a portion for one person you'll need:
- 1 egg
- 100 g plain flour

Mix your egg with the flour and keep kneading till you have a nice, pealabe dough. Leave to rest from 30 min to 2 hours max.

Before rolling knead the dough for a minute again. Flour your work surface if you need to, to prevent dough from sticking. If you're using pasta machine your dough has to be quite tough, not too sticky so it will go through the rolls easily. Take your dough through the rolls on each size few times before cutting into your chosen noodle shape.

Throw on a boiling, slated water for literally 2 minutes! If you're using dry pasta it has to be boiled considerably longer.

We had 2 pasta dinners.

First sweet and very popular version from Poland - served with blueberry sauce and cream fraiche. We always mix the cream well with the noodles and then pour the blueberry (or strawberry) sauce over it. Perfect for summer days!

Second - simple tuna&tomato sauce. Just fry a chopped shallot on a little bit of oil, add a medium can of tuna meat and fry for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 500 ml tomato sauce, some herbs of your choice and bring to the boil. Ready to be served!

Lane Kluski
Last but not least were my favourite (and little Baby J favourite!) lane kluski.
Take 1 egg and beat it lightly. Add around 2 spoons of plain flour and mix. you should aim for a 'custard consistency'. Have your soup/milk simmering a little - it can't boil on full power or your kluski will disintegrate!!! Pour little by little your egg/flour mixture and you'll see your lane kluski forming on the top. Done.