April is a very special month for me. Not only do I celebrate my birthday, I also get to celebrate my father, grandmother, aunt and uncle’s birthdays. It is a big month for my whole family.
This year, my parents and sister went in on an extra special gift for me. The coveted Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. I’ve been wishing for one ever since cooking became more of a lifestyle than a hobby, but could never quite make the purchase. Thanks to the help of Amazon Prime and my family, this wish finally did come true (and yes, I did have to tell first).
I contemplated for a whole two days what would be my first recipe made with this delightful machine. A friend recommended, because I’ve been struggling with pasta, that I give that a try and see how the attachments work in comparison to all the kneading and resting. Here’s how it worked!
1 3/4 C Flour, sifted
3 large Eggs
1 T water
- Combine flour, salt, eggs and water in the mixing bowl
- Use the flat beater
- Turn to speed 2 and mix for 30 seconds
- Attach the dough hook and mix for 2 minutes
- Kneed for about 1-2 minute
- Allow to rise for 15-20 minutes
- Separate dough into 6 even pieces and flatten into a rectangle
- Run through the pasta attachment (or use pasta maker if you don’t have the attachment) following instructions
- Cook 6-8 minutes (until al dente)
The attachments are SO simple to use and worked very well. The recipe in the book is double what mine says. I find that pasta recipes often make too much pasta and I like it fresh, not dried or frozen, so I half it and save the ingredients and time. I added an extra egg because 2 eggs made it too dry.
Honestly, you just put this attachment on and let it swirl everything around for a few minutes. It will make the dough crumbly.
Switch to the dough hook, beat some more and you will see the dough come together nicely.
I have another post about how to run it through the machine, so if you don’t know what to do from this point on, check it out! Or write me an email and I’ll try my best to help you out.