Friday, July 15, 2011

Cooking with King Arthur Flour

Ott,A is back this month with another Iron Chef Challenge. This month's sponsor is King Arthur Flour.

I picked up a bag of Unbleached All Purpose flour. Not all AP flours are created equally. King Arthur AP flour contains 11.7% protein. Why is that important? Check out this page for a basic breakdown.

Now that we're done with the Science lesson for the day...on to the cooking! I got the KitchenAid pasta roller and cutter set earlier this month and I've been dying to try it out. I used their basic egg noodle recipe below:


4 large eggs

1 tablespoon water

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 t salt


Place ingredients in bowl, attach flat beater, turn to speed 2 and mix 30 seconds.

Remove the flat beater and attach the dough hook. Turn to speed 2 and knead for two minutes.

Hand-knead dough for 30 seconds to one minute. Cover dough with a dry towel and let rest 15 minutes before extruding it through pasta maker.

I ran it through to a thickness of "4". Next time, I'll probably go to 5 or 6, but it worked out just fine at a 4. Next, run to the fettuccini cutter. Then let dry for up to one hour. Check out this awesome drying rack my dad made for me! He's one of those "do it bigger and better" types, so when he saw the single tier rack sold in the stores, he decided he could make one bigger and better. He certainly did! It's made from quality hardwood and coated in a food grade seal.

I dried and froze my pasta overnight, so it took about 8 minutes to cook. Fresh rolled pasta cooks in under 5.
For the sauce....

1 cup dry white wine
4-5 large tomatos-blanced, peeled and cut
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped white onion
fresh oregano, thyme, rosemary and generous!
1 bay leaf
2 cloves crushed garlic or 2 cloves minced garlic
salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, covered, until onion is tender.

Toss cooked and drained pasta in sauce. 

We opted to add chicken and fresh mozzarella...two thumbs up from the crowd!

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King Arthur provided me with a coupon for a free sack of flour. However, the ideas and opinions expressed above are my own.


Lana said...

Very ambitious! I remember Mom putting her noodles out on a table/table cloth dusted with flour. Great job!

Ott, A. said...

I love the looks of the white wine sauce you made and I'm very jealous of your pasta drying rack!!! Thanks a Latte' for linking up to the Iron Chef Challenge.

Anna @ Sometimes On Tuesdays said...

That looks fabulous! I have always wanted to make my own pasta!

ann said...

I think I have a paste machine some where it has been so long since I made it. I love paste but homemade is the best
Love your rack

Cranberry Morning said...

No kidding! Wow, I hope your family appreciates you. I have never ever attempted to make fresh pasta.

One of the things I like best about King Arthur flour is the cool bag it comes in. :-)