As I am Italian, one of the questions I get asked a lot is “can you make fresh pasta from scratch?”. The answer is yes, I can. But the real skill is making it while entertaining 4 year old twin boys!
Making pasta is easy, but it takes time. 4 year olds are not famous for being great at waiting, are they? Yet there are parts in which they can help substantially, so they don’t get bored. Siving flour is one of those tasks… as long as you accept a 10 to 20% loss of material, of course. I can guarantee your kitchen will look very snowy!
B was very proud of his siving technique, but it was very slow. He loved to add the egg to the centre of the volcano. And he loved even more when some of it ran down the side and I had to catch it quickly. “It escapes like lava, mummy!” He shouted.
Once the dough was ready we left it in the fridge to rest while having lunch. I needed a break at this stage anyhow. After about an hour, B and I started making actual pasta. When we finally got to a 1mm thin sheet, we decided to cut it as tagliatelle and T decided to finally join us. He came only for the easy part at the end, but I was still happy that he joined in.
We made so much pasta that B had time for a go himself.
Last but not least, we left some sheets 2mm thick and B cut them into small pieces. Then I pinched the middle of each piece and… voilà! Farfalle were ready to go.
Not sure how long it will be before I’ll attempt this again. After all, it wasn’t easy! One thing I know for sure though, I will still find flour in obscure parts of my kitchen till next summer.