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The Science of the Best Fresh Pasta

thanks for the great article Niki. I, too, have been making pasta at home for years. I started first weighing eggs and flour to get an idea of what ratio works for me. As time progressed decided that generally 3/4 cup of flour to 1 whole egg was what I like.
I let eggs come to room temp (to speed thing up I sometimes warm eggs with hot tap water). Put the flour and egg (my preference is no salt at this time) in the food processor. (you see I have arthritis in shoulders ad hands; one shoulder replacement so far. so hand kneading isn't so easy). I pulse the processor and gauge the results. I'm looking for the texture of wet sand; I find that if I form a ball the resultant dough to too wet. After first 'gauging' the texture, I will scrape the sides of the processor and add just a bit more flour or a tiny bit of water depending to dryness/wetness of the dough; I'm looking for that 'wet sand' texture. At this stage the dough will come together very easily, and no extra flour is required for a bit of kneading to gather the dough into a silky ball. I wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and allow to rest in the fridge for an hour usually.
After the dough has rested I divide into manageable amounts for the KithcenAid roller attachment. Take a manageable piece of dough and work it with the finger into a disk to fit into the rollers at the widest setting. Fold the dough in half and repeat rolling at widest setting 3 times results in a nice silky texture. Then proceed reducing one 'click' at a time to setting of 5 or 6. For the last setting, lightly flour the rolled out dough and run it thru one last time.
Typically boil about 2 minutes in salted water; testing for desired doneness... : )

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Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta

I typically use about 3/4 cup flour to 1 whole large egg; you can only add so much flour per egg, regardless of type of flour. Seems like 4 eggs to the amount of dry here might result in a too soft dough. I mix the dough in a food processor; add the flour then the egg. Buzz the processor to combine, scrape down and continue processing. Resulting mix should resemble wet sand and will easily compress when pinched. If it seem wet add more flour; if dry add a few drops of water. Form dough into ball and wrap with plastic wrap; allow to rest in fridge for an hour. I use KitchenAid attachment for rolling and cutting. For my liking rolling to a 5 or 6 works best.

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Easy Black Forest Cake

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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