Quick Homemade Späetzle (German Dumplings)–Printable Version

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-2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

-1 teaspoon salt

-1 egg, beaten

-1/2 to 3/4 cup lukewarm water


Begin by bringing a large stock pot of water to a rolling boil. While water heats, sift flour and salt into a medium-sized bowl.

Beat one egg and pour into flour mixture; stir a little. Gradually add water, mixing constantly until most or all of the flour mixture has been kneaded in and dough is stiff.

Transfer dough to a floured portable surface (like a cutting board or large plate) and flatten out dough to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick.

Using a sharp, wet knife, score the flattened dough into very small pieces (like deformed lima beans) and blade-flick them into the boiling water as quickly as possible. The trick is to get as many pieces of späetzle into the boiling water in a short amount a time as possible so that the cook time is fairly standard within a batch. You only want one layer of dumplings at a time in the boiling water. Allow each round to cook between 5-8 minutes, depending on size and thickness.

This recipe can be doubled or tripled. Use a large, slotted spoon to remove cooked dumplings from the boiling water between rounds.

Spoon finished späetzle into serving dish and top immediately with melted butter.


One Response to “Quick Homemade Späetzle (German Dumplings)–Printable Version”


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