2 ½ cups flour
200 ml water
½ tsp salt
1. In a large bowl, mix eggs, water, and salt thoroughly.
2. Gradually add flour, adding extra water if necessary to achieve a dough that is thick and gooey but not stiff, and not too thick to pass through the spaetzle maker, or so runny that it flows through it without needing to be "grated". Basically, a little thicker than pancake batter. I have had to add as much as double the amount of water.
3. Bring water to a rolling boil in a large pot. Add dough to spaetzle maker and "grate" into boiling water in batches. Boil each batch for a couple of minutes, until spaetzle have risen to the top and slightly grown in size. Do not overcook, or your spaetzle will be mushy (test one for doneness, if necessary).
4. Scoop spaetzle out with a colander and allow to further drain in a colander set over a bowl while making the next batch.
5. When all spaetzle are done cooking, add butter and salt to taste. Serve as a side dish, or fried up in a pan with more butter (add onion, sausage, and/or sauerkraut if you like), or bake in a casserole dish covered in cheese until golden and bubbly.
- Do not leave the spaetzle maker sitting on top of the pot while you are waiting for your batch of spaetzels to boil. The rising steam will cook the dough left on the spaetzle maker and gunk it up, making it harder and harder to work the next batch.
- If you do not have a spaetzle maker, and want to see if you like homemade spaetzle before investing in one, you can try this: Place/hold a large, flat cheese grater (NOT the boxy kind) horizontally over the boiling water. Put about a half cup of dough on the top side of the grater. Using a metal spoon, scrape the dough back and forth across the grater until all the dough has been "grated" into the water. This is much more tedious and time-consuming than using the spaetzle maker, but it certainly works.
- Soak or rinse any dishes that have dough on them immediately in warm water. The dough hardens as it dries, and is about as easy as concrete to get off once that happens.