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never make gnocchi with self-rising flour

December 6, 2011

gnocchi recipe – i followed this tried-and-true recipe for delicious vegan gnocchi. the only substitution? self-rising flour.

BAD IDEA!

they became soupy, barely-held-together clumps of what can only be described as a toddler’s art project. practically inedible.

after one boiled-up batch, my wonderful friend s decided to investigate a way to fix them.

three batches.

one were boiled, then baked.
one were boiled, then fried.
one were just baked.

boiled, then baked – exactly identical consistency to the way they were before they were baked – gluey and inedible.

boiled, then fried – more similar to gnocchi consistency, but not too similar – actually, they were crunchy outside and liquidy inside – edible, but not good.

just baked – AAGH! THEY TURNED INTO PASTABREADS, sort of pretzely, dense orange puffs.

amazed, we twisted the rest of the dough into small pretzels and tiny rolls – definitely bread-like. not delicious bread, but much better than the creepy boiled ones.

we’d already discovered that frying gnocchi after boiling them is the easiest way to firm them up a bit, but this isn’t true with goopy gnocchi.

if this ever happens to you, my condolences, but they can be saved!

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also, did you know that gnocchi comes from a phrase meaning “a knot in wood”?

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fresh chive pasta

May 22, 2011

fresh chive pasta

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vegan pumpkin (or squash) gnocchi

May 22, 2011

15 OZ PUMPKIN/SQUASH
SALT, PEPPER, NUTMEG
2 3/4 C FLOUR
1/3 C BUTTER
6-7 CHOPPED SAGE LEAVES
1 CLOVE MINCED GARLIC

DIVIDE DOUGH INTO ROPES AND SLICE.

SALT WATER AND BOIL UNTIL THEY FLOAT.

made two batches – GF and non-GF. i added a little extra “flour” and a whole egg to the GF batch, and froze the dough for a few mins before boiling it. the non-GF dough didn’t give any problems and were delightfully gluteny and sweet. the GF folks were delighted by having homemade GF pasta. this was my first attempt at any sort of pasta and they were as easy as dumplings.

both batches turned out fantastically. i’ll definitely be making these again.