Saturday, January 16, 2010

Home Made Pasta

For Christmas, I got the new pasta extruder attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer.
The first thing I decided to try was the rotini.
It was fun, it was easy, and they came out great:

Just look at all of 'em! Aren't they lovely?

Nothing wrong with a closer look, right?

And a little closer...

Okay, I like this beauty shot the best.

It wasn't too long after this that these lovely rotini hit the hot water and were united with a nice sauce.


elizabethS said...

dbcurrie! (I found this via Serious Eats's Cook & Tell)

These are all lovely photos--they capture the texture and shapes well, but I agree with you on loving the last shot the most.

I have a few questions on the extruder attachment--can you us an egg pasta dough or is a semolina dough necessary? Is the die plastic or metal? I ask because if it works well, this might be a fun attachment to get for our KA.

You sell yourself too short on your photography skills!

Donna Currie said...

The basic pasta recipe that came with the extruder is an egg pasta, and so far that's all I've made.

The dies are metal and plastic, and the whole unit is pretty heavy-duty.

There are actually 2 pasta extruders for the KA. This is the one that's currently exclusive to Williams Sonoma.

Thanks for the nice comments about the photos. Sometimes I get shots that I like a lot, but it's more about taking a lot of photos and getting lucky than it is about knowing what I'm doing and why certain shots work.

elizabethS said...

Excellent! I was curious because I showed the husband your shots and he was all "semolina flour kills brass dies!" and I wanted to tell him that they took egg pasta flour.

I'm the same way with photography--I'll take a ton from a lot of angles and find something I like and those end up being the best and it's usually just a matter of luck. I'm getting better with using the programmable features on my P&S, and the addition of a tripod is an excellent and inexpensive way to make photos look better.

Donna Currie said...

The dies are plastic and stainless steel; no brass. Next time I make pasta, maybe I'll take some photos of the dies.

Pasta Dies said...

today i read your blog and i have seen how to create pasta in home this Christmas time and i am going try this at home.

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