German Cream Noodles
Happy Friday everyone! Today, I'm sharing a family favourite in our house. These noodles have a surprisingly small amount of ingredients but man these make for a filling, rich, and creamy dish. These are very heavy so I suggest pairing these with lighter salads or meats for a meal. We usually only make these once in a while because they're so rich in butter and cream and need to be savoured every time.
Serves: 6-8 *note: the pictures show half of a batch, so keep in mind if using pictures for a guide.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
4 cups flour
5 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
3-4 cups water
1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups cream
In a large bowl, mix flour and salt together. Make a small funnel in the middle and add the oil, then the water and mix slowly mix with flour mixture. Only add 1/2 cup water at a time and combine. Once you get to 2 cups, add 1 tbsp at a time until you get to a smooth but a sticky dough. If you're having trouble getting it combined well in the bowl, put the dough out onto a well-oiled surface to knead until smooth. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
Roll out the dough into a large rectangle, the dough should be around 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Spread 1/2 cup room temperature butter on the dough. Then, roll up and cut into 1-inch thick rounds. (This process is the similar to that of cinnamon buns). *See pictures below
Put a large skillet on medium heat. Add 1 cup butter and when bubbling, add 1/2 cup water. Lay the noodles in the pan and seal with closed vent lid. If you don't have a lid, you will have to add more and more water to allow the steam to cook the noodles.
Let the noodle brown on one side, then, turn them over and brown on the other.
Once browned, add the cream (enough to cover to noodles) and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. You can leave them simmer for longer if you wish. The longer they simmer, the softer the noodles get and the more of that creamy, buttery flavour soaks into them.
Take of the heat and serve immediately!
Storage: Best served immediately but can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days.
The Story of the Noodles:
We only had these on special occasions but my siblings and I were always excited to have these, not only because they were so tasty, but also because we knew these had a story behind them.
As mentioned, these noodles are a family favourite for the Heppner (my dad's family) and Wingerter (my mom's family) families as there are strong German roots in both of them. My Grandma Wingerter learned how to make these from a German neighbour when she first married my grandpa and moved into the area. The main reason that she learned was so that she could make them for my great grandpa. She knew he loved them and they might have helped her to get on his good side.
My mom learned how to make them from my grandma and now I have from my mom, which I'm pretty proud of. When my dad's parents (who are very German and Mennonite) found out my mom cooked these, they were pretty dang excited too. I guess if you've got some in-laws that are a little German too, these should get you their good books!
If you want to make a meal with these and make it extra German, add some farmer's sausage on the side and you've get er made!
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