Recipe from Dean & Deluca
Yield 2 servings
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 - 5 ounces water
1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and slat. Add in water until a fairly dry dough is formed. Turn out onto a floured board, and knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth and firm.
my note: adjust the amount of water depends on your climate. I needed a little less than 4 ounces.
2. Cut dough in 2 pieces, and roll each piece into a long cylinder, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Cut the cylinders crosswise into small pieces, making a cut every 1/4 inch or so. With your fingers, round out each little piece of dough until it's a small circle, about 1/8 inch thick and 2/3 inch in diameter. Let stand on kitchen counter, in a single layer, for 15 minutes.
3. After 15 minutes, flip each piece of dough over. Now, working on the counter, press your thumb into the center of each one, creating a depression,. When you've finished, let them rest on the counter for 1 hour.
4. After 1 hour, pick up 1 orecchiette, place it in your palm, and depress it again (in the same spot) with your thumb. Your should now have a fairly deep depression. Return the orecchiette to the counter, depression side down, and continue with the rest until all of the orecchiette are done.
5. You can cook the orecchiette immediately or dry for a few hours. Cook in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, about 7 - 8 minutes.