Here is my adaptable of the recipe.
Special equipment: You’ll need a small-hole grater and a spaetzle maker.
Serves 6-8 for dessert
For the batter:
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp Diamond Crystal Kosher salt (or 1/2 tsp table salt)
7.5 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (about 1.5 cups scooped and leveled)
2 apples (Honeycrips, Granny Smith, or
To finish the dish:
1/3 cup home-made breadcrumbs (or panko)
1/4 cup calvados
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (a good squirt)
2 Tbsp sugar (or to taste)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
- Peel and grate the apples on the small-hole grater. Don’t squeeze out the juice – you need it in the batter.
- In a medium bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and salt with a whisk. Using a rubber spatula, stir in 8 oz of grated apples (about 1 cup). Stir in flour to form a thick batter. Let it rest 10 minutes.
- Heat water to a boil in a saucepan that is narrow enough so that the short ends of the spaetzle machine can rest on its rim.
- Combine breadcrumbs in a large skillet (ideally non-stick) with 2 Tbsp butter and cook over medium heat stirring often until golden. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Add calvados to skillet and boil it down to reduce in half. Take off heat.
- Salt the boiling water lightly and reduce heat to medium. Set the spaetzle maker over a piece of foil and set the square container in the tracks. Fill the square container with batter. Set the spaetzle maker over boiling water and remove the foil so that the batter can start to pour out. Move the square container quickly back and forth along the tracks until all the batter is in the pot. Stir with a slotted spoon to make sure no pieces are stuck to the bottom.
- When spaetzle float, transfer them with a slotted spoon to the skillet with calvados. Add remaining 2 Tbsp butter, cut into 4 pieces, and a quirt of lemon. Stir well. Repeat with remaining batter until all spaetzle is cooked.
- Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and mix to distribute. Top with breadcrumbs and serve immediately.