şendul (2007 06 18)
Preheat oven to 275 . Wash a 1 1/2 - 3 lb. hen thoroughly. Remove the packet with gizzard and liver. Place the whole hen in a pan, add water to cover about half of the hen. Season to taste with salt and butter: this will make a broth when the hen is done. Add bay leaf. Place a foil on top of the pan. Cook about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Remove the foil covering and pour out some of the broth into a pan to make dumplings.
Add a little butter to the top of the hen. Turn up the oven to 425 and bake hen for another 15 - 25 minutes.