May 13, 2012

19/52 Chäswähe

Chäswähe. Looks very strange, right? It's Swiss-German for cheese pie. Savory cheese pie.
Together with onion pie they are very typical Swiss dishes.

I think that a savory pie or quiche is perfect if you have dinner guests but don't want to stand in the kitchen for long while they are there. Make & bake the pie before the guests arrive, toss together a nice salad and there you go - an easy, quick but satisfying dinner.

Oh, and you can eat it hot or cold - both is delicious. I just like it better when it's hot.

Adapted from here

Pie crust:
200 g (1 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) flour
100 g (1/2 cup) butter, cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
70 ml (4 tablespoons) water (or less)

200 ml (0.8 cup) milk
100 ml (0.4 cup) heavy cream
20 g (2 1/2 tablespoons) flour
100 g (0.6 cup) onions
100 g (1 cup) Emmentaler cheese
100 g (1 cup) Gruyère cheese
pepper, salt, nutmeg

  • Knead flour, salt and cold butter together with your hands. Add water little by little and knead until you have a smooth dough. Put into pie pan (I use the ceramic kind) and put many holes into it with a fork. Let cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • In a cooking pan, mix flour with a bit of the milk. When combined without clumps, add remaining milk and cream. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken. Season to taste with pepper, nutmeg, and salt. Be careful with the salt though because the cheese will bring a lot of saltiness with it. Let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
  • Cut onions into smaller pieces and add to the milk-cream-sauce.
  • Grate both cheeses and add as well.
  • Pour into crust and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting to avoid the cheese from running.

My modifications:

The taste:
It was good. All the guests liked it (or at least they said so).
But it wasn't how I wanted it to be. Having eaten so many slices of Chäswähe (but none of them homemade by me), I have found "my" perfect taste of it. There are millions of different Chäswähe recipes out there, so I was aware that this might not be "it". I will keep searching and will let you know once I found the perfect recipe.

What is your favorite savory pie or quiche?

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