Västerbottensost Cheese Pie - A Swedish Classic

Västerbottensost Cheese Pie - A Swedish Classic

This is a much loved recipe in Sweden and a classic dish for a traditional crayfish party or midsummer celebration. This delicious cheese pie is made with the Swedish equivalent of Parmesan - it's called Västerbottensost. This particular cheese has been produced in the same way since Ulrika Eleonora Lindström created her mysterious recipe in 1872. The recipe remains a well-kept secret that only a few living people know, and is stored securely in the dairy’s safe in Burträsk, near Skellefteå in the far north of Sweden.

THE RECIPE - VÄSTERBOTTENSOST CHEESE PIE

Image source: lavenderandlovage.com

Image source: lavenderandlovage.com

Ingredients

Pie pastry:

  • 125 g butter
  • 300 ml wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp water

Filling:

  • 150 g grated Västerbottensost
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 ml whipped cream
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Method:
Preheat the oven to 225°C. Mix the butter and flour in a food processor to a crumbly texture. Add the water and mix into a smooth dough. Press the pie dough into a pie dish (24 cm in diameter). Prick the bottom of the shell and place in the oven for about 10 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cream, add the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the cheese filling into the pie shell and bake for about 20 minutes until the pie has set. Allow to cool.

recipe by: vasterbottensost.com

Photographer Magnus Werner

Photographer Magnus Werner

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