There are plenty of Scandinavians in London. We have all chosen to live our lives here, and most of us are, most of the time, very happy with that decision. But there will always be things that we miss from our home countries. It can be TV shows or old family traditions, but one thing I think we all miss on a regular basis is the food! Ocado must have heard our Scandinavian prayers, because they have made room for a Scandinavian aisle in their range – brilliant! Here you will find anything from your favourite flavoured Absolut Vodka, Herring or baking mix, to the ever important Kalle’s Kaviar, ginger thins, meatballs and fresh yeast. Us Scandi’s are also spoiled with choice when it comes to cheese – the cheese counter in any Scandinavian grocery store is varied and very impressive. Ocado has picked up on this and are offering Herrgård AND Västerbotten cheese (grated or block). Below is the recipe for a quiche commonly found on Swedish tables on any special occasion – Västerbotten cheese quiche!

You will need…

For the crust:

  • 150g salted butter
  • 350ml flour
  • 2tbs cold water
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1 egg, to brush on

For the topping:

  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml single cream
  • 300g grated Västerbottensost (like this one: )
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

This is how you do it:
Start with the crust, and turn the oven on to 200C. Crumble the butter into the flour and add water and salt. Quickly work into a smooth dough. Press the dough out into a pie dish (25cm diameter would be perfect). Pierce the dough with a fork a couple of times, and let it sit somewhere cold for 15-30 minutes. Whisk the egg with a fork and brush the crust evenly before popping it into the oven for 10-15 minutes.

To make the topping, pour the milk and cream in to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the grated cheese until it has melted. Add the eggs and sugar to the mixture, and season to taste.

Pour the topping over the crust. Turn the oven down to 140C, and let quiche cook for 30-35 minutes. Serve the quiche hot or cold, with salad and bread. Or – with crayfish if you’re throwing a Swedish-style crayfish party!


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