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Gommer Cholera from Switzerland

The covered vegetable cake is anything but dangerous. The origin of the name "cholera" is the subject of numerous stories. One explanation is that it comes from the time when cholera broke out in the Valais and trade and bartering of food was prohibited. The hearty cake was made from what the peasant household gave: flour, onions/leeks, apples, potatoes and cheese. Another, however, is a relation to coal, Valaisan German "Chola" or "Cholu", meaning that the pan with the cholera was placed in the coal for baking. In fact, "Cholära" in Valais is also a term for the open vestibule in the baking house, where the coals were collected in a pit in front of the oven door. Ingredients (dough)

  • 325 g flour
  • 150 g butter
  • 1 KL salt
  • 8 - 9 tablespoons of water
Ingredients (filling)
  • 300 g leek
  • 1 onion
  • 500 g potatoes
  • salt, pepper
  • 300 g cheese
  • 450 g apples
  • 1 egg
  1. For the dough, put flour in a bowl, add butter, salt and water and mix into a dough, chill for 30 minutes. Optionally, you can also buy a ready-made short pastry or cake dough.
  2. Cut leek and onions into rings and fry in hot butter for about 10 minutes
  3. Boil the potatoes in enough water until al dente, peel, slice and add to the leek, season with salt and pepper
  4. Cut cheese into slices
  5. Peel and cut apples into quarters, remove core and also cut into slices
  6. Roll out half of the dough and place on a baking tray covered with baking parchment
  7. Spread the potatoes, cheese and apples in layers on the dough, leaving a rim and brushing it with a beaten egg
  8. Roll out the rest of the dough, cover the filling with it, press the edge well, brush the dough lid with egg and prick it several times with a fork
  9. Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees for 50 minutes

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