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Obwalden Cake

Obwalden Cake, a traditional Swiss dish

Cousin of our quiche, prepared with shortcrust pastry topped with grated Swiss Sbrinz and Emmentaler AOP Swiss cheese, cream, milk, nutmeg and pepper, it can be eaten alone or with a salad.

The oldest known versions of cheesecake date back to ancient Greece. With the conquest of Greece by the Romans, the latter take it again under the name derived from the placenta or more Roman libum, dishes that they give as an offering to their gods. The cake is a cream cheese baked on or inside a dough. The first known recipe for libum is given in the 1st century by the Roman Marcus Porcius Cato. This specialty, which knows a thousand variations across Europe, has enjoyed worldwide success with the American cheesecake.

In Switzerland, cheesecake consists of a base of shortcrust pastry or puff pastry and a binding containing a hard cheese, varying according to the regions. It is a dish relatively similar to quiche Lorraine, but without bacon. The fashionable Obwalden cheesecake, or Obwaldner Chäskuchen in German, is the best known.

The Canton of Obwalden

In central Switzerland, the canton of Obwalden is surrounded by the cantons of Lucerne, Bern, Nidwalden and Uri. It has an important historical past since it is part with Nidwalden, Schwyz and Uri of the cantons which participated in the founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291. The town of Sarnen is the capital of the canton. It is located at the foot of the mountains and in front of the lake that bears its name. The Pilate and Titlis mountains, the rivers and the numerous lakes, including those of Sarnen and Lungerer, to the south of Lake Lucerne, offer landscapes as picturesque as they are grandiose.

The canton of Obwalden is rich in traditions. Cultivated, experienced and often transformed for centuries, most of them relate either to the daily life of rural and peasant populations, or to Catholic practices. Living traditions are present in Obwalden throughout the year: Saint Nicholas and the Kings in winter, Easter and Corpus Christi processions in spring, climbs to Alpe and Désalpe, wrestling festivals with the “Brünigschwinget” in summer, and harvest festivals, livestock presentations, markets, Brother Klausen's feast or All Saints Day in autumn.

Obwalden Cheesecake Recipe


Serves 4


  • 1/4 cup of Sbrinz AOP
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cupl water
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • Salt


  • 3/4 cup of grated Sbrinz AOP
  • 3/4 cup grated Swiss AOP Emmentaler
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 2 eggs
  • salt pepper


On a pastry board, prepare a dough by working the flour, sbrinz, vinegar and salted water with your fingertips.

Roll the dough into a ball. Let rest in the fridge in a floured cloth.

Separate the egg whites from the yolks, beat the whites until stiff.

In a bowl, mix with the milk, cream and egg yolks.

Season with salt and pepper.

Butter a dish and darken the dough in this dish. Sting her. Sprinkle the bottom with flour.

Sprinkle with grated Swiss AOP Emmentaler.

Pour the garnish. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in a hot oven.

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