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Malakoff Loaf

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52 weeks of cooking – The Alps

When cooking for a crowd I try to find alternatives to making individual appetizers, it takes too much time fiddling with small things, why not make a few huge ones and slice it up.

This week’s Reddit challenge is make something from the Alps, when you think of that region cheese is the first thing to come to mind. While searching for ideas on what to make I kept going back to these fried cheese things called Malakoff, a slice of bread heaped with a cheese mixture and fried till crispy. I really wanted to make them, but everyone would want two which would mean making at least 50 of them, no thanks. If I had a proper fryer that made it easy to control the heat and I wasn’t on a sail boat where there is the potential for the hot oil to jump out at me I’d be more willing. In these situations, I turn towards the oven, she’s always my friend.

I made two large loafs of bread with soft interiors and light crispy crusts, cut them in half lengthwise and slathered them in the grated cheese mixture and baked. They were heavenly, the bread was browned, the top layer of the cheese was crisp while the under layer was like molten lava when I cut into them straight out of the oven. Usually for hot baked goods I like to wait at least 10 minutes before serving so people don’t burn their mouths, but this has to be served and eaten right away so you get the gooey fondue effect.

 









Malakoff Loaf


Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of soft bread
  • 4 -6 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 32 oz gruyere cheese, grated (8c)
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 c hard cider or white wine
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Slice the bread in half lengthwise, slather both pieces with the softened butter, bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes until the cut sides are golden brown.
  3. Toss together the cheese, flour, salt and nutmeg.
  4. Whisk together the hard cider, eggs and crushed garlic in a measuring cup, pour over the cheese and mix together with a spatula.
  5. Divide the cheese mixture in half and spread evenly to the edges of each half loaf.
  6. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes and then move the bread under the broiler and broil for 3 minutes or until the top is a dark golden brown and a little crispy.
  7. Slice and serve immediately so the cheese is hot and gooey.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  9. Slice the bread in half lengthwise, slather both pieces with the softened butter, bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes until the cut sides are golden brown.
  10. Toss together the cheese, flour, salt and nutmeg.
  11. Whisk together the hard cider, eggs and crushed garlic in a measuring cup, pour over the cheese and mix together with a spatula.
  12. Divide the cheese mixture in half and spread evenly to the edges of each half loaf.
  13. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes and then move the bread under the broiler and broil for 3 minutes or until the top is a dark golden brown and a little crispy.
  14. Slice and serve immediately so the cheese is hot and gooey.

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