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The mighty Beignets de Vinzel is a cult dish from the Swiss coast of Lake Geneva. It would fit nicely into the Scottish Diet.
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Using a large tablespoon, press the cheese dough on the bread slice. Continue until you have a regular mound that covers the entire top surface of the bread.

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Heat your deep-frier or pot to 180°C / 360°F.

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Prepare a reasonable amount of beignets in relation to your deep-frier's size.

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Lower them into the hot oil and watch.

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If they tend to float and keep their top out of the oil, just turn your fritters upside down with a slotted spoon so that they cook evenly. It is quite important the oil is not too hot as you need at least 3 minutes in the bath for the cheese core to melt, and they might burn on the surface if your oil were too hot.

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Let the oil drip for a while...

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...then carefully lay them over sponge paper. Try to absorb as much oil as you can without burning yourself nor crushing the delicate crust.

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Here we are, the beignet de Vinzel is ready to be served. These are best eaten hot while the cheese inside is still melted.

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The bread does not absorb much oil and it becomes very crispy. Fried bread was a staple of bourgeois cookery in the 19th century.

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In restaurants these are usually served with pickles and a salad, but if you are on a diet you can omit the salad as it has no real nutritional value.

Published 11/12/2007
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12 Comments

  • #1
  • Comment by Joanna
  • on: 11/12/2007
Fabulous - I could never make this, let alone eat it, so I LOVE seeing all the step-by-step photos, and the lovely shot of the mountainsThanks for sharingJoanna
  • #2
  • Comment by Saxit
  • on: 11/12/2007
Looks delicious and I love your ending comment. :)
  • #3
  • Answered by fx
  • on: 12/12/2007
And delicious they are! Thanks for visiting!
  • #4
  • Answered by fx
  • on: 12/12/2007
You should see the view FROM the mountain, the lake is huge and has its own mountain backdrop on the French side. Hope you get to visit this part of the world one day!
  • #5
  • Comment by Saxit
  • on: 12/12/2007
Just one question. I can't seem to find how many servings this recipe is for.
  • #6
  • Answered by fx
  • on: 12/12/2007
Marcus, this is a very fair question and let me answer you. As a first course most people will eat one such fritter at most. As a main course most people will eat one fritter but others might wash down 2, 3 or 4 each. You need the presence of a cardiologist to eat more than 6. The recipe yields about 8 fritters depending on the size of your bread.
  • #7
  • Comment by Cynthia
  • on: 12/12/2007
This is too good!
  • #8
  • Comment by Mike
  • on: 12/02/2008
Looks amazing! My inner Southerner wants to fry up a batch this weekend =) One question, I'm not a big drinker and am not pumped about going out and buying a bottle of something just to cook with a few tablespoons now and then--have you tried it without the brandy? I know a lot of fondue recipes call for white wine, which might be a more reasonable purchase kitchen-wise. What do you think?
  • #9
  • Answered by fx
  • on: 12/02/2008
Mike, you could use any sort of fruit alcohol, brandy or even a drop of Bourbon. Each will impart its own personality to the cheese fritters, but why not! I would not recommend using white wine though, too much water. Good luck!
  • #10
  • Comment by Paul
  • on: 20/07/2008
Just got back from Switzerland and had lots of fine food including a "malakoff" which, as you say, is what they call it in Vinzel.  What a gorgeous place, by the way.  Your beignet looks precisely like theirs.  I look forward to trying this in the near future.
  • #11
  • Comment by Brains
  • on: 08/09/2008
Hi...had these in Vinzel and found your site while looking for information. I was told though that they were named for a Russian immigrant named Malakoff though? I just used your recipe tonight...delicious taste but I noticed that in your pictures, and for my results, that the crust was not as dark as in the restaurant. Also the toast because a much deeper color than the cheese. Anyways other than that, fantastic recipe! I think we all managed around 3 each.
  • #12
  • Answered by fx
  • on: 09/09/2008
Brains, you can toast the bread to any color you want before using, the taste is in fact better. As for the color, it is a matter of the oil temperature and how long you leave it in. If you want it darker, just increase a bit the oil temperature and you'll be all set.

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