We All Should Eat Quiche

3 Quiche is a dish that has very much fallen out of favour… or perhaps just renamed as a savory tart to prevent people harking back to the horrors of Quiche Lorraine that used to grace our cafe’s during the ’90’s.  I’d almost go as far as to say it sits in camp of other abused foods such as lemon tart, raspberry coulis, and sticky date pudding, amongst others.

As a meal, particularly on the go, Quiche is actually a fantastic way to get a balanced and tasty bite to eat. Mini ones are great for entertaining, family sized to share at a table is equally as fun and any size in between is as handy as a pie or bread roll for picnics or lunches at work.  I love that you can add flavours that suit your palate, all baked into a pastry lining and kept together with an egg/egg custard filling.  Who can go past a mini egg pie really? I am amongst those people who may have forgotten about these for a long time, but decided recently that they would be ideal for early start breakfasts as much as lunch at work and cooked myself a big batch.  The sour cream pastry is a simple rustic one, easy to make and shared originally on Please Pass The Recipe by Lady Red Specs.  You can cheat though and use commercially produced pastry if need be.  This is my quiches of the moment but as I mentioned your filling literally can be what you desire… here is some suggestions to get your idea’s flowing:

  • roasted sweet potato w. fresh thyme and pine nuts
  • traditional ham and cheese
  • creamed corn and chicken
  • blue cheese, celery and walnut
  • tomato w. fresh basil
  • asparagus and bacon
  • roast chicken and sweet corn
  • fresh pea with mint
  • roast pumpkin and tomato

Sour Cream Rough Puff Pastry

makes approx 12 small quiches

  • 240g plain flour
  • 200g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 125ml sour cream

Place the flour and butter in into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles a fine crumb.  If mixing by hand, rub the butter into the flour until well combined.   Add the sour cream until well combined and forms a dough.  Chill for at least 30 minutes before using. 10Roll the dough out in small sections until approx 2-3mm thickness.  Butter and flour your pie/Quiche tins.  Line with the pastry, smoothing any breaks or gaps.  To blind bake and prepare for the Quiche, place non-stick baking paper onto the pastry and then fill with baking weights. I use old dry rice which I specifically keep for this purpose.  Bake the shells in a 180c oven for approx 10 mins, or until the edges just start to colour.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

To make the filling, prepare your ingredients. I used cubed ham, sliced mushrooms, grated cheese, sliced spring onions and finely sliced fresh asparagus.

Combine 6 eggs with approx equal amount of milk or cream and lightly beat.

Add your dry filling to the shells and then pour the egg mixture over the top, tapping the tin lightly on the bench to allow the liquid to settle. Don’t overfill your shells, pour just shy of the top as the egg will expand when it cooks.

Place your filled quiches in the oven for approx 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Serve hot or cold. These also freeze well to be used as last minute meals.

Shared With Love, Leah

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. ladyredspecs says:

    Yummo, I haven’t made quiche in ages, must remedy that! xxx

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    1. Leah says:

      They were yummy, and perfect in the freezer for work lunches with a bit of salad. Almost time to make some more I think. The pastry was super easy too, great recipe 🙂 xxx

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  2. Francesca says:

    I am busting for a home baked quiche after reading this post. Must try your and Sandra’s sour cream pastry too.

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    1. Leah says:

      Thanks Francesca, it’s a super simple pastry. Lady Red Specs strikes again! Quiche are a bit fiddly with the double backing but totally worth it in my opinion 🙂

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  3. Yes, we all eat quiche! Many of us still make it. I like your idea of the mini quiche and the idea that they can be frozen. Really saves time when entertaining. Blind baking the shell keeps the crust from getting soggy – ladyredspecks knows her pastry! P.S. We also eat/make lemon tart and sticky toffee pudding. All yummy!

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  4. bitsofnice says:

    Love quiches and mini like the ones you’ve made are very practical but also very cute! Although I love trying different toppings for quiches, for me a well made quiche lorraine is still the best! Thanks for sharing ), so yummy!

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  5. chefconnie says:

    Lovely little darlings. I am going to have to try this crust recipe.

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  6. I agree! Eat all the quiche!

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