I tend to make quiche when I am invited to someones house and want to/am asked to bring something. I can usually make it without going shopping because all you really need to make a quiche is eggs, flour, butter, onions and milk or cream. Then whatever meat or cheese you have. I had brie, bacon and Parmesan cheese in the house so that is what I used. It is great to bring to peoples houses’ because it should be served room temperature so you don’t need to take up space in their fridge or try to keep it hot. Plus people tend to really like it. Yesterday I brought this to a BBQ at my neighbors and we ate it with our vodka while the men were arguing over the grill.
First you need to make the crust. You can use store bought pie crust, filo, puff pastry or even make it crustless but making your own is special.
For the crust
Take 1 and 3/4 cups of flour and mix in 1/2 tsp of regular salt
cut in 3/4 (1.5 sticks) cups of cold butter with a pastry blender until its in tiny pieces
add 3 tb of heavy cream (milk, sour cream, whatever you have) and 4 tb of ice water. Add 1-2 more tb of ice water if needed to just get the flour to come together.
Shape into a round and wrap it in plastic and put it in the fridge for an hour
You want to refrigerate because you want the butter to stay solid and not melt too much. After 1 -2 hours in the fridge roll it out on a floured cutting board. You want to flip over and move the crust around the board as you roll it out so it doesn’t stick.
You need a cake pan with high sides to accommodate all the filling. Wrap it in foil and spray it with Pam. You don’t need to wrap it in foil but I find it easier to clean and get out of the pan.
Roll the pastry over the rolling pin to easily get it in the pan
and then push it into the sides of the pan. Freeze the crust for 20 mins after this.
After freezing the crust line with foil and weigh it down with something heavy. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes until the foil peels away easily. If it sticks. Bake a bit longer
This is what it looks liked right after the foil is peeled away. Kind of pale
Bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown without the foil and weights
Then separate an egg and brush the crust with the egg white as soon as it comes out. Save the yolk for the custard
For the filling
I had a bit less than 1/2 lb of raw bacon and I chopped it up and cooked it until crisp
Keep the fat in the pan to cook 2 chopped onions (I had very large onions) until they are light brown.
Chop up about 5 oz of brie
I also added about 1-2 oz of grated Parmesan
For the custard
As mentioned this was for a BBQ with a bunch of people so I made a large quiche with a lot of custard but if its just for 4 people you can half the custard amount.
Mix 3 tb of milk with 1 1/2 tb of cornstarch
Then add 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 1 1/3 cups of milk (or a combination)
Whisk in 8 eggs and the reserved yolk
Then add the spices: 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cayenne
It is finally time for assembly
Scatter the filling ingredients on the bottom of your crust and then slowly add the custard (I clearly did not do it slowly enough as it spilled). Poke around with a fork a bit to get in more filling.
Finally bake at 350 for about 75 mins until cooked
While it is baking take a nap because this takes forever to prepare and is exhausting. Delicious. But exhausting.
And my husband took this picture at the BBQ as I
was distracted with the vodka forgot