What is a quiche?
A quiche is a type of French tart with a pastry case containing a baked creamy egg filling. The most famous quiche is the Quiche Lorraine which adds salty bacon to the filling. Adding cheese isn’t traditional in a quiche Lorraine and would be frowned upon by purists but you’ll find most modern recipes will add grated cheese of some sort – gruyère being the most popular.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of a quiche you can add all sorts of fillings. Tender green spring veg like asparagus and peas are lovely, as is smoked salmon and dill and a classic cheese and onion quiche is a real crowd pleaser.
How to make quiche pastry
When making pastry it’s important to keep everything as cool as possible so your butter should be diced and chilled before using. Also the trick is to not overwork the pastry dough so if rubbing in with fingers just use a light movement and the very tips of your fingers. If you have one, a food processor is great for pulsing together the flour and butter and keeps everything cool. Resting the dough in the fridge before rolling also helps to stop it shrinking in the oven later and a final chill once you’ve lined the tin will help keep the shape.
Can you freeze your leftover egg whites?
You will have some egg whites left over from this recipe so keep them in a freezer proof container and freeze for when you need to make meringue. Once defrosted they whip up really well.
Easy quiche recipe
- ready-rolled shortcrust pastry 300g pack
- butter for frying
- spring onions 2 bunches, trimmed and finely chopped
- eggs 3
- whole milk 75ml
- cheddar 150g, grated
- green salad to serve
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- Kcals 598
- Fat 42g
- Saturates 19g
- Carbs 33.1g
- Sugars 5.6g
- Fibre 3.7g
- Protein 20.2g
- Salt 1.3g