Saturday, 24 April 2010


Do you want to bake a quiche lorraine omelette pie as wonderful as this!? Then follow this simple guide!

A friend of mine, when asked what super power he could have, if any, said "The ability to make quiche by simply snapping ones fingers". Well this is nearly as simple.

For the pastry

175g/6oz Plain flour (Whatever looks about right)
75g/2¾oz butter (3 spoonfulls should do it)

For the filling

250g/9oz Grated English cheddar. (About 12 slices)

4 tomatoes 1 tomatoe
200g/7oz 2 rashers of bacon chopped
5 eggs 1 egg
100ml/3½fl oz milk - (Just pour some in)
200ml/7fl oz double cream
freshly ground black pepper
2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1. To make the pastry, sift the flour together with a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until you have a soft breadcrumb texture. Add enough cold water to make the crumb mixture come together to form a firm dough, and then rest it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
2. Roll out the pastry on a light floured surface and line a 22cm/8½inch well-buttered flan dish. Don't cut off the edges of the pastry yet. Chill again.
3. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
4. Remove the pastry case from the fridge and line the base of the pastry with baking parchment and then fill it with baking beans. Place on a baking tray and bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and parchment and return to the oven for another five minutes to cook the base
5. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.
6. Sprinkle the cheese into the pastry base and add the sliced tomatoes if you are using them. Fry the bacon pieces until crisp and sprinkle over them over the top.
7. Combine the eggs with the milk and cream in a bowl and season well. Pour over the bacon and cheese. Sprinkle the thyme over the top and trim the edges of the pastry.
8. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set further.
9. Trim the pastry edges to get a perfect edge and then serve in wedges.

Smash it together in a bowl and put it in the oven.

It tastes and looks awful but at least you can tell all your friends you made a quiche from scratch!

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