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Quiche!

I will never forget my first bite of a real, authentic quiche lorraine – smooth and custardy with those gorgeous, tiny little specks of smoked bacon! It was the start of a love for all sorts of quiches. Here are three beautiful quiche recipes I’m sure you will enjoy. Use the same crust for all three, and if you want, try some different variations. Great combinations include salmon and leeks, prawns and chives, blue cheese and ham, and potatoes and bacon.  But first, let’s begin with the perfect quiche crust!

Perfect Quiche Crust
quihe crust

  • 200g all-purpose flour
  • 125g cold butter cut into small cubes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • one egg, whisked
  • iced water, if needed

Mix flour with butter and salt in processor at low speed for about 20 seconds or until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the whisked egg and pulse until dough comes together into a ball. If the dough seems dry, add a drop or two of iced water. Shape the dough into a disk and refrigerate for 40 minutes wrapped in cling film. Let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before using it.
Grease a 25 cm quiche pan with a little olive oil. Roll out your dough on a floured surface and drape it over the prepared quiche pan pressing it up against the edges. Trim off any excess dough. Prick the dough with a fork all over its surface and refrigerate it for half an hour. Preheat oven to 190°C, crumple a piece of baking paper, place it on the crust and weigh it down with baking beans. Blind bake the crust for 10 minutes.

And now on to the most classic of quiches… the quiche lorraine!

Quiche Lorraine
Quiche lorraine
Serves 4-6
Make your crust and follow the instructions for the filling.

  • 250g lardons
  • 250ml crème fraîche
  • 4 eggs
  • 125 g grated Gruyère
  • pinch of freshly-grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 200°C. Fry the lardons in a dry frying pan until they turn golden brown. Drain them on kitchen paper. Whisk the crème fraîche, eggs, cheese and nutmeg. Spread the lardons over the quiche crust and pour the custard over them. Bake the quiche for 35 minutes and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before cutting and serving with a simple green salad.

Two great variations…

Quiche with Smoked Chicken and Courgettes
Quiche Courgettes
Serves 4-6
Make your crust and follow the instructions for the filling.

  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 4 eggs
  • small bunch of fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tsps dried oregano
  • 1 courgette, or two small garden courgettes, cubed
  • 200gr smoked chicken strips
  • salt (preferably fleur de sel) and freshly-cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 200°C. Beat the crème fraîche, eggs and salt and pepper. Fold in the courgettes, smoked chicken, oregano and basil. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 40 minutes. Allow the quiche to rest at room temperature for an extra five minutes before serving.

Sun-dried Tomato, Goat’s Cheese and Broccoli Quiche
sundried tomato quiche
Serves 4-6
Make your crust and follow the instructions for the filling.

  • 150g chèvre (soft goat’s cheese)
  • 3 eggs
  • 250ml single cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh thyme
  • 300g broccoli florets
  • salt (preferably fleur de sel) and freshly-cracked pepper
  • 100g sun-dried tomatoes, in strips

Preheat oven to 200°C. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for two minutes, run under cold water and set aside. Beat cream, eggs, cheese, thyme, salt and pepper. Fold in sun-dried tomatoes and blanched broccoli florets. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 40 minutes. Allow it to rest in the oven for an extra five minutes before serving.

More quiche recipes? In an upcoming post, I’ll be sharing one of my family’s all-time favorite variations!
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Courgette & Tomato Tian

A tian is a dish that is popular in sunny Provence. You’ll need the best tomatoes and courgettes: seasonal and preferably organic. The best thing about this dish? Its simplicity. Like so many other good things in life…

Courgette & Tomato Tian
Tian de Courgettes et Tomates
Serves 4

  • 6 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 courgette, thinly sliced
  • Herbes de Provence
  • salt (preferably fleur de sel) and freshly-cracked pepper
  • good-quality extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease a round oven dish with a little olive oil. Layer the tomatoes and courgettes in a wheel pattern, slightly overlapping. Season with the Herbes de Provence and salt and pepper. Drizzle generously with olive oil and pop in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Drizzle with a little more oil right before serving. This is a fantastic side dish with either fish or chicken.
Tian de Courgettes et Tomates Recipe

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