Thursday, 1 September 2011

Quiche.. the easy way.

Last night I made quiche as the kids had been asking me to make it for a while and I'd promised them it before the end of the month. Since one of the kids friends was staying for dinner and we all have our favourites I made 4 flavours in 2 dishes. Here in The Netherlands Créme fraiche comes in little cups - 100 grams / 3 1/2 oz and 200 grams / 7 oz. and I use the cup from this to measure with.

For one large quiche you need:
  • One large cup (200 grams/ 3 1/2 oz) Créme Fraiche
  • Use the cup of the Créme Fraiche as a measure and fill it once with milk.
  • Fill the cup again with eggs + one extra added to the bowl. (around 5 - depends on the size of egg but it's always the cup filled with egg +1 egg) - just to add - you crack the eggs into the cup - not the egg shell and all *wink*
  • Enough pastry to cover the inside of a rectangular dish - I usually use frozen pastry.
  • 1/2 pound cheese - anything that melts nicely works - I used Mature Gouda, Semi Mature Gouda and Old Amsterdam - a really really Mature Gouda.
  • Flavourings to taste. ( I used bacon strips, cherry tomatoes and chopped onion)
How to make: 
  1. Defrost the pastry if using frozen pastry.
  2. Butter the dish you are using really well - sticking pastry really isn't a good thing with this.
  3. Preheat the oven to 230 C / 450 F
  4. Put the Créme Fraiche into a largish bowl.
  5. Measure out the milk and add it.
  6. Mix till it's combined and frothy
  7. Measure out and add the eggs
  8. Mix till it's combined and frothy
  9. Line the dish with the pastry
  10. Put the flavourings into the dish - you can do 2 flavours in a dish if you keep each to one side.
  11. Spread the cheese evenly and then carefully combine the flavourings with the cheese so when you eat it will be evenly distributed.
  12. Pour the eggy mix over it all and give it a stir to make sure that the eggy mix is down to the bottom
  13. Put the Quiche into the oven for about 45 minutes.
I did one quiche with one half just cheese, one half bacon and cheese. The other one I did with cheese and whole cherry tomatoes and the other half bacon, finely chopped onion and halved cherry tomatoes.

Enjoy - We did!

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