Ultimate quiche Lorraine

Ultimate quiche Lorraine

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus 10 mins chilling

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Cuts into 8 slices
The key to making the perfect quiche is simplicity, as you can see with this tasty recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • But you lose the silky texture

Nutrition: nutrition per slice

  • kcal525
  • fat45g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein12g
  • salt1.21g
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Ingredients

    For the pastry

    • 175g plain flour
    • 100g cold butter, cut into pieces
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    • 1 egg yolk

    For the filling

    • 200g pack lardon, unsmoked or smoked
    • 50g Gruyère
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    • 200ml carton crème fraîche
    • 200ml double cream
    • 3 egg, well beaten
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    • pinch ground nutmeg

    Method

    1. For the pastry, put the flour, butter, egg yolk and 4 tsp cold water into a food processor. Using the pulse button, process until the mix binds. Tip the pastry onto a lightly floured surface, gather into a smooth ball, then roll out as thinly as you can. Line a 23 x 2.5cm loose-bottomed, fluted flan tin, easing the pastry into the base. Trim the pastry edges with scissors (save any trimmings) so it sits slightly above the tin (if it shrinks, it shouldn’t now go below the level of the tin). Press the pastry into the flutes, lightly prick the base with a fork, then chill for 10 mins. Put a baking sheet in the oven and heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

    2. Line pastry case with foil, shiny side down, fill with dry beans and bake on the hot sheet for 15 mins. Remove foil and beans and bake for 4-5 mins more until the pastry is pale golden. If you notice any small holes or cracks, patch up with pastry trimmings. You can make up to this point a day ahead.

    3. While the pastry cooks, prepare the filling. Heat a small frying pan, tip in the lardons and fry for a couple of mins. Drain off any liquid that comes out, then continue cooking until the lardons just start to colour, but aren’t crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Cut three quarters of the cheese into small dice and finely grate the rest. Scatter the diced cheese and fried lardons over the bottom of the pastry case.

    4. Using a spoon, beat the crème fraîche to slacken it then slowly beat in the double cream. Mix in the beaten eggs. Season (you shouldn’t need much salt) and add nutmeg. Pour three-quarters of the filling into the pastry case.

    5. Half-pull the oven shelf out and put the flan tin on the baking sheet. Quickly pour the rest of the filling into the pastry case – you get it right to the top this way. Scatter the grated cheese over the top, then carefully push the shelf back into the oven. Lower the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Bake for about 25 mins, or until golden and softly set (the centre should not feel too firm). Let the quiche settle for 4-5 mins, then remove from the tin. Serve freshly baked, although it’s also good cold.

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    lizleicester
    26th Nov, 2016
    3.8
    Had to do lots of alterations to make this dairy free(!) but it was well worth it as I had a craving for quiche. I caramelised 2 onions and left out all the cheese. Then used 400ml unsweetened soya milk instead of double cream and creme fraiche. The result was delicious (and probably about half the calories of the original).
    Jacqsam66
    28th Sep, 2016
    5.05
    I made this Quiche last night. I used shop bought pastry & cheddar cheese. I cubed the 50g of cheese & put in the flan. I also added red onion. My flan dish is shallow so I halved the cream & creme fraiche quantity. I left out the nutmeg & seasoned with a garlic, tomato & herb grinder. I put grated italian cheese on top. My husband and I both agree it was the best quiche we've had. Definitely highly recommend.
    takarajayne
    23rd Aug, 2016
    5.05
    Lush! Very nice very rich - a luxury quiche not for the dieting! I put 65g emmental cubed in the mixture, then finely grated 50g extra mature cheddar and 25g Grana Padano on top. It was yummy! The pastry is very short, but goes well with the rich filling. Seeing as it's so naughty and not an everyday meal, next time I would add about 25g of extra mature cheddar to the pasty, just to taste, and would sautée onions with the lardons.
    Mrsbudgetbaker
    17th May, 2016
    Super recipe! I replace with cheddar cheese mini cubes to make a bit cheaper and still delicious! Also a good dish for using up left over veg or other odd bits in the fridge like slice of bacon and old leek cooked off etc as the recipe works well as a base for all sorts of different flavoured quiches.
    dutes8080
    12th May, 2016
    5.05
    Super recipe, worked well for someone who can't bake! Very highly recomended
    nzlissy
    25th Apr, 2016
    5.05
    This is my go-to recipe pastry recipe whenever I make quiche of any variety. The pastry is beautifully short and crisp.
    LeighM123
    23rd Apr, 2016
    3.8
    The quiche is delicious, but I would make 2 points, which I will bear in mind next time I make it: 1) I followed the advice to roll the pastry out as thinly as possible, but as a result ended up with loads of spare overhanging the side of the tin. Next time I make it I won’t roll it as thin. 2) I found there was too much liquid. Some of the crème fraiche/cream filling spilled over when I poured it in the pastry case and thus burned on the baking tray. I didn’t end up using all of the filling – no problem, as I have frozen it for future use!
    roseoftheshires
    15th Aug, 2015
    I agree that the pastry is far too short. It was impossible to lift into the flan case without crumbling. I wondered whether it was because I made it by hand as I don't have a food processor?
    issydimples
    18th Jul, 2015
    I cheated and used shop bought pastry as i was pushed for time, but this was a lovely quiche, very yummy, will def make again
    LLT
    13th Jul, 2015
    5.05
    This was absolutely lovely, I added 1 extra egg and it came out beautifully. I also chilled the pastry for 20 minutes before rolling and found this helped alot, as the dough was too sticky to roll straight away. Will Definitely be making this again and again.

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    Jacqsam66
    28th Sep, 2016
    5.05
    Can this be frozen after cooking..??
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