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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For the pastry

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



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 egg yolk

For the filling

  • 200g pack lardon, unsmoked or smoked
  • 50g Gruyère



    Gruyère is an undoubted pinnacle of traditional Swiss cheese-making, a culinary masterpiece as…

  • 200ml carton crème fraîche
  • 200ml double cream
  • 3 egg, well beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • pinch ground nutmeg


  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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Comments (121)

takarajayne's picture

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's picture

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's picture

Super recipe, worked well for someone who can't bake! Very highly recomended

nzlissy's picture

This is my go-to recipe pastry recipe whenever I make quiche of any variety. The pastry is beautifully short and crisp.

LeighM123's picture

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's picture

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's picture

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's picture

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.

col_buendia's picture

I used this pastry recipe last night (with a different filling), and while it held its shape well in the tin, it's far too short, for it crumbled to nothing as soon as I cut into it and was very dry to chew on.

sonald's picture

I made this for a friend's birthday as she doesn't like cake (I know!). It went down a storm. Yes, it's rich but it's ultimate! That's the whole point. I think you have to play the quantity of water by ear, I didn't even measure I just added slowly til the pastry just came together. Other than that I didn't change a thing. Definitely a treat quiche!

callychally's picture

I'll never buy another quiche from a shop...this is wonderful! I know the quantity of water depends on the quality of flour used, and if you live in hard or soft water area...but I needed 5 TABLEspoons of water. Absolutely brilliant recipe! Definitely a hit with the family and guests alike.

mandandmart's picture

Just made this for the first time and it turned out fantastic! Thank you.

Munkey's Mom's picture

Easy, fast and delicious! One for the books, as we call it! It took me a little longer than 25 min in the oven though.

bonitarosa's picture

Really delicious. We didn't have creme fraiche so used soured cream instead. Still very tasty.

mechka85's picture

This recipe is a winner - extremely rich and delicious. If you're new to pastry, I'd follow Mary Berry's tip for getting your pastry into the quiche base - just YouTube her tarte au citron recipe and watch how she does it. I'd also recommend refrigerating the pastry in this recipe for 20 minutes or so before you start to roll it.

dutes8080's picture

Thanks for those tips mechka85, just invaluable. My first quiche at 66, always said I can't bake, this was fab. Moral: Never say never, thanks again

Dizzy blond's picture

I sautéed a finely chopped onion with the bacon lardons. Pastry melted in the mouth. This is a winner, everyone loved it

Dizzy blond's picture

I sautéed a finely chopped onion with the smoked bacon lardons. Pastry just melted in your mouth. It's a winner, everyone loved it.

flossie1078's picture

This has to be my favourite Quiche recipe. It went down a storm at the buffet I took it to and was the most popular dish at a picnic I provided it for. It is rich but as a result you don't need as big a slice. Will certainly be making this again!

LucyNewLeaf's picture

Far too rich for my tastes, but not surprised considering there's 200 ml of double cream, and 200 ml of creme fraiche. Next time, I will add an egg or two, reduce the creme fraiche, and swap double for single cream. At least now I understand the basics


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