Monday, November 5, 2007

Recette Quiche Lorraine

Prep'Time : quiche 20 minutes
Crust : 10 min.+ 30 min. rest
Cook Time : 10 min. for crust
20 minutes for quiche

French quiche lorraine

Ingredients for 4 to 6 people :

Filling :
- 200 gr [7 oz] lardoons (diced bacon)
- 6 eggs
- 20 cl [7 fl oz] single cream
- 60 gr [2 oz] of thinly semi soft cheese
- 1 tomatoe
- 1 Tbspoon of Dijon mustard
- salt, pepper & grated nutmeg

Shortcrust pastry :

- 200 gr [7oz] plain flour
- 100 gr [31/2 oz] butter (unsalted)
- 5 to 10 cl water [2 to 3 fl oz]
- 1 pinch of salt

This recipe comes from Lorraine, east part of France.

This is the basic recipe but it can be subject to your imagination and you can put almost anything you like in the eggs and cream.

Recipe :

If you chose to make your own pastry :
In an electric mixer, put the flour and the salt ; turn mixer on and add the butter cut in small cubes while mixing for another 15 seconds ; still mixing, add the first 3 spoons of water and then
one by one slowly until the dough becomes a ball. Stop adding water right away (the ball must not stick). Leave the paste in a salad bowl for at least 30 minutes (with a bit of flour on bottom).

Make the Quiche :
1-Pre-heat oven 200°C/400°C ; butter the pie dishes ; cut the tomatoe into thin slices.
2- Spread directly the pastry in the pie dishes with your fingers (using flour to help, push dough from middle to sides of dishes). Let the pastry stand a bit higher than the dish edge.
3- Bake the pastry for 5 to 10 minutes ; get them out before they shrink, adjust sides if needed.
4- Fry the lardoons in a pan, stirring occasionally, until they get brown and crisp.
5- In the meantime, beat the eggs with a fork in a bowl and add the cream and seasonning.
6- Pour the lardoons in the beaten eggs, leaving the fat from cooking inside the pan ; beat again to mix.
7- For each pie dish, brush the case with the Dijon mustard, cover with sliced cheese, then with sliced toamatoe ; pour the eggs mixture on top (devide equally the lardoons).
8- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes if unitary pie dish ; add 10 minutes if you use a one single large dish.

Serve warm in the individual pie dish, ideally with a lettuce.

TRICK : you can chose to buy the crust or a puff pastry for a gain of time and facility reasons. Your quiche will become much easier and quicker to make, while staying a very good recipe...

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