The comforting taste of a quiche

Quiche is one of my favourite dishes. I don’t make it very often and sometimes I cheat and buy ready made but it is just not the same. My love for quiche is not shared by M who will eat it but sort of look around for a main course afterwards. M’s hesitation doesn’t stop my love of quiche at all and when I went out shopping for the ingredients I was thinking of why I love quiche. There is something so comforting about it and well, I must have felt I needed a lot of comfort as I went all out even using low fat cream making for a lot of comfort.

 

I decided to go for a classic quiche with ham and cheese but I couldn’t resist a few broad beans. I picked lettuce from the garden to go with it and decided to make a citrus vinaigrette to cut through the cream. You can replace the ham, cheese and broad beans with any vegetables of choice.

 

Comforting ham and cheese quiche 

preparation time 20 minutes 

cooking time 30 mins resting time + 20 minutes pre cooking + 45 minutes cooking

oven 175C or 350F

serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 150 gr butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 dl flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp millet seeds

Mix all of the ingredients to a firm dough. Set it aside in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes or more. I like to use millet seeds, they have a lovely crunch and as a bonus they are very healthy.

 

Millet seeds 22June_MilletSeeds

 

Once the dough is rested place it with some flour to roll out.

 

22June_Dough

 

As always there was a lot of flour going around.

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Pre cook the dough for about 20 minutes. Stick it with a fork to avoid the dough rising in the middle.

Whilst that is cooking make the filling.

Quiche filling

  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 1/2 dl or 3/4 cup (low fat) cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 dl or 1/2 cup shelled broad beans
  • 150 gr or 5.3 oz cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 4 eggs

Mix the eggs and the cream. Mix everything and fill the quiche shell, bake for 40-45 minutes or until set.

I did a salad to go on the side to keep it light.

 

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Citrus dressing

preparation time 5 minutes

cooking time 0 minutes

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp citrus vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil

Mix the vinegar and the mustard, then add the lemon juice and thicken the vinaigrette slightly with the olive oil.

 

22June_Dressing

 

Check that the quiche is set and take it out of the oven. Leave it to cool for a few minutes before cutting it but quiche always tastes best still warm and the kitchen is filled with delicious smells from the eggs, cheese and ham cooking.

 

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The first comforting bite was just what I had in mind, it made me concentrate on the quiche rather than the world around me for a brief while.

 

 

 

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