Kate, from Hills and Plains Seedsavers is coming to visit tomorrow, so to mark the occasion, Kim stepped me through the process on how to make a quiche. I made it all myself!
First of all I made the shortcrust pastry and blind-baked it with some special ceramic balls. The pastry was quite simple. Here are the ingredients.
- 225gm Plain Flour
- quarter tspn Salt
- 100 gm Butter
I sifted the flour and salt, added the butter and, with my hands, made the mixture into a breadcrumb consistency. Then I added just enough water to make it into a dough. On a well floured benchtop, I rolled it out and put it in the pie dish. The finished product is shown below.
I baked it at 200C for about 15min. The crust was golden brown.
Next I made the filling. I sautéed one brown onion, finely chopped, added about 100gm short cut bacon and cooked for about 10 minutes. Once the onion is translucent, I added about 200 gm of chopped spinach (from the garden), which when raw looks like quite a lot, but when it cooks, it reduces down to about quarter of its original size. I then turned off the heat and let the spinach cook just from the heat of the pan. I let it cool down, and by this time the pastry was cooked and cooling as well.
After about 30 min, everything was cool so I transfered the mixture into a large stainless steel bowl, added two cups of light chedar cheese, and mixed well. I added a small bunch of chopped parsley to the mixture from the garden. This is what it looks like at this stage.
Then I transfered the mixture to the pre-baked pastry and then whisked three eggs that were kindly donated by the chooks, and poured it over the quiche to bind it all together. I topped it with some crumbled fetta, with a little freshly cracked pepper and salt.
It was then into the oven @ 160 degrees C, for 25 minutes. The result was a nicely cooked quiche. About 50% home grown, and 100% home made. You can’t get much better than that! We will have it for lunch tomorrow with a garden salad and some potatoes. Very nice.
Kim and I are looking forward to meeting Kate and her hubby. It will be good fun to catch up for the day.
Ahhh….the simple things in life are ofen the best!
Most impressive Gav! Looks scrumptious.
And thanks Gavin, it was delicious! We had a great time and it was so nice to meet 2 such lovely people. You have done wonders with your garden and home and you are an inspiration to lots of people.
See you again soon, I hope!
bayside gardener says
Great quiche Gavin,
What I really admire about your culinary effort is that you bothered to make your own pastry.
Most people shy away from this task.