Today I am going to share the recipe for a Quiche Lorraine. I am saying A Quiche Lorraine because there are many variations of this classic French dish and I am not claiming this to be THE traditional one. Actually, it looks like the original Quiche Lorraine did not have any milk or cheese in it! Anyhow, I think this is a great recipe and it tasted just like the one I used to eat in France! It makes for a delicious lunch together with a green salad and it would be perfect to take for a picnic. I also think I will be giving this to my kids in their lunch box when my eldest one starts “big school” in January: she loves eggs and it is very nutritious. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Quiche-Lorraine.com
Ingredients: (for a 28 cm – 11 inch round pan)
1 or 1 ½ sheets of shortcrust pastry (or puff pastry), thawed (not in the picture)
300 ml – 1 ¼ cups thickened cream (or heavy cream)
250 ml – 1 cup milk
230 gms – 8 oz. streaky bacon, cut into lardons (5 x 15 mm – ¼ x ½ inch sticks)
150 gms – 5.3 oz. Emmental, shredded
1 pinch nutmeg
Salt & Pepper to taste
Press the puff pastry into the pan and prick it all over with a fork. Place a piece of baking paper on the top of the pastry and either fill it with some rice/beans or place another pan on the inside. This will ensure that the pastry does not puff up when baked.
Bake it in a pre heated oven at 250°C – 480°F for about 10 minutes or until golden. When ready, let it cool down.
In the meantime, prepare the filling. Put the bacon in a non stick pan and sauté it for a few minutes on a high flame, so that the fat comes out and the lardons become crispy. Remove them with a slotted spoon and keep them aside.
In a big bowl, whisk the eggs together with the cream. Add the milk little by little and keep whisking until well incorporated. Add a pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.
Spread the lardons on top of the baked pastry. Pour in the egg mixture and evenly distribute the shredded Emmental on the top.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 250°C – 480°F for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the quiche is cooked through (it is ready when a toothpick inserted in the centre of the quiche comes out clean).
Serve warm or at room temperature.