Monday, November 10, 2008

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

Here's a fairly simple Quiche Lorraine from Tarts: Sweet and Savory. I'd recommend using your favorite basic shortcrust recipe; the one in the book is fine, but it's a little difficult to make by hand. I also returned the book to the library, so I don't have the recipe (sorry!).

While I enjoyed this, I prefer a thicker quiche. I'd love to be able to emulate the thick, just-cooked spinach and mushroom quiche from Jin Patisserie, or the sage, roasted squash, bacon, and asiago quiche I had a few weeks ago. Sometimes I have trouble getting the crust to cook through without overcooking the filling, and I still haven't found a really consistent crust to use.

I'm getting plenty of crust rolling and shaping practice from these pies and tarts. I tried the Butternut Squash Pie again last night using a crust recipe from Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax. The crust turned out well, but I undercooked the butternut squash and ended up with a denser, weaker flavored filling than usual. I think i'll get it right next time.

Quiche Lorraine
adapted from Maxine Clark's Tarts: Sweet and Savory

1 blind-baked 9 inch shortcrust
8 oz bacon, chopped, or cubed prosciutto
5 large eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream or creme fraiche
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese, about 2oz
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat a nonstick skillet and saute the bacon or prosciutto until brown and crisp, then drain on paper towels. Sprinkle over the base of the pie crust.

Put the eggs and cream or creme fraiche into a bowl, beat well, and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Carefully pour the mixture over the bacon and sprinkle with the Gruyere.

Bake for about 25 minutes until just set, golden brown, and puffy. Serve warm or at room temperature.

7 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

ha this is one of the first recipes I learned at school :) This looks yummy :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is such a classic but I have never made it. Yours look delicious, Lisa!

Anonymous said...

hi, random pittsburgher who bakes a lot here. (though nothing i do is as impressive as your stuff.)

My mother, who makes fantastic quiche, has always sworn by the basic pastry crust in the 2 vol Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking (or something like that). I don't recall her ever having problems with the cooked crust/overcooked center. have you tried that one?

thanks for your always drool worthy photos!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those pictures are beautiful.

Adding nutmeg must bring out all of the lovely flavor in a quiche lorraine. It sounds delicious!

Carly said...

I want to try some butternut squash pie now that I've tasted yours (it was my favorite dessert of the evening). I am also enjoying the leftover ginger cake - paired with fresh sliced pears and port is a tasty combo.

Christina said...

Ooh, gruyere! That's my favorite cheese of all time, the number one reason I look forward to fondue on New Year's Eve.

It looks really delicious, and I need to branch out more towards the savory side of baking.

Irene said...

I love your blog. :)

I can recommend the savory tart dough from the Tartine cookbook. It's lovely - tender and very flaky, and a cinch to put together. I think I have a few recipes using it on my blog, but the whole book is totally awesome.

Great photos! I love a good quiche in the cold weather.