A staple dish for sunny summer suppers or classy picnics, the quiche is sometimes a slightly intimidating prospect for a home chef. This recipe calls for humble ingredients, such as eggs, cream and butter, plus whatever cheese you have in the bottom of the fridge – hence the name “cheeseboard quiche” I used a combination of aged gouda, ripe brie and a very crumbly mature cheddar, but you can use whatever you have to hand. P.S: If you’re short of time you can skip making your own pastry and use shop-bought. I won’t tell!
- 100g unsalted butter
- 185g plain flour
- 3 tbsp ice-cold water
- 5g finely-grated hard cheese (such as parmesan)
- 5 spring onions
- 200ml cream (preferably heavy/double/crème entière liquide)
- 180g cheese of your choice
- 3 eggs
1You can make the pastry by hand, or in a food processor. To make it by hand, cut your cold butter into cubes and rub into the flour (plus a heavy pinch of salt) with your thumbs until the texture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the finely grated hard cheese until it’s well-dispersed. Then add just enough of the ice water (around 3 tablespoons) for it to form a cohesive dough. Too much and the pastry will be tough and stretchy. If you’re using a food processor, add your cubed butter, salt, hard cheese and flour to the bowl of the processor and pulse until you have the breadcrumb texture, then stream in the ice water while pulsing. Do not let the processor run for more than a second at a time or the dough will become warm, overheated and rubbery.
2Form a ball with your dough and place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour, or even overnight.
3Once your pastry is thoroughly chilled, roll it out as thin as you can manage and ease it into a well-greased fluted tart tin. You can use a little ball of spare pastry to press the rolled-out sheet into the grooved edges of the tin. Once you’re happy with how the pastry is sitting in the tin, gently cut off the excess, leaving a slight overhang in case of shrinkage. Chill the pastry case again for 30 minutes to allow the gluten to relax and the butter to harden. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 180C (fan).
4Remove your quiche case from the fridge and prick the bottom with a fork or skewer. Line the inside of the pastry with some greaseproof paper or baking foil and fill with blind baking beans or uncooked rice, to weigh it down while it cooks. This will prevent puffy, uneven pastry.
5Bake your pastry case in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven. Turn the temperature down to 160C (fan) and remove the lining and blind baking beans/rice, then return the pastry case to the oven for 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin.
6While your pastry is cooling, you can prepare your filling. How you incorporate the cheese will depend somewhat on which cheeses you are using. Sturdier cheeses can be grated, crumbly cheeses can be broken into smallish chunks and squashy, creamy cheeses can be cubed. As long as no pieces are much bigger than half a centimetre or so across you’ll be fine. Slice your spring onions (green and white parts) into rounds around 1-2mm wide.
7Lightly beat your eggs until well-combined. Avoid adding any air bubbles into the mix, as that will cause a grainy, puffy texture in the quiche filling. Add in the cream and mix until uniform in colour. Gently stir in the cheese, spring onions and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
8Pour your filling into the pastry case and – carefully – slide the quiche into the oven. Bake it at 190C (fan) for 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is gently set and lightly golden brown at the very edge.
9 Cool your quiche in the tin for about 10 minutes, then release it from the tin and serve. It is delicious warm, preferably with a peppery salad and some boiled potatoes, but is still delicious cold.
I have asked you several times that since you are sending your recipes to countries that use measurements other than grams, milliliters, and centigrade temperatures, that you might include those measurements in your recipes so that we “colonials” do not have to keep looking up European measurements, So far, you haven’t. I am sorry. I have enjoying making your recipes in the past, but if you do not care enough for us colonials to include our kinds of measurements, I guess that I just won’t bother reading your recipe, unless you starting including our measurements. Please, do.
We have a variety of international chefs providing recipes and we publish them with the measurements as provided by the chefs. Sometimes that will be in imperial measures and sometimes metric. We are also lucky enough to have readers all over the world!
We would recommend having some scales handy, alternatively if you have an Alexa device it comes in useful if you ask it to translate the ingredient and the appropriate weight into cup measures! Gram weight is always more accurate, especially when it comes to baking, as volume can vary dramatically.
Actually, when I cook from These recipes I have fun trying to figure them out. I go by the policy “When in Rome”
We live in California and have a family home in the Dordogne and when we are there using our French cookbooks in our little tiny ancient oven which has a dial we don’t even know how to read, We seem to be able to have figured it out for the last 50 years
I like the idea of asking Alexa, I’ll do that next time.
Enjoying the taste of France as always