This delicious quiche, which is crammed with the goodness of vegetables and laced with the sweetness of maple syrup, is perfect for family gatherings, picnics and parties.
“This veggie-packed quiche is named for Esther Laseur, one of our favourite marketing interns of all time – she loved its hearty combination of squash and kale, lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Quiche can be made ahead and travels well, making it ideal for pot-lucks or brunch at your in-laws’ house. You can use mustard greens or arugula instead of baby kale, and acorn or any firm squash in place of the butternut squash – just be sure to roast it, as that’s the secret to bringing out its natural sweetness.”
Quiche Esther with butternut squash and kale
- 1 disc classic pastry dough or store-bought pie dough
- 1 small butternut squash about 1½ lbs / 675 g, peeled and cut into 1 in (2.5 cm) cubes
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 6 large eggs beaten
- 2 cups 480 ml half-and-half
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1½ cups 60 g packed baby kale
- Roll out the dough and fit it into a 9½ in (24 cm) round plain or scalloped tart pan. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.
- Set a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 350°F (180°C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the butternut squash, maple syrup, olive oil, ½ teaspoon of the nutmeg, and ½ teaspoon of the salt and toss to coat. Spread in an even layer on the prepared sheet pan and bake until easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Leave the oven on and line the sheet pan with some clean parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, pepper, and the remaining ½ teaspoon nutmeg and ½ teaspoon salt until fully combined.
- Remove the tart shell from the freezer and set the pan on the prepared sheet pan. Scatter half of the baby kale and all of the butternut squash across the bottom of the shell. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the top. Scatter the remaining baby kale across the top, gently pressing the leaves into the liquid.
- Carefully transfer the sheet pan to the oven and bake until the quiche is lightly browned around the edges and set in the centre, 40 to 45 minutes. To test, give the sheet pan a gentle shake – the quiche shouldn’t wobble at all.
- Let cool for 30 minutes, then remove from the pan, slice, and serve.
Excerpted from Maman: The Cookbook by Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte. © 2021 Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte. Photography © 2021 Linda Xiao. Published by Penguin Canada.