Friday Favourites – Savoury Quiche

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At the risk of sounding monotonous, here is another quiche recipe.  I use different fillings depending on what is available but the principle remains the same.

SAVOURY QUICHE

PASTRY SHELL

1 quantity of shortcrust pastry.  The recipe is here.  I use a 25cm (10 inch) quiche dish and this is more pastry than I need.  You can freeze the excess or use it and make something else while the oven is turned on for the quiche.

FILLING

4 eggs
Cream/milk/milk powder/evaporated milk
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 rashers shortcut bacon, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
Free choice – could be asparagus, mushrooms, corn kernels, spinach, tomato slices

Lightly fry the bacon and onion.  Spread mixture over the base of the quiche.  Add whatever other filling ingredients you choose and top with the grated cheese.  Beat the eggs with milk and or cream.  I usually use milk powder and water mixed in equal proportions to make a slightly richer mixture.  Add the cayenne pepper.  Pour over the filling until it is within about 1cm of the top of the pastry shell.  Bake in 180 degree oven for about 40 minutes.

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I did not get an opportunity to photograph the finished product before dinner last night so here is what is left.  I have cut it into portions to freeze.  We will then have it in our lunches next week.

I love recipes like this that allow for a degree of flexibility depending on the available ingredients.  It is a great way to use up a few sad vegies from the crisper.

Waste Not

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Like last week there were Granny Smith apples left over on Friday so I brought 3 home and this time I made an apple pie.

I stewed the apples with a few whole cloves and used the sweet pastry recipe which is here.

Pie base with apple added

Completed and brushed with milk – ready to go in the oven

Ready to serve

I also squeezed an assortment of less than perfect citrus – lemons, oranges, mandarins and grapefruit.  I added some sugar and made up a drink using 1/3 juice and 2/3 soda water.  It was nice and refreshing.

Both the drink and apple pie used ingredients that would otherwise have been watsed.

What have you cooked or made so that ingredients do not get wasted?

Pastry for Pies, Quiches and Tarts

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We all have some things that we feel unable to cook successfully.  My nemesis is scones.  I must try again one day.  In the meantime if anyone has a foolproof scone recipe I am willing to give it a go.

Pastry is something that many people do not make from scratch for a variety of reasons.  I must admit I used to buy the sheets of pastry from the supermarket.  I would still buy puff pastry if I specifically needed that as I believe it is quite challenging and time-consuming to make.

Shortcrust pastry is a different matter and in an attempt to reduce the packaging that we accept into our home I have returned to my tried and true pastry recipes (sweet and savoury) which came from my mother.  I have used these intermittently for many years.

SHORTCRUST PASTRY (SAVOURY)

Ingredients

200g self-raising flour

100g butter

¼ cup cold water

Method

Place flour in a bowl.  Finely shred the butter and rub into the flour until crumbly.  Add cold water and stir in with a knife blade to make a firm dough.  Wrap in a plastic bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator.  Knead on a lightly floured board and roll out thinly.  Use as desired for quiche, savoury pie, sausage rolls etc.

Hints

I always use ‘real’ butter – not margarine or spreadable butter.  You will not get the same results with substitute ingredients in this case.

Use beaten egg to brush the top and underside of pie tops.  This will stop the pastry absorbing liquid from the filling and becoming soggy.

SWEET PASTRY

Ingredients

90g self-raising flour

60g plain flour

30g cornflour

90g butter

60g sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon milk

Method

Sift the flours.  Rub in the butter.  Beat sugar, egg yolk and milk and add to other ingredients.  Knead gently and roll out pastry.  Place in pie plate.  Crimp the edges and prick with a fork.  Bake in a moderate oven.

Hints

This pastry is more delicate to work with but makes a lovely shell for a sweet tart such as lemon meringue or caramel.  I have not used it for anything other than tart shells but I am sure it could be.

Here are the finished sausage rolls using savoury shortcrust pastry.  I also made a mushroom and bacon quiche as well as tops for 2 mini beef pies.  These were the circles cut from the pastry in an earlier photo.  I made a double quantity of pastry to do all of this.

Pastry-making is a skill worth having and the results are rewarding.