Quiche

Dinner the other night was a quiche. As a child I remember vol-au-vents and prawn cocktails being served at parties and there would always be cold, wobbly slices of mini quiche. Is it apparent from my description that I found the latter to be far from appetising? This is now ironic, given that I’ve recently added it to my family menu.

I honestly don’t remember why, but the first time I made one I decided to just go for it, pastry and all. It’s now a family favourite and is served at least once a month in our household. Here’s my recipe for salmon and broccoli quiche.

Ingredients

For the filling:

1 tin of salmon

half a head of broccoli

1 red or brown onion

2 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese

3 eggs

150 milk of milk

a pinch of salt and pepper

other seasonings i.e. paprika / thyme

For the pastry:

You can of course use shop bought puff pastry, but if you fancy making it yourself here is how I do mine.

250g of plain flour

6 tbsp of butter

a pinch of salt and pepper

Method

Ever made crumble? Making pastry from scratch is much the same – mix the dry ingredients then crumble in the butter, mixing until you get a doughy texture. I add water to help keep the dough together, wrap in cling film and then place in the fridge (for a few hours at least) until ready to use. If short on time I chill the dough in the freezer for a shorter time (about 30 minutes) with the same result.

Remove from the cling film and roll out on a lightly floured counter. I ensure that I have enough pastry to go over the sides of my dish, trimming away any excess.

Poke some holes into the pastry, pop into a pre-heated oven (200C) and bake for around 10-15 mins.

In the meantime you can prepare the salmon mix. Lightly fry the onion, salmon and broccoli allowing cooling time before spooning on top of the pastry.

Mix the eggs, milk, cheese and seasoning and then pour into the dish.

Return the dish to the oven and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.

And that’s it! This is a great dish to make ahead of time – why don’t you give it a go?

 

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