I’ve heard it said that real mean don’t eat quiche but I find this tasty tart is a real favourite for the whole family. Served hot or cold with a side salad of Italian leaves it is the perfect pie for summer picnics and parties. Made from everyday ingredients it is an easy dish to make especially if you find you have guests coming for lunch at short notice.
- 225g (8oz) plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 100g (4oz) butter
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
- 1 small onion
- 4 rashers streaky bacon
- 3 eggs
- 275ml (1/2 pint) cream and milk, mixed
- Salt and pepper
- 75g (3oz) grated cheese
- Sift flour and salt, rub in butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix to a dough with the egg and water. Roll out and line a 23cm (9″) fluted flan. Chill. Trim surplus dough after chilling to avoid shrinkage.
- Chop onion and fry in a little oil until beginning to soften. Add chopped bacon and fry 2 to 3 minutes.
- Beat eggs lightly and mix with the cream and milk. Season lightly. Stir in onion and bacon.
- Pour into chilled pastry case and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake at 400° F, Gas Mark 6, 200° C, for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F, Gas Mark 4, 180° C and bake for a further 25 to 30 minutes until filling is firm and golden.
If you find that you just don’t have time or motivation to make your own quiche many of the supermarket delis stock an extensive range with a variety of fillings, and once out of the packaging you would never know they weren’t homemade!