Enjoy the decadent simplicity of our traditional quiche, which is the ideal balance of savory deliciousness, creamy filling, and flaky crust. The best ingredients go into making our handcrafted quiche, which has a delicate mix of eggs, cream, and savory fillings. Perfect for any meal, breakfast, or get-together, each slice delivers a lovely blend of coziness and style.
A delicious dish that’s both comforting and easy to enjoy. Imagine a pie-like creation with a golden crust that melts in your mouth, and inside, a filling that’s like a cozy blanket of flavors. What makes quiche so special is its simplicity – a blend of eggs, cream, and a variety of tasty ingredients all coming together to create a meal that feels like a warm hug for your taste buds.
Our classic quiche is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend breakfast or a delightful dinner option. It’s a versatile dish that adapts to your preferences, offering a canvas for delicious ingredients like cheese, veggies, or savory meats. With every bite, you experience the joy of uncomplicated goodness, making it a go-to choice for those who appreciate the beauty of straightforward, homemade comfort food.
So, if you’re new to the world of quiche or a longtime fan, our classic version is here to welcome you with open arms. It’s a simple yet delightful culinary experience that proves that sometimes, the most delicious things come from keeping it basic and letting the ingredients shine. Get ready to fall in love with the charm of quiche – a dish that makes every mealtime a little more special.
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What is quiche?
Quiche is a savory pie that originated in French cuisine and has become a beloved dish worldwide. It typically consists of a pastry crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, and various ingredients such as cheese, vegetables, and meats. The filling can vary widely, allowing for a diverse range of flavors and combinations.
The base of a quiche is a buttery and flaky pastry crust, which serves as the foundation for the rich and custard-like filling. The filling is made by whisking together eggs and cream, creating a smooth and velvety texture. Ingredients like cheese, sautéed vegetables, ham, bacon, or seafood are then added to the egg mixture, providing layers of flavor.
Quiches are often baked until the crust is golden brown, and the filling is set. The result is a delightful combination of a crisp crust and a creamy, flavorful interior. Quiche is a versatile dish that can be served warm or at room temperature, making it suitable for various occasions such as brunches, lunches, or light dinners. Its adaptability and deliciousness have contributed to its enduring popularity in home kitchens and restaurants alike.
Reasons to love Quiche
- Versatility of Flavors: Quiche offers a wide range of flavor possibilities. Whether you prefer the classic combination of ham and cheese, a veggie-packed option, or a seafood delight, there’s a quiche variation to suit every taste.
- Simple Elegance: With its golden, flaky crust and creamy, custard-like filling, quiche exudes a simple yet elegant appeal. It’s a dish that effortlessly combines sophistication with homey comfort.
- Easy to Customize: Quiche is highly customizable, allowing you to tailor it to your preferences. Experiment with different ingredients, cheeses, and herbs to create a quiche that reflects your personal taste and seasonal produce.
- Perfect Anytime Dish: Whether served warm for breakfast, as the centerpiece of brunch, or as a light dinner option, quiche is a versatile dish that fits well into any mealtime. It’s equally delicious hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
- Make-Ahead Convenience: Quiche is an excellent make-ahead option. Prepare it in advance and refrigerate or freeze until needed. This makes it a practical choice for busy schedules or entertaining guests without sacrificing quality.
- Balanced and Filling: The combination of eggs, cream, and various fillings in quiche provides a well-balanced and satisfying meal. It’s substantial enough to be the main course yet light enough to leave room for other dishes if served as part of a larger spread.
- Impressive Presentation: Quiche’s attractive appearance makes it a visually appealing dish for gatherings and special occasions. The contrast of colors in the filling against the golden crust adds to its overall aesthetic appeal.
Ingredients you need for Quiche
- Pie crust: flaky and buttery pastry crust that forms the base of the quiche. It provides a delicate, golden-brown exterior that contrasts with the creamy filling
- Eggs: Eggs serve as the main component of the quiche filling, contributing to its rich and custard-like texture. They bind the ingredients together and create a velvety consistency.
- Cream: Heavy cream adds a luxurious and creamy texture to the filling. It enriches the quiche, providing a smooth and decadent mouthfeel.
- Salt & Pepper: These common seasonings enhance the overall taste of the quiche, balancing the flavors and bringing out the natural taste of the ingredients.
How to make Quiche
- Blind bake crust: This guarantees a flaky, non-soggy crust. Preparing the pie crust in a pan, spreading a sheet of parchment paper inside, and filling it with weights is an easy procedure. This helps the dough maintain its shape while baking. If you don’t have any pie weights on hand, fill the inside with dry beans instead. Just remember to put those beans away when you’re through because you won’t be able to cook them. You can, however, save them to use as weights.
- Add eggs to measuring cup: To get that great quiche flavor, it’s important to have the right eggs and milk/cream percentage. For every egg, you will need 1 cup of liquid. I find the best way to do this is in a large measuring cup.
- Pour in milk and cream together: For this recipe, I used 5 eggs, and you will want a total of 2-1/2 cups of liquid. You will want to combine the egg, milk, and cream together. You don’t want it frothy because it will create a lot of air in the quiche, and we don’t want that. We want a nice smooth mixture.
- pour mixture over filling: This is where you want to choose your filling, or if you want to leave it as a basic quiche, skip this step. You want to add around 2 cups of filling, such as cheese and meat or cheese and vegetables. Layer that in the bottom of your blind baked crust, then gently pour the egg mixture on top, being careful not to disturb the filling too much. Bake for 45–50 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature before serving and enjoy!
- Quiche Lorraine: A classic French variation featuring bacon or lardons and Gruyère cheese. The combination of smoky bacon and nutty Gruyère creates a rich and savory flavor profile.
- Spinach and Feta Quiche: A vegetarian option with sautéed spinach and crumbled feta cheese. The earthy spinach pairs well with the tanginess of the feta, offering a fresh and vibrant quiche.
- Mushroom and Swiss Quiche: Sautéed mushrooms combined with Swiss cheese create a hearty and earthy quiche. The nutty flavor of Swiss cheese complements the savory notes of the mushrooms.
- Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche: A delightful combination of steamed broccoli florets and sharp cheddar cheese. The cheese adds a robust flavor, enhancing the mild taste of broccoli.
- Tomato and Basil Quiche: Fresh tomatoes and basil contribute a light and summery twist to the quiche. The combination brings a burst of freshness and herbal aroma to each bite.
- Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Quiche: Sweet, caramelized onions paired with creamy goat cheese create a sweet and savory quiche. The tangy goat cheese balances the richness of the caramelized onions.
- Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Quiche: Sun-dried tomatoes bring a concentrated burst of flavor, while a drizzle of pesto adds a basil-infused richness. This variation offers a Mediterranean-inspired twist.
- Asparagus and Ham Quiche: Fresh asparagus spears and diced ham combine for a delightful spring-inspired quiche. The crisp-tender asparagus adds a vibrant crunch to the filling.
- Three-Cheese Quiche: A luxurious blend of three cheeses, such as Gruyère, cheddar, and Parmesan. This variation offers a complex and indulgent flavor profile, perfect for cheese enthusiasts.
Tips and Suggestions
- Perfecting the Crust: Pre-bake the crust for a few minutes before adding the filling to prevent it from becoming soggy. You can also brush the crust with a beaten egg to create a protective barrier.
- Balancing Fillings: Ensure a balance of moisture in the filling to prevent a watery quiche. For ingredients like vegetables, sauté them beforehand to remove excess water.
- Optimal Egg Mixture: Whisk the eggs and cream thoroughly to create a smooth and well-incorporated mixture. This ensures a consistent texture throughout the quiche.
- Cheese Distribution: Distribute cheese evenly throughout the quiche to ensure every bite has a delightful cheesy flavor. Consider reserving a portion of the cheese to sprinkle on top for a golden finish.
- Flavor Layering: Experiment with layering flavors. For example, placing ingredients like sautéed onions or bacon at the bottom can infuse the entire quiche with their delicious essence.
- Fresh Herbs for Brightness: Fresh herbs can add brightness and aroma. Consider adding them towards the end of the filling preparation or as a garnish for a burst of fresh flavor.
- Preventing Over-Browning: If the crust or top of the quiche is browning too quickly, cover it with aluminum foil during baking to prevent over-browning while the filling cooks through.
- Fresh vs. Frozen Ingredients: While fresh ingredients are fantastic, frozen vegetables or pre-cooked meats can be convenient and work well. Just make sure to thaw and drain excess moisture before use.
- Temperature and Timing: Pay attention to the oven temperature and baking time. A slightly lower temperature can help prevent over-browning, and a toothpick should come out clean from the center when the quiche is done.
- Resting Period: Allow the quiche to rest for a few minutes after baking. This makes it easier to slice, and the flavors have time to meld together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make a quiche ahead of time?
Yes, I bake my crust a few days ahead of time and leave it covered at room temperature. What I enjoy most about this recipe is that you can bake the quiche and keep it covered and refrigerated for three days.
What is the best way to reheat quiche?
Cover with foil and bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Can this quiche be frozen?
Yes! Allow it to cool completely before covering it with plastic wrap. Or wrap it in two layers of foil. Remove from the freezer, peel off the plastic, cover with foil, and bake at 350 °F for about 20 minutes, or until warmed through.
Can I make this quiche crustless?
Keep the ratios of eggs to milk and cream and add the fillings to an empty dish. Then pour the egg mixture over the fillings. Bake for about 45–50 minutes until the quiche is cooked through and just slightly wobbly in the very center.
Basic Quiche Recipe
- 1 pie pan
- 1 pie crust
- 5 large eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream or whipping cream
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- fillings of choice
- Prepare Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll pie crust out and fit into 9 inch pie dish. Trim any excess crust and flute the edges.
- Blind Bake Crust: Line the inside of the pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or beans. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes. Remove the weights and then bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. The crust will be golden.
- Prepare the egg mixture: add the eggs to a large measuring cup. Add the heavy cream, then add the milk, the total measurement of the eggs, cream and milk should come to 2 and 1/2 cups. Add the salt and pepper.
- Mix: using a whisk until combine you don't want to make it to frothy by using a hand mixer you just want to make sure the eggs, milk and cream are combined
- Add Fillings: Spread the desired fillings on the bottom of the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture on top.
- Bake: Bake the quiche at 350℉ degrees for about 45-50 minutes. The quiche will be slightly wobbly in just the center.
- Cool: Allow to cool for about 20 minutes to room temperature. Quiche can be served warm, cold, or room temperature.