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Quiche Lorraine

It may be French in origin but Quiche Lorraine is a global favourite. We revisit the classic and update it with a crunchy shortcrust pastry.

By Adelaide Lucas
  • Serves 4 - 6
Quiche Lorraine

It may be French in origin but quiche is a global favourite. We revisit this classic as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ingredients

  • 150 gm speck, coarsely chopped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 ml pouring cream (1 cup)
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Shortcrust pastry
  • 300 gm plain flour, sieved, plus extra for dusting
  • 175 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 egg
Green salad
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 100 gm mixed baby leaves

Method

  • 1
    For shortcrust pastry, combine flour and 1 tsp sea salt in a bowl, then rub in butter with your fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, or pulse in a food processor. Add egg and mix (or process) until just combined. Turn pastry out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently until smooth. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2-3 hours to rest and chill.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 200C, and butter and flour a 20cm-diameter loose-bottomed flan tin. Roll pastry on a lightly floured work surface to 5mm thick, line flan tin and refrigerate to rest and chill (20 minutes). Trim pastry, leaving 5mm above rim of tin, prick base with a fork, line with baking paper and blind-bake for 15 minutes. Remove paper and weights, and bake until pastry is golden (10-12 minutes).
  • 3
    Reduce oven to 150C. Fry speck in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat until golden (4-5 minutes). Drain on paper towels, then scatter speck over base of pastry case. Combine egg yolks, eggs, cream and nutmeg in a bowl, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, whisk to combine, then pour mixture over speck and bake until set (30-40 minutes). Stand to cool briefly (about 10 minutes) before removing quiche from flan tin.
  • 4
    For green salad, whisk olive oil, vinegar and mustard in a bowl and season to taste, then add salad leaves, toss to combine and serve with slices of quiche.
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  • Author: Adelaide Lucas