Cheese And Scallion Quiche

Cheese And Scallion Quiche
I've been bitten by the cooking bug, scouring cookbooks and spending my free time in the kitchen. Recently I made this quiche with fresh scallions cut from the garden.

Once you discover how easy a quiche is to prepare you can use this recipe to explore adding other flavorings such as bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms or bell pepper.

The pie crust for this recipe uses butter as the fat. This gives it an exceptionally flaky texture and rich flavor. Pate Brisee is the French term for this crust. Other pie crust recipes will work. I've even used pre-made crusts when I'm in a hurry.

Ingredients

Instructions


To make the pastry combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon sugar in a food processor and pulse to mix. Add the chunks of butter to the food processor. Pulse until well blended and crumbly.

With the processor running add the water 1 tablespoon at a time. Pulse until the flour is moistened and workable. It's ready when you can pinch the crumbles and they hold together.

If you don't have a food processor, sift the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter or two knives to blend the butter into the dry ingredients. Sprinkle with water and mix with a fork until a dough forms.

Scoop the dough out onto a floured surface and gently form a disk. Wrap it in plastic and chill for about 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out into a circle large enough to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Line the pie pan with the pastry dough. Cut away the excess and crimp the edges. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Don't skip this step; it helps the pie crust keep it's shape while baking.

Pierce the bottom of the pastry with a fork, cover with aluminum foil and weigh down with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the pie shell from the oven. Take away the pie weights and foil. Be careful as these will be hot. Return the pie shell to the oven for another 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove pie shell and set aside to cool.

While the pie shell is cooling, make your filling. In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs, half and half, nutmeg, cheese, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the center is fully set.

Notes

Time to prepare: 1 hour, 50 minutes.

Serves 6.

Comments

  • connect65 says:

    the only thing missing is pour filling in prepared pie crust then bake

    January 3, 2013 05:10pm

  • lorettafw@gmail.com says:

    Confusing recipe. Which ingredients go to filling and which for crust?

    February 28, 2012 12:40pm

  • sundevilpeg says:

    Allen, the ingredients in this recipe need to be grouped into "Pastry" and "Filling" groups - as written, it is impossible to tell what goes where. PLEASE re-edit!!

    December 30, 2011 07:36pm

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