The mother of all quiches…. A homemade Quiche Lorraine is one of those things reserved for special occasions that puts store bought to shame. Surprise yourself with how easy it is to make a homemade quiche crust – or make life easy using frozen pastry or a pre prepared pie crust.
I can’t remember when I made my first quiche, but I can tell you for sure that it was a Quiche Lorraine. Because just as Pork Carnitas are the King of Taco Carts, Quiche Lorraine is surely the Queen of all savoury tarts.
Bacon. Surely it’s the bacon. I mean, how could a Zucchini Quiche possibly ever compete? 😉
Did you know…
This is not a REAL Quiche Lorraine. This is Quiche Lorraine as it is known outside of France. 🙂
As with many traditional dishes, once it leaves the country of origin, it tends to evolve. The filling for traditional Quiche Lorraine, very strictly speaking, is made only with bacon, eggs and cream/creme fraiche. If you add anything else to it, the French say it ain’t a Quiche Lorraine anymore! 😂
So basically, I break the rules and the French may be cursing me. But this is the Quiche Lorraine flavour that will be familiar to those who live outside of France, that I have always known and loved.
The onion adds more savoury flavour. I can’t help adding garlic to that – because when I sauté onion in butter, I add garlic like I’m on auto pilot.
As for adding cheese… I truly cannot image quiche without cheese. I have never had quiche without cheese!
Let’s talk pastry!!!
3 years ago when I first published this Quiche Lorraine recipe, I stated honestly that I usually make quiche with store bought frozen pastry.
Times have changed. Being a full time food blogger rather than a time poor corporate gal has brought a new appreciation for the beauty of homemade.
In the 5 years since I left corporate, I’ve had the luxury of more time to make and compare homemade pastry to store bought. And there is simply no comparison.
Homemade is buttery and flaky in a way that store bought never will be.
And the thing is – it’s so darn easy using a food processor. The dough comes together in mere minutes – flour, butter, salt, water, blitz = ball of soft dough ready for baking.
After chilling. 🙂 Chill = butter in dough firms up again = the flaky quiche crust you know and love.
It’s really hard to capture how buttery and flaky the homemade shortcrust pastry is in a photo, but here’s my attempt. 🙂 The pastry is crispy yet soft enough for the fork to cut through with barely any effort. Just as shortcrust pastry should be!
So here is my Quiche Lorraine recipe. There have been minor improvements since I first published it, streamlining the steps and explaining them more clearly. Most notably, the addition of a recipe video which I hope shows how simply the homemade quiche crust is to make, and how beautifully custardy the filling is!
Happy weekend everyone! A great one for a brunch? With……QUICHE?? 😉 Oh…and I believe Mother’s Day is around the corner… 🤔 – Nagi x
PS Pictured below with this Kale and Quinoa Salad which I happened to have in the fridge because it’s one of the few salads I know that keeps well for days and days.
A classic Quiche Lorraine with a gorgeous smooth filling loaded with bacon. Make this with my EASY shortcrust pastry (recipe below) or use store bought - your choice! The measures in this recipe work with both US and metric (rest of world!) measures.
Quiche is a brilliant make ahead because it's one of those things that truly reheats well without compromise - see notes. Recipe VIDEO below.
- 1 quiche crust, homemade or store bought (see separate recipe below)
- 1 tbsp / 15g butter
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped (~1/2 cup)
- 200 g / 6.5 oz bacon, cut into small strips (1.5 x 0.5cm / 2/3" x 1/5")
- 4 eggs (~55- 65g / 2 oz each)
- 300ml / 1 1/4 cups heavy cream (thickened cream) (Note 1)
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- 1 1/4 cups / 150g grated gruyere cheese (or tasty, cheddar, monterey jack)
- 50g / 2 oz bacon, chopped and cooked until golden
Make the quiche crust per the separate recipe below (also see video) or use frozen shortcrust pastry (recipe below) or a store bought pre cooked prepared pie crust.
Preheat oven to 200C/390F (standard) or 180C/350F (fan / convection).
Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic and bacon. Cook until bacon is light golden.
Transfer to a paper towel lined bowl and leave to cool.
Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Scatter cooled Bacon Filling evenly across base of cooked quiche crust.
Scatter cheese evenly across top.
Carefully pour Egg mixture over the top. Push some of the cheese/bacon below the surface.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until the top is golden. The centre should still jiggly.
Garnish with Extra Bacon, if using. Rest for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cut and serve.
1. This recipe works really great with any full fat cream. Please don't use low fat / fat reduced cream because you will risk the filling not setting. I like to use heavy / thickened cream (for whipping or pouring) with 35%+ fat content.
2. Pictured in post with this Kale and Quinoa Salad which I happened to have on hand because it's one of the few salads I know that keeps well for days and days.
3. MAKE AHEAD: Quiche is brilliant reheated. Keep for 3 - 4 days in the fridge then reheat for 15 minutes at 180C/350F in the oven. Or freeze, then defrost a slice for 2 minutes on high in the microwave then bake for 8 minutes.
4. Nutrition per slice, assuming 8 slices with homemade pastry. This does not take into account the drained bacon fat so the calories and fat are slightly higher than they actually are.
This is a great, EASY classic shortcrust pastry recipe made using a food processor, very slightly adapted from this recipe by Emeril Lagasse. This is the recipe I've been using for years and years, and it has never failed me! It does not have egg in it (some recipes do), which makes it crisper and more buttery, yet soft enough to cut through with a fork with barely any effort. The measures in this recipe work with both US and metric (rest of world!) measures.
See note for using frozen shortcrust pastry.
- 1 1/4 cups / 185g plain white flour (all purpose flour)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 100 g / 7 tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1cm/ 1/3" cubes
- 2 1/2 tbsp ice cold water (+ more as required)
Place flour, salt and butter in a food processor.
Pulse 10 times or until it looks like breadcrumbs.
With the motor running on low, pour 2.5 tbsp of water into the tube feeder.
Turn up to high and blitz for 30 seconds or until it turns into a ball of dough. Initially it will look like breadcrumbs, then it will turn into a ball of soft dough - some random escaped bits is fine. If it doesn't look like its coming together at 20 seconds, add another 1/2 tbsp of water. Don't blitz longer than 30 seconds at most.
Form a disc, wrap in cling wrap. If there are escaped crumble bits, that's fine - just press them in. Refrigerate for 1 - 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 200C/390F (standard) or 180C/350F (convection / fan forced)
Sprinkle work surface with flour, unwrap dough and place on the flour. Sprinkle top with flour, then roll out into a 27cm/11" round.
Gently roll the pastry so it wraps around the rolling pin.
Unroll it over the quiche pan - 23cm / 9".
Press the pastry into the edges of the quiche pan, patching up edges if required (if pastry doesn't quite reach top of rim).
Place a large piece of parchment paper over the pastry, then fill with baking beads or lots of rice or dried beans to weight it down (stops base from puffing up and helps reduce pastry shrinkage).
Bake for 20 minutes.
Use excess paper to CAREFULLY remove hot beads from quiche pan, then return to oven for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven when light golden and proceed with Quiche Lorraine recipe above. The pastry will not be fully cooked but it finishes cooking with the filling. It's cooked enough so the crust will not go soggy.
If using store bought frozen shortcrust pastry, you will need 2 sheets (standard Australian square sheets). Thaw then line the 2 sheets together so they are overlapping slightly and press down firmly to seal. Then press into the pan and start from step 10.
Originally published August 2016, updated with new photos, slightly better filling and most importantly, a recipe video!
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LIFE OF DOZER
Giving me those “pity” eyes….no Quiche for Dozer!