My kids love quiche. Hot or cold, they devour them. I don’t make them too often, usually for special occasions like birthdays, 4th July, Christmas Eve etc. Quiches are quick and easy and cost next to nothing to make. The key to a good quiche is a creamy, custard filling, not one that tastes like a baked omelette on pastry! I have found that the addition of mayonnaise, as strange as that might sound, definitely helps with the creamy texture that is found in a good quiche. I have played with more cream, sour cream, you name it, but the mayonnaise is better. Sour cream is suited more to a cheese souffle.
This recipe is sufficient for 2 large quiches. I always make mine in batches of 2. One is never enough and if there are any left overs, then you can always freeze them.
- 8 large eggs
- Half a large onion, diced
- 8oz grated strong cheddar
- 1 1/2 cups half and half (you could use full cream or milk if prefer)
- 1/2 cup of diced ham
- 2 tablespoons of good mayonnaise
- pinch of salt and a couple of shakes of pepper
You can either use ready made pastry or make a shortcrust pastry as below
- 8oz all purpose (plain) flour
- 4oz cold diced butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ice cold water to bind
I used to make pastry by hand, but these days I put it in the food processor. All ingredients except water, give it a whizz until the butter resembles tiny peas and is blended in flour and add enough ice cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together. Put the pastry in a ziplock bag in the fridge for an hour to rest and then take it out about 10 minutes before you want to start rolling it.
- Dice onion small and set to one side.
- Dice ham small and set to one side.
- Grate the cheese and set to one side.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the half and half along with the salt and pepper. Leave this mixture to rest about 5 minutes or so.
- Add the mayonnaise to the egg mixture and beat in for a minute until it is completely incorporated. You might still see a few tiny blobs of mayonnaise. Don’t worry about this, it will go once cooked. Leave the mixture to rest a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the cheese, onions and ham.
- Roll out your pastry and line your baking dishes or tin cake pans with the pastry.
- Pour half of the mixture into one dish and the other half into the second.
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown on the top.