1. Melt butter in a pan and add chopped onions. Cook until it is soft and leave it to cool down.
  2. Mix the eggs, cream, milk, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Add sliced ham, shredded Swiss cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. When the onions are slightly cold, add them to the mix.
  5. Put the filling into the pie crust.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes.
  8. Cool for about 20 minutes to room temperature.
  9. Serve and enjoy your delicious quiche!

Have you always wanted to learn how to cook quiche? Now is the time to do it.
Don’t worry, cooking quiche is not that complicated. Just follow our tricks and tips.
You will also see how to cook quiche crust from scratch.

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Quiche is a delicious egg pie. It was created in France, in 1805, and even to today it’s the classic dish of French cuisine.

Quiche as a dish has a rich history. The first time the English used a meal called “quiche Lorraine” was in 1925.

After World War II, this meal became very popular in England. To make this dish, people would mix eggs and smoked bacon into cream.

Some men refused to eat quiche because it had mostly vegetarian ingredients. They would often say “Real men don’t eat quiche!” because they prefered the steak.

Another interesting fact that many people don’t know about is that this dish was actually discovered in the Middle Age in Germany.

Under German rule, in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, “Kuchen” was discovered. The German word Kuchen means cake, and quiche is nothing more than that, a tiny, but savory cake.

Later, it showed up in France and became a part of their brand and their cuisine. French people enhanced the meal with fresh ingredients such as fish and vegetables. Instead of robust taste, quiche got a fresh and delicious taste.

quiche on the plate
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Today, quiche is a small, delicious pie that has savory custard, which is a combination of eggs, cream cheese, meat, fish, and vegetables.

The base is always milk, cream, and eggs. Then you can add all kinds of different ingredients to it like meat, seafood, vegetables, cheese, ham, bacon, and all kinds of spices, etc. You have the freedom to experiment with it and choose your own ingredients. If you are a vegetarian, you can also cook quiche without the meat.

People love to cook quiche because it is easy to make and it is very delicious.

Quiche is a very practical dish to make since it can be served hot or cold. But if you choose to serve the meal at room temperature, it will have the best taste.

You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. You can even use it as a snack. Because of this, quiche is very popular around the world.

Depending on what you put in quiche, there can be many variations of this dish. The most popular type of quiche is Lorraine.

You can also cook quiche in many different pans like a pie plate, cake pan, springform pan, tart pan, or brownie pan. It is completely up to you and your imagination.

What is the milk-to-egg ratio?

Many avoid making quiche because custard ends up being either watery or too thick. To avoid that you can do two things.

  • Don’t use just milk or just cream. Use both and you will avoid the thickness issues.
  • Know the milk-to-egg ratio. For every egg that you use, you need enough milk and cream to fill half of a cup. So, when you put two eggs in a cup, you need to add enough milk and cream to fill the whole cup. Bottom line, one egg – half a cup.

Another important thing is to use a hand mixer. This will help the eggs to mix well and get a creamy custard.

How do you know when the quiche is done?

There are a couple of things you can do here. When the quiche seems to be done, grab the baking dish and shake the dish back and forth.

While you are doing this, observe the center, if it jiggles or it seems loose, it is not done yet. If it is still, it is done.

Another trick consists of stabbing the center of the quiche with a knife. When you pull it out, if it’s covered with any food, it is not done. If it is clean, the dish is done.

The last thing you can do is to use a food thermometer. Quiche is done when it is between 165 and 185 degrees. If it is under 165, keep on baking it.

Also, keep in mind that you have to bake your quiche on the bottom rack. The crust will be brown and gold in color, but also crispy.

quiche on the wooden plate
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Do you need to “blind-bake” the crust?

Absolutely. If you don’t do the blind baking before filling, the crust will absorb the custard and it won’t be crispy.

Another important thing that will prevent the crust from becoming soggy is the way you use your vegetables.

If you use vegetables in the custard, make sure to dry them as much as you can. Some vegetables contain a lot of water and they tend to release it when they are cooked. So, any additional moist should be squeezed out.

When it comes to blind-baking, the first thing you need to do is to prepare the crust in the dish.

Then put parchment paper or foil over it and fill it with some weight, for example, dry beans.

This will ensure that the crust has a nice shape but also that it will bake evenly. Remember not to poke holes in the crust at all because the custard might leak.

Can you use quiche leftovers later?

Not only you can use the leftovers, but you can also make the whole dish ahead of time.

Bake it, cool it for about two hours, put it in the fridge. You can keep it in the fridge for about two days

Then, when you need to serve it, cover it with foil, put it in the oven at 325 degrees, and heat up for about 15 minutes.

You can even freeze the quiche. When you need it, just cover with foil and heat at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Is quiche healthy?

Quiche has a lot of nutritional benefits. It has a lot of proteins because it is prepared with eggs. If you add meat, it will contain even more proteins.

Since quiche always has some kind of vegetable, it can be very rich in fiber. And fiber is very important for digestion but also to keep you full for a long period of time.

Since eggs are an essential part of quiche, there is a lot of vitamin B, calcium, iron, and zinc.

However, even though they are very tasty, the crust and the cheese are not really such a healthy choice.

For that reason, you can limit the cheese you add to your filling. Or you can choose the cheese with less fat in it. When it comes to the crust, you can always make a crustless quiche.

Just pour the quiche filling into the pie dish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for about 45 minutes. It is practically the same recipe, only without the crust part.

quiche in the baking pan
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RECIPE

Quick and easy ham and cheese quiche

You can cook quiche with various ingredients like bacon, mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.

Keep in mind that most of the veggies, alongside the meat, must be pre-cooked, before adding them to the quiche filling.

Here we have a recipe for you. Except for the onions, you don’t need any pre-cooking. That is why this cheesy and delicious quiche is simple and easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

For the pie crust:

  • 1 large egg.
  • 1 and a half cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 2 and a half tbsp ice water.
  • 1/2 tsp salt.
  • 10 tsp unsalted butter.

For the savory custard:

  • 5 eggs.
  • approx. 1/2 cup heavy cream.
  • approx. 3/4 cup milk.
  • 1/2 medium onion.
  • 1 tbsp butter.
  • 1/4 tsp salt.
  • 1 and a half cup ham.
  • 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese.
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese.

HOW TO COOK QUICHE

First, let’s see how to cook quiche crust.

  1. Mix the egg and the ice water in one bowl.
  2. Add the flour and the salt to the food processor.
  3. Chop butter into small pieces and add into the food processor.
  4. Add the egg mixture and mix it all.
  5. Roll the mixture on the floured board to the size of your pan.
  6. Put the dough on the pan and press gently to fit the pan.
  7. Cut off the dough that’s hanging over the edges.
  8. Freeze it for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. Take it out of the freezer and put the pie weights on.
  10.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees and blind bake the crust for about 7 minutes.

After blind-baking the crust your quiche crust is ready for filling. Now, let’s see how to cook quiche filling and then put it together with the crust.

  1. Melt butter in a pan and add chopped onions. Cook until it is soft and leave it to cool down.
  2. Mix the eggs, cream, milk, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Add sliced ham, shredded Swiss cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. When the onions are slightly cold, add them to the mix.
  5. Put the filling into the pie crust.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes.
  8. Cool for about 20 minutes to room temperature.
  9. Serve and enjoy your delicious quiche!
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