Ingredients for 4 to 6 people :
– 200 gr [7 oz] lardoons (diced bacon)
– 6 eggs
– 20 cl [7 fl oz] single cream
– 60 gr [2 oz] of thinly semi soft cheese
– 1 tomatoe
– 1 Tbspoon of Dijon mustard
– salt, pepper & grated nutmeg
Shortcrust pastry :
– 200 gr [7oz] plain flour
– 100 gr [31/2 oz] butter (unsalted)
– 5 to 10 cl water [2 to 3 fl oz]
– 1 pinch of salt
If you chose to make your own pastry :
In an electric mixer, put the flour and the salt ; turn mixer on and add the butter cut in small cubes while mixing for another 15 seconds ; still mixing, add the first 3 spoons of water and then one by one slowly until the dough becomes a ball. Stop adding water right away (the ball must not stick). Leave the paste in a salad bowl for at least 30 minutes (with a bit of flour on bottom).
Make the Quiche :
1-Pre-heat oven 200°C/400°C ; butter the pie dishes ; cut the tomatoe into thin slices.
2- Spread directly the pastry in the pie dishes with your fingers (using flour to help, push dough from middle to sides of dishes). Let the pastry stand a bit higher than the dish edge.
3- Bake the pastry for 5 to 10 minutes ; get them out before they shrink, adjust sides if needed. 4- Fry the lardoons in a pan, stirring occasionally, until they get brown and crisp.
5- In the meantime, beat the eggs with a fork in a bowl and add the cream and seasonning.
6- Pour the lardoons in the beaten eggs, leaving the fat from cooking inside the pan ; beat again to mix.
7- For each pie dish, brush the case with the Dijon mustard, cover with sliced cheese, then with sliced toamatoe ; pour the eggs mixture on top (devide equally the lardoons).
8- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes if unitary pie dish ; add 10 minutes if you use a one single large dish.
Serve warm in the individual pie dish, ideally with a lettuce.
TRICK : you can chose to buy the crust or a puff pastry for a gain of time and facility reasons. Your quiche will become much easier and quicker to make, while staying a very good recipe…