MUSHROOM, BACON AND SPINACH QUICHE with permutations on filling.

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It’s nevertheless the case that ready made pastry is more effective to get than flour in maximum places, and it’s supreme for a quick quiche.

The ready rolled shortcrust pastry inside the United Kingdom is to be had in an oblong shape.  In France it is spherical.  (The only oblong pastry you must acquire in France is a gasp pastry, that may be very useful for sausage rolls.)

Inside of the United Kingdom you each get a squareish brick of unrolled pastry or an oblong if it is rolled.  Thankfully you may additionally acquire an oblong loose-bottomed tart tin exactly the appropriate measurement for ready rolled UK pastry.  I’m wondering which were given right here first – the tin or the dough?

For this quiche I used mushrooms, bacon, onion, spinach and Cheddar cheese alternatively the possible permutations are infinite.

A quiche will regularly include onion and cheese along with the other flavours.  When you shouldn’t have an onion a thin smear of onion chutney or each different chutney over the pastry will also be delicious instead.  I in recent years spotted a recipe for a quiche product of merely Branston pickle and Cheddar cheese – it appeared and sounded delicious.

When you shouldn’t have Cheddar cheese just about each different cheese will do; grated parmesan, crumbled feta, crumbled Cheshire or blue cheese, sliced goats cheese, Brie or Camembert are all delicious.  Instead of spinach leaves you should use calmly cooked sprigs of broccoli.  Or asparagus……the season is just about proper right here.  Peas are just right too.

Moderately than the bacon you should use bits of ham, cooked sausage, cooked chicken or cooked salmon.  The diversities are infinite – regardless that be careful what you set jointly – undecided Branston pickle and salmon would paintings!

Elements

1 pack ready made, ready rolled shortcrust pastry, at room temperature*

4 rashers smoked streaky bacon (or any bacon you could have), sliced into chunks

1 onion, chopped

a very good handful of mushrooms, white, brown or a mixture, sliced (now not too thin)

a handful of spinach leaves, rinsed

Cheddar cheese for grating

3 eggs

a spoonful or dollop of double cream (or crème fraiche)

about 200ml milk

Technique

Preheat the oven to 180C / 160 fan.  Grease an oblong or massive round tart tin or flan dish, unroll the pastry, line the tin and trim the sides.  Use the paper from the packet to line the pastry case, fill with baking beans and blind bake for 15 minutes.

While the pastry is cooking, fry the onion and bacon in fairly oil until comfortable (now not too brown).  Remove from the pan and upload the mushrooms.  Prepare dinner dinner until comfortable.

When the pastry is cooked, remove from the oven, remove and discard the paper.  Reduce the oven temperature to 160C / 140 fan.  Get ready the onion, bacon and mushrooms frivolously over the pastry then lay the spinach leaves over the top.  Sprinkle with grated cheese, as so much as you need to taste.

Put the eggs proper right into a jug and beat.  Upload the cream or crème fraiche and beat jointly.  Season with salt and pepper and upload enough milk to make up to 400ml.  Mix jointly and pour gently over the filling.  It’s best not to over fill and feature some liquid left over fairly than it overflow.  Get ready some slices of tomato or pepper at the best possible to decorate while you like.

Go back to the oven and bake for 30-40 mins until correctly browned and the filling is just about set.  It should have a slight wobble inside the heart and will company up as it cools.

Serve warmth or at room temperature.

Cuts into 6-8 portions.

*The pastry will crack while you try to unroll it instantly from the refrigerator.  Bringing it up to room temperature (about 30 minutes out of the refrigerator) will make it further pliable and more effective to unroll.

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