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The Best broccoli, ham and cheese quiche- savory pie
Thursday, 22 December 2011 | posted by Simply bakes

I love cooking just as much as baking. On some nights, my mum would give me the honour of cooking dinner for my family:) I always feel a sense of satisfaction when i dice onions. Its kind of therapeutic if you ask me unless of course you start crying in the middle of the process haha. 

So for lunch one day, i decided to make a quiche. It is quick, easy and the perfect lunch recipe idea. A quiche is a kind of savory pastry dessert with an egg custard filling and pie pastry. Its is quite versatile in terms of what kind of ingredients you want to put inside your egg custard filling. You can put spinach, fresh tomatoes or hams to whatever you can find in your pantry really. You can also choose between  pâte brisée  (pie pastry) or pâte sucrée (Sweet tart dough) for the crust. Some people like using sweet tart dough but i prefer using pate brisee for savory pies like quiche while pate sucree for fruit tarts or sweet desserts with a cream filling.

I recently came across this Perfect all-butter pie crust recipe from SimplyRecipes and i was truly blown away by it. I don't know if it's because of the Lurpak butter i used (It was on offer!) that made it so tender, flaky and crisp but it could be, no the best pie dough i have done so far. It has a hint of saltiness which i love and has the most amazing buttery smell and taste possible. Forget about the fat content in there, it's all worth it for a good and hearty meal:D

This lunch was so good, my sister's jaws literally dropped to the floor after taking the first bite. She told me that she was stunned for a moment because she couldn't believe that i could be so successful on my very first savory bake. Even my father praised me for it:D This quiche is really packed full with flavors. Every bite is just perfectly seasoned warm comfort food. I especially love the addition of cheddar cheese into the quiche. Whatever you do, don't miss out in the cheese! I used a combination of luncheon meat and sausages instead of ham because it has more flavor and saltier compared to picnic ham. Maybe some bacon would have been nice too huh? Everything is good with bacon haha.

When it was fresh out of the oven, i realised that there was water on top of the quiche which made it real hard to slice the quiche neatly. The water is because the vegetables will produce water while cooking in the oven so it is advisable to squeeze dry your cooked vegetables before putting them into the tart. I don't know about you but i am certain i have just made a delicious and nutritious meal for me and my family and i am sure you would too.

All butter-pie crust recipe: (you will only need half the pie dough)

Quiche filling:
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup small broccoli florets
1/4 cup spinach
1/4 cup onions, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
150g of diced luncheon meat, sausage and mushrooms (you can be flexible with the ratio or put in more or less meat if you like
1/2-1 whole tomato
2 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon ground
2 tbsp fresh parsley or corriander

1) Make the pie crust and let it rest in the refrigerator while you proceed on with the filling
2) Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celcius
3) Boil broccoli and spinach. Squeeze dry the vegetables and set aside.
4) Saute onion and garlic together. Add the meat and stir well until thoroughly cooked.
5) In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper nutmeg and coriander together
6) Using the egg mixture as egg wash, brush the egg wash over the pie crust and blind bake it in the oven for         10 minutes.
7)Then, take the pie crust out of the oven and spread the shredded cheddar cheese over the pie crust. Combine the vegetables and meat together and spread them on top of the cheese evenly.
8) Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables carefully.
9)Cut the tomatoes and scrape out all the seeds inside (soft parts with high water content). Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on top of the filling. Sprinkle over a little coriander and a dash of pepper.
10) Place the quiche on top of a hot baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes.
11) Cool completely and serve.

Cling wrap the dish if any leftovers and pop slices of quiche in the microwave and heat on high heat for 1-1.5 minutes.

Serves 8. Enjoy!

With Love, Simply Bakes


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I am a 16 year old living in Singapore. This blog is to document my entire baking endeavor and to share with you guys out there recipes and my baking experience. Feel free to ask me any questions, just click 'comment' below each post. Looking forward to the holidays!

Love, SimplyBakes

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