How to Make Epic Breakfast Quiche

Those who are looking for a breakfast dish that is trustworthy and never fails to impress should familiarize themselves with the skill of creating quiche. Compared to a casserole, the savory pie with an egg-based custard-like filling is elevated to a higher level.

How to Make Epic Breakfast Quiche
How to Make Epic Breakfast Quiche

This is due to the fact that the crust is flaky, and the pie plate is presented in a manner that is consistent with this flaky consistency. The filling of a quiche that is genuinely great is the most crucial component, with the crust being the second most significant component. The filling should be creamy and have a crisp edge.

If you use an excessive amount of milk, the custard will not set properly; on the other hand, if you use an insufficient amount, the custard will get tough while it is baking. One of the most important steps in creating the perfect filling is determining the appropriate proportion of milk to eggs. You will learn the skills required to cook quiche with ease by following the Test Kitchen’s guidelines.

How to Make Quiche Crust

You have alternatives when it comes to pie crust for quiche, just like you do with any pie. You can make a crust from scratch (we recommend our Pastry for Single-Crust Pie), use a pie crust that has been refrigerated and not baked (which costs $5 at Target), or use a pie dough that has been frozen and already made (which costs $3 at Target).

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Here is how to prepare your quiche crust, whether you choose to make it at home or store it in the refrigerator. To avoid having a gummy pastry, you should always prebake the quiche crust, as you will see in the next paragraphs.

Making a quiche crust is quite straightforward! Here’s a basic recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3-4 tablespoons of ice water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Ingredients: Ensure all your ingredients are cold. Cube the butter and keep it in the fridge until needed. Also, have ice water ready.
  2. Combine Flour and Salt: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  3. Incorporate butter: Add the cold butter cubes to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingertips to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. The goal is to have pea-sized pieces of butter throughout.
  4. Add Water: Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Gently mix the dough using a fork or your hands. Add an additional tablespoon of ice water if needed, but be cautious not to overwork the dough. It should just hold together when pressed.
  5. Form a disk: Gather the dough and shape it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Chilling allows the dough to rest and makes it easier to roll out.
  6. Roll Out the Dough: Preheat your oven to the temperature specified in your quiche recipe. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll the chilled dough into a circle, about 12 inches in diameter (slightly larger than your pie dish), turning the dough occasionally and adding more flour to prevent sticking.
  7. Transfer to a Pie Dish: Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough to a pie dish. Gently press it into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any excess dough hanging over the edge of the pie dish.
  8. Chill Again (Optional): You can chill the crust in the pie dish for about 15-20 minutes before baking to help prevent it from shrinking while baking.
  9. Blind Bake (if necessary): Depending on your quiche recipe, you might need to blind bake the crust. To blind bake, line the crust with parchment paper or foil and fill it with pie weights, dried beans, or rice to prevent it from puffing up. Bake in the preheated oven according to the recipe instructions until the edges are lightly golden.
  10. Fill and Bake: Once blind baked, or if your recipe doesn’t require it, fill the crust with your quiche filling and bake according to your recipe’s instructions.

 

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How to Make Quiche Filling

For the classic Quiche Lorraine, which involves multiple steps like cooking bacon, sautéing onions, preparing a custard-like mixture, and possibly prepping cheese if using blocks, here’s a detailed breakdown:

Preparation Steps:

  1. Quiche Crust: Begin by preparing the crust, shaping it into the pie dish, and pre-baking it partially. This process can take some time in the oven, offering an opportunity to manage the filling prep.
  2. Cooking Bacon and Onion: While the crust pre-bakes, cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Remove the bacon, leaving the rendered fat in the pan, and sauté the onions in the same skillet until they’re soft and golden. These steps contribute to the savory flavor profile of the Quiche Lorraine.
  3. Prepare Cheese and Custard Mixture: If using block cheese, shred it and toss it with a bit of flour. This helps evenly distribute the cheese in the quiche. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk or cream to create the custard base for the quiche.
  4. Assemble the Filling: As the crust finishes pre-baking, assemble the filling ingredients directly into the crust. Layer the cooked bacon, sautéed onions, and prepared cheese evenly within the crust.
  5. Pour Custard Mixture: Once the filling ingredients are in place, carefully pour the egg and milk mixture over the assembled filling, ensuring it spreads uniformly.
  6. Bake: Transfer the assembled quiche to the oven and bake until the filling is set and the crust achieves a golden-brown hue.

Personalization and timing:

For quicker fillings, like a spinach and mushroom quiche, where the ingredients might not require extensive pre-cooking, simultaneous preparation of the filling while pre-baking the crust is feasible. This flexibility allows for efficient time management based on the complexity of the filling components.

The beauty of making quiche lies in adapting the process to suit the chosen filling. Whether it involves pre-cooking components or assembling swiftly, managing the sequence ensures a flavorful, well-cooked quiche that matches personal tastes and preferences.

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Bake the Quiche

Following the removal of the pastry from the oven, you should have already reduced the temperature of the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit so that it is ready to be used in the completion of your quiche.

Ingredients:

  • Prepared quiche crust
  • Quiche filling (commonly includes eggs, milk or cream, cheese, vegetables, and/or meat)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Filling: Have your quiche filling ready. This can be a mixture of beaten eggs, milk or cream, cheese, sautéed vegetables, cooked bacon, ham, or any other ingredients you prefer in your quiche.

  2. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to the temperature specified in your quiche recipe. Typically, it’s around 375°F (190°C).

  3. Prepare Crust: If you’ve prepared and pre-baked a crust (as mentioned in the previous steps), make sure it’s ready in your pie dish.

  4. Add Filling: Spread your chosen filling evenly over the pre-baked crust.

  5. Bake: Place the quiche in the preheated oven and bake according to your recipe’s instructions. Generally, quiches bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, but the time may vary based on the depth of the filling and your oven’s specifics.

  6. Check for doneness: The quiche is done when the center is set. You can test this by gently jiggling the dish; the center should be firm but still have a slight wobble. A knife inserted into the center should come out clean. The crust should be golden brown.

  7. Rest and Serve: Once baked, remove the quiche from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing. This allows the custard to set a bit more.

  8. Serve: Enjoy your freshly baked quiche! It’s delicious served warm or at room temperature.

Now that you have your exceptional quiche as the highlight of your brunch menu, all you need to do is work out the rest of the items on the menu. You can finish off the feast by selecting your preferred coffee drinks or cocktails for brunch, as well as breads for brunch.

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Egg Casserole Recipes

Eggs serve as a versatile foundation for a variety of casseroles that transcend mealtime boundaries, seamlessly transitioning from breakfast to dinner. Their rich protein content not only imparts satiety but also makes them an ideal ingredient for hearty and satisfying meals.

For breakfast, a fluffy and cheese-infused egg casserole dotted with vibrant veggies like bell peppers, spinach, or tomatoes is a delightful way to start the day. Pair it with a side of roasted potatoes or a fresh fruit salad for a balanced morning feast.

Come lunchtime, an egg-based frittata loaded with mushrooms, onions, and herbs offers a savory option. It can be complemented by a leafy green salad drizzled with a zesty vinaigrette for a light yet fulfilling midday meal.

As the day transitions into dinner, a comforting dinner casserole featuring eggs, alongside layers of savory meats, cheeses, and vegetables, presents itself as a wholesome family dish. Serve it alongside a steamed medley of seasonal vegetables for a complete and nourishing dinner spread.

 

 

 

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