Tuesday, 12 February 2013

D's Homemade Cheese & Ham Quiche

Quiche is one of C's favourite comfort foods - warm and a little bit stodgy, and perfect for this time of year. C's father D is a great cook and excellent baker in particular, and quiche is one of his specialities (along with amazing cakes, lemon meringue pies, homemade sausages, apple crumbles... we could go on) and, after a snowy day in London, he spontaneously baked a quiche for dinner. C got wind of this from her mother, and rushed round just in time for it to be served up.

She was very glad she did.


D's quiche was spontaenous, and so rather than following a standard Quiche Lorraine recipe or similar, he threw in whatever was in the house - namely, a large Spanish onion, a few slices of fancy ham, some cheddar cheese and fresh parsley to round it all off. While a little bit unconventional, it was absolutely delicious - and too good not to share. C badgered D for the recipe, and here we have it: believe us, this one's worth making.

Ingredients

For the pastry:
  • 4oz self raising flour
  • 2oz cooking margarine
  • A little water as required
For the filling:
  • 1/2 Spanish onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 2.5fl oz milk
  • 3oz mature cheddar cheese
  • Handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Recipe

  1. Grease a 7 inch flan tin. Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200C.
  2. Rub the margarine into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Gradually add water until it forms a dough. Roll out the pastry dough and use it to line the flan tin. 
  3. Finely chop the onion and place in a saucepan of boiling water and allow to simmer for two minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and milk until light and fluffy. Drain the onions and pour into the egg mixture. Chop the ham into 1cm squares and add to the egg mixture, along with the parsley. Grate in the cheese and mix the ingredients together. Season as required.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the flan tin, ensuring a smooth covering - be especially careful to evenly spread the solid ingredients like the ham and cheese. Bake on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes until well-risen and browned. Enjoy!

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