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Incredibly Delicious Quiche Lorraine

August 17, 2023 (Last Updated: August 21, 2023) by Chris Collins

Here I’ll share with you some game-changing tips and tricks to making the most delicious Quiche Lorraine imaginable!

Can you believe this is the first quiche recipe I’ve ever uploaded?! For a self-proclaimed comfort foodie, I’m disappointed it’s taken me this long. But, the wait is worth it, I promise. Follow me…

side shot lifting slice of quiche lorraine out of pie dish

Homemade Quiche Crust

Aka shortcrust pastry. It’s not often you’ll see me making pastry on this blog, but for shortcrust I can make an exception, given how simple it is to make.

It’s actually one of the first things I ever learned to cook back in D&T at school and it’s a method that’s stuck with me ever since. Whilst you can use a food processor, which I’ll give instructions for in the recipe card below, I’m pretty old school and prefer making it by hand. You know, just to feel at one with the food.

Shortcrust Pastry Ingredients

  • Flour – Plain/All Purpose flour does the trick.
  • Butter – I prefer unsalted butter with added salt, but you can use salted if that’s what you’ve got on hand.
  • Salt – Always remember to season your pastry!
  • Water – Must be cold (see below).

Keeping everything cold

The key to great shortcrust pastry is ensuring the butter stays cold. This is what creates that iconic flaky/crumbly texture. In order to keep the butter cold, you’ll want to work fairly quickly so the butter doesn’t melt and turn the dough greasy. Using cold water is essential too, as is handling the dough as little as possible.

Minimal handling

You don’t want to knead the dough or squeeze it too much, as this will develop gluten and result in a firm pastry. Also, the more handling, the warmer the dough gets.

Process shots: whisk salt & flour then add cold butter (photo 1), rub into a crumb-like texture (photo 2), cut/mix in water (photo 3), form dough (photos 4&5), tightly wrap and chill (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make quiche crust

Blind Baking

Blind baking the pastry helps give it a kickstart before you add the filling. It’ll partially cook, which helps prevent the filling from soaking into the dough and causing it to go soggy.

What can I use to blind-bake the pastry?

You’ll first want a layer of baking paper or foil, then on top of that, you want something that will weigh it down and won’t burn in the oven. Pie beads or dry beans are great – here I opt for uncooked rice.

Once you’ve rolled out the dough and added it to the pie dish, you’ll want to prick the base with a fork. This will help prevent air bubbles from forming, which in turn causes the pastry to crack as it cooks.

Process shots: roll out dough (photo 1), add to greased dish (photo 2), trim then prick (photo 3), add pie weight and bake (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to bake quiche crust

Quiche Lorraine Filling

The fillings for a classic Quiche Lorraine are fairly minimal, but they all work together so well to create the most delicious quiche! Here I’m just frying off some bacon and then using the leftover fat to fry some shallots.

For the cream filling you’ll want a base of eggs and double/heavy cream, alongside a simple seasoning mix. Double cream is essential for its thick texture, which will easily set as the quiche bakes. Plus it adds a gorgeous richness to the quiche – and let me tell you this quiche is RICH 😛

Process shots: fry bacon (photos 1&2), fry shallots (photos 3&4), add cream, eggs, nutmeg, salt and pepper to bowl (photo 5), whisk (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make quiche lorraine filling

Quiche Lorraine

The final piece of the quiche puzzle is, of course, cheese. For this recipe, I LOVE a 50/50 combo of Cheddar and Gruyere. The Cheddar adds a real punch of flavour, whilst the Gruyere adds a gorgeous nutty flavour.

Layering the quiche

The perfect quiche is one where the fillings are evenly distributed. At the end of the day, quiches are gonna quiche, so there will be some sinkage. But, to help prevent this I recommend layering the fillings. Here I do bacon & shallots, then cheese, then cream. Repeat and you’re good to go.

Process shots: bake pie uncovered (photo 1), create one layer (photo 2), create second layer (photo 3), bake (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make quiche lorraine filling

Quiche Lorraine FAQ

How do I know when the quiche is cooked?

The top will be golden and the centre will be just about set (you can check with a knife). It will still jiggle a little and will carry on cooking as it rests.

Can I use store-bought pastry?

Sure! Just roll out the pastry and continue the recipe.

How do I prevent the pastry from cracking?

This can sometimes happen when blind-baking. Poking holes will help, as will making sure the oven temp is correct (too high and it’ll burn/crack). I’ve added a note on this in the recipe card below!

close up overhead shot of quiche in dish

Serving Quiche Lorraine

Once out of the oven, let the quiche rest, then garnish with chives and more bacon! Here I’ve served with chips and a side salad, but it’s honestly pretty perfect as it is.

For another quiche recipe check out my Breakfast Quiche Stuffed Bagels!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this Quiche Lorraine shall we?!

close up shot of slice of quiche lorraine on small white plate with chips and salad

How to make Quiche Lorraine (Full Recipe & Video)

close up shot of slice of quiche lorraine on small white plate with chips and salad

Incredibly Delicious Quiche Lorraine

Here I'll share with you some game-changing tips and tricks to making the most delicious Quiche Lorraine imaginable!
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories per serving: 684kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Large Mixing Bowl & Knife (preferably keep both in the fridge until needed)
  • Cling Film (for resting pastry)
  • Rolling Pin
  • 23-25cm / 9-10" Pie Dish (see notes)
  • Baking Paper or Foil + Pie Weights (see notes)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon (for bacon/shallots)
  • Mixing Bowl & Whisk (for cream/eggs)
  • Cheese Grater

Ingredients (check list):

Pastry

  • 200g / 7oz Plain/All Purpose Flour, plus a pinch more for rolling dough
  • 100g / 3.5oz COLD Unsalted Butter, diced into small cubes (plus a knob more for greasing dish)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 - 3 tbsp COLD Water, or as needed

Filling

  • 220g / 8oz Bacon, diced
  • 2 large Shallots, finely diced
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 300ml / 1 1/4 cup Double/Heavy Cream
  • 1/8 tsp EACH: Salt, White Pepper, Ground Nutmeg
  • 60g / 2oz Gruyere, grated
  • 60g / 2oz Cheddar, grated
  • finely diced Fresh Chives, to garnish

Instructions:

  • Whisk the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and use your finger tips to rub the butter into the flour until a crumb-like texture with no large lumps. Try and work quick so the butter stays cold.
  • Add in 2 tbsp cold water and use a knife to cut and mix the water into the flour. Once the water is well distributed the crumbs should start to clump together. Pick up a small amount and check if it is able to mould into dough. If the dough is too crumbly you can mix in more water 1 tsp at a time. Form the dough into a ball then shape into a large disk and tightly wrap it in cling film. Rest in the fridge for at least an hour (up to overnight).
  • Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the dough until it comfortably covers the rim of the pie dish. Grease the dish with butter then carefully place in the pastry, gently pressing it into the base of the dish. Trim excess pastry then prick the base all over with a fork. I recommend placing it back in the fridge for 15mins or so to cool back down at this point. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Add foil or baking paper on top of the pastry and weigh down with pie weights, ensuring they cover the whole base. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the pie weights and baking paper/foil. Place back in the oven for 5-10mins until light golden. Check after 5 mins and remove if it's golden and/or air bubbles are forming.
  • During this time fry the bacon over medium heat until crispy with the fat rendered down. Remove and dry on kitchen roll, then remove all but a couple of tsp of fat from the pan. Fry the shallots in the leftover fat until soft and golden, then remove and place to one side with the bacon (set some of the bacon aside to garnish). In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg until smooth and well-combined.
  • Sprinkle half of the bacon & shallots into the pie, then top half of the cheese and half of the cream. Repeat then place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden on top and just about set in the centre (check with a knife to see if it's set - keep in mind it will carry on cooking slightly as it rests). The quiche should jiggle a little. Rest for 10mins before serving up. Garnish with bacon and chives then tuck in and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Homemade pastry - The aim of the game is to work fairly quickly and keep everything cold. The tiny shards of cold butter are what make the pastry perfectly crumbly/flaky. You don't want to knead the dough or squeeze it too much, as this will develop gluten and result in firm pastry. Lastly, don't add too much water either. Just enough to form the dough. Less water will result in a shorter, more crumbly pastry, but it will be more difficult to handle. It's about striking a balance to create a dough that's easy to work with, but that still comes out with the perfect texture, hence why you want to add the water a tiny amount at a time.
b) Using a food processor - Pulse the flour and salt once or twice, then pulse in the butter until rubbed into the flour. Keep the motor on and slowly pour in the water until a ball forms. Only use enough water to form the ball. Proceed with recipe from there.
c) Pre-made pastry - You can use 1-2 sheets of pre-rolled shortcrust pastry, just press them together to join them in the baking dish. You can also use a slab of pastry and roll it out. You likely need about 300g/10.5oz, which is the weight of the homemade dough here.
d) Blind baking - Blind baking the pastry will partially cook it and help prevent it from going soggy when the cream is added. You can use pie beads, or even rice like I use here. I've even seen sugar being used - anything that will cover the whole base of the pastry and won't burn in the oven!
e) Pie dish - Mine is 25cm/10" and the pastry fits perfectly. It's on the slightly thinner side, but I prefer it that way. My dish fairly shallow, so you can use a regular 23cm/9" dish which will work too.
f) Troubleshooting Pastry - If the pastry begins to crack as it blind bakes, you can patch it up with a 1:1 mix of flour and water, which will essentially work as a glue. Just dab over the crack and bake for another minute or so to set. 
g) Make ahead/leftovers - Always best eaten fresh, but you can bake it then allow to completely cool and tightly store in the fridge for a few days or freezer long-term. I recommend bring to room temp then covering and baking at 180C/350F for 10-15mins, or until piping hot again (thaw in the fridge if frozen). You could bake straight from the fridge but I'd recommend baking at 160C/320F to help bake through more evenly. You can also eat it cold. I find it a little firm so I bring it to room temp beforehand.
h) Calories - Whole quiche divided by 6.

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Incredibly Delicious Quiche Lorraine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 684 Calories from Fat 500
% Daily Value*
Fat 55.61g86%
Saturated Fat 24.657g123%
Trans Fat 0.674g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.124g
Monounsaturated Fat 11.596g
Cholesterol 218mg73%
Sodium 611mg25%
Potassium 335mg10%
Carbohydrates 28.66g10%
Fiber 1.1g4%
Sugar 2.47g3%
Protein 17.9g36%
Vitamin A 1475IU30%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 2.28mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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    Meghan
    April 12, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    5 stars
    Omg this was so so good. I was nervous to try this as I am an amateur cook and it was a challenge but came out amazing. Thank you for recipe!!!

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      Chris Collins
      April 12, 2024 at 3:28 pm

      So pleased to hear, Meghan! Thanks so much for popping back for a review 🙂 C.

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