In terms of desserts, I love whipping up some sweet caramel tarts or buying them from a pastry shop. I’ve had this messed up preconception when I was very young about how tarts and anything in pie crusts are always sweet.
I’ve consumed my fair share of sweet pastry tarts, that is, until I came across a dish called quiche, which is also a tart.
What Is a Quiche?
If you’re like me many, many years ago, who did not know what a quiche is, you’ve come to the right place. Basically, quiche is a French tart custard made from eggs and cream or milk and pie crust filled with custard, cheese, meat, seafood, or vegetables.
It is baked in a pie crust and is ideally served at any time of the day but is incredibly excellent as a brunch meal. It is served cut in slices, like cake.
The French people are masters in making the quiche, with the origin of the quiche being France. As a dish, quiche is very versatile as you can always switch up the fillings with something of your choice.
Vegetarians can switch bacon and meat to other kinds of fillings, or you can choose to make the classic quiche recipe for a foolproof quiche which we will discuss later on.
How to Bake Quiche
There are two ways you can make a quiche dish. One is by making a pie crust, and the other is by buying a pre-made pie crust. If you’re someone with not much time on your hands but still want to make a quiche quickly, a pre-made, ready-to-go pie crust is your best choice.
How to Make Pie Crust for Quiche
If you’re like me, who likes making everything from scratch, then the first step on how to bake quiche is by making the pie crust.
To make the pie crust, mix or blend flour, salt, and baking powder in a food processor. Add in butter until it is thoroughly mixed with the flour.
Add ice water until the dough forms into a ball in the food processor. Refrigerate for an hour, but the longer, the better.
Sprinkle your countertop with flour and the rolling pin, then roll out the crust to ¼ inch thick. Lay the crust in a pie dish, cut excess edges, and your pie dough is ready.
How to Make Quiche Filling
To make the quiche egg custard, you would need four eggs, 1 cup of milk or cream, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper for the base. Whisk them all together in a large bowl. While doing this, preheat your oven to 375°F.
On your premade or prebought pie crust on a 9-inch pie plate, place ham, bacon, cheese, and green onions, then add the egg custard base. Add another layer of cheese on top of the mixture. Get all the cheeses!
Bake the dish in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the custard and filling are thoroughly cooked. Take out of the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
I discussed the most basic quiche recipe or filling you could make. Of course, you can adjust the fillings to include everything you love!
How Long to Cook Quiche
How to tell if quiche is done is that the texture of a well-cooked quiche should be creamy and soft and light on the mouth, like a cross between egg pie and the fluffiness and softness of perfectly scrambled eggs.
Slashing a knife or fork in your filling is an idea, and if it comes out clean, it’s good to go. Achieving the perfect texture for quiche boils down to your mixture and how long to bake the quiche.
Generally, quiche is baked in the oven for at least 45 minutes to 50 minutes. Set aside another 5 to 10 minutes to cool and rest the quiche before serving.
How Long Does Quiche Last
You need to consume quiche 3 to 4 days from baking and when refrigerated. However, quiche can last for 3 to 4 months when frozen, although I wouldn’t recommend keeping any food uneaten that long.
To tell if a quiche has gone bad, the first thing you would notice is its texture. The egg custard will start to look dark yellow and will begin breaking up.
The crust will also become very soggy from absorbing moisture. At the very worst, your egg custard will smell like rotten eggs.
To extend its shelflife and make sure it doesn’t go bad quickly, store it in plastic wrap or an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How to Reheat Quiche
If you’re wondering how to reheat quiche, you can do it three ways: the oven, the microwave, and the toaster oven.
To reheat in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F. If the quiche was in the fridge, take it out and let it settle to room temperature, then cover the crust with aluminum foil. Heat the quiche for 15 to 20 minutes with an internal temperature of 165°F.
To reheat in a microwave, place the quiche uncovered on a microwavable plate. Heat on low to medium for 2 minutes and reheat if necessary if it needs more time to heat up.
To reheat on a toaster oven is just like heating them in the oven if you want to heat just slices at a time.
What to Serve with Quiche
Quiche is a perfect brunch (but also breakfast, lunch, and dinner) meal and is also perfectly paired with various side dishes for an even sumptuous meal.
Serve your quiche with your favorite potato dishes like mashed potatoes or baked potatoes or sauteed wedges with garlic butter.
Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to eat with quiche, these folks are your best friends.
To complement the heartiness of quiche, pairing it with fruits is a great idea.
Pairing a tomato flavor with your cheesy quiche is another one of my favorite combinations.