Easy Cheese and Onion Quiche
This Incredible Cheese and Onion Quiche is such a welcome addition to my week. I am finding the school holidays EXTREMELY trying and am in need of comfort food in large amounts and of the highest order…….It’s either this or setting up a tent outside Greggs …..
I love to self medicate with food…… joyous, melancholy, furious, it matters not. I have a menu for all my emotional afflictions. I read a brilliant article recently that gave relevant recipes for all my menopausal maladies and for the duration of reading said article my intent was to do just as she recommended. She even had a cake to mitigate menopausal wind, who knew??????…. but here’s the thing…..it looked awful. So awful I cannot explain…think dog food cake with burnt orange bits……In reality I just knew I couldn’t.
So after scrolling through these all clever and all encompassing recipes. I realised one very important thing. I liked hardly any of the ingredients. I hadn’t even heard of a couple……. Try as I might I cannot get enthusiastic over millet, coconut water and mung beans. I feel positively indifferent to buckwheat and flax. Uneducated I am sure and a great loss to my ovaries but there you have it.
Quite a confession in these times I know……. and I am aware that I should be snacking on enough seeds to plant an entire small holding before lunch and I should avoid alcohol and anything that isn’t celery in the afternoon but I just cannot find the will to do it. I do of course remain open to the possibility of enlightenment as I am sure in the right hands they could be delicious. Just so not mine……
Cheese and Onion Quiche Recipe
So until an epiphany here’s one of the recipes that I turn to in my hour of need, windy or not. This is my out of the ball park delicious Cheese and Onion Quiche recipe. It is my comfort and solace when I am feeling melancholy or in need of an embrace. Importantly it is also perfect for Summer eating. Served warm or cold it always delivers a fabulous flavour combo. Cheesy and mellow with some buttery onion tones in the background it blows me away every time. I cannot tell you enough how good this is. Cheese and Onion comfort lovin that is as good as a bear hug from Father Christmas.
It is made with cream cheese and eggs, a cheese and onion flan if you will, it is this that gives it a softness and comforting cheesy mellowness. The onions are sauteed in a little butter and oil so they too have a deepness that complements the sharpness of the cheese. I challenge anyone to not feel uplifted after a slice.
I make the pastry as always in my food processor and this is always the recipe I use for shortcrust pastry for quiches. My favourite pie crust. It is just perfect. If I want to make a sweet version I just add in some caster sugar.
The knack to it is to whizz as little as possible but enough for it to come together without adding too much water. So keep going until you are sure the water has mixed through before adding anymore. It is easy to add too much if not careful. You can of course use your hands to make the pastry with the rubbing in method to make to the breadcrumbs stage before stirring in the water with a knife. The less it is pummelled or whizzed the better. Shortcrust pastry is a sensitive soul.
I whizz the butter, salt and flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
Add the water and pulse until it starts to come together. Pulse a couple more times to make sure it doesn’t need any more water. Touch the dough if you are not sure but make sure the food processor is switched off!
This is at the point where it is ready to be tipped out onto a work surface and using your hands brought together to form a ball of dough. Flour the surface before rolling out large enough to fit your flan dish. Mine is 23cm/9″. You can use a loose bottomed one too. It is easier to get it out after baking.
There is too much dough but I like it this way as it allows for errors and the margins are not so tight when aligning the pastry onto your dish/tin. I let my daughter make jam tarts out of the remaining.
I use a rolling pin rolled across the top to remove the excess and then pinch each flute back up to thin the pastry out where the pin has blunted and squashed it.
After rolling the excess off.
I pierce the bottom with a fork and then bake blind for 20 mins. After I have removed the beans and lining I brush with beaten egg to seal the holes and put back in the oven for 5 minutes.
I soften the onions for five mins or so in a little butter and oil beforehand. I empty out the softened onions onto the bottom, sprinkle over the cheese and then mix together the remaining ingredients before pouring the eggy mix into the case.
Carefully carry it to the oven to avoid spilling the egg mixture over the sides. Sometimes I half fill the quiche and then use a jug to pour the rest in whilst it is sitting half in the oven.
I bake it at 180 C for about 25/30 minutes until brown on top in patches and your house smells INCREDIBLE. You can serve it warm and perhaps it is at it’s best when served at this temperature. But you can make it ahead and then reheat gently for when suits you or it is still delicious when cold. Great for picnics and general outdoor stuffing of face perched on a bench or a picnic blanket.
Easy Cheese and Onion Quiche
This is an amazingly delicious recipe for Cheese and Onion Quiche. It is perfect for Summer eating served warm with a salad or as picnic food.
- 300 grams plain flour
- 150 grams unsalted butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 5/6 tbsp water
- 300 grams full fat cream cheese
- 3 medium eggs
- 100 grams mature cheddar
- 1 medium onion cut into half moons
- 1 tsp butter for frying the onions
- 1 tsp olive oil for frying the onions
- salt and pepper
I use a food processor to whizz the 150 grams/5 oz butter, 300 grams/10 oz flour and salt together until they look like breadcrumbs. About 10 seconds.
Then add the water whilst pulsing. You may need to add more or less so just 1 tbsp at a time. As soon as it starts to come together tip it out onto a work surface and bring it completely together with your hands into a disc. see photos.
Pre heat your oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4.
Flour the work surface and begin to roll out into a circle of about 5mm thick. This pastry will easily roll out to fit a 23 cm dish with a little extra. I use the rolling pin to drape the pastry over to lower it into the dish. You can chill it for 30 minutes before rolling out but I never do!
Use the rolling pin to roll off the overhang and then press your thumb into each flute to un squash the top. Using a fork prick the base of the pastry all over. Line the pastry case and fill with baking beans to bake blind for 25 minutes.
Fry your chopped onion gently for about five/ten minutes until soft and golden. Set aside.
Beat your 3 large eggs together in a small bowl and then brush the bottom of the pastry case with a little of the beaten egg to seal all the holes. Return to the oven for five mins.
In a medium bowl add your eggs, 280 grams/10 oz cream cheese, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the onions onto the base of the pastry case and sprinkle in the 100 grams/3.5 oz mature cheese before pouring over the egg mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and lightly scorched in places.
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This can be kept for several days in the fridge and reheated gently.
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