I love a good quiche that is rich and creamy inside a buttery flaky crust. They make a beautiful presentation and they are just delicious for breakfast, lunch or brunch. I make this one often and it is so good!
Broccoli Cheese Quiche
4 strips bacon
1 cups broccoli, chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar or Colby Jack Cheese
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (9 inch) pre-baked shell (see recipe below)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes until crisp, then chop the bacon into pieces and reserve for later. Add the chopped broccoli to the pan and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli is tender. Do not overcook or it will get mushy.
Evenly spread the cooked broccoli and bacon in crust, and top it with the grated cheese. Whisk the milk, cream and eggs together. Add salt and pepper. Pour liquid into the baked shell, and bake the quiche for 25-30 minutes. The quiche is ready when you can no longer see liquid but the center of the tart jiggles slightly when moved. Cool slightly and then serve.
Buttery Quiche Pastry Shell
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons shortening, cut into small pieces
4 1/2 tablespoons cold ice water
Place the flour, salt, butter and shortening in a large bowl.
Rub the flour together until it has broken into pieces the size of oatmeal flakes. Don't over-blend. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, add the ice water, a little at a time, mixing until it just starts to hold together.
Press the dough into a roughly shaped ball. Knead it briefly into a fairly smooth ball, then sprinkle lightly with flour and wrap in a sheet of waxed paper. Chill 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. When ready to roll, sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll the pastry out into a circle 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick.
Butter a 9 inch quiche pan. Place the crust in the pan and press gently to line the inside. Crimp edges. Line the pastry with greased parchment paper and fill with pie weights. I use uncooked beans or rice.
Bake in the middle level of a preheated 400 degree oven for about 8-9 minutes or until the pastry seems set. Remove foil and beans, prick bottom of the pastry with a fork, and return to oven for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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