A classic French dish, Quiche Lorraine is a rich and flavorful custard featuring cheese and bacon in a crisp and buttery pastry. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner; this meal will have everyone coming back for more, no matter what time of day.
Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe
When most people think of quiche, chances are great that Quiche Lorraine is the first one to come to mind. This quiche is a classic French dish that has stayed popular in the US since being introduced to a hungry American audience in the 50's.
If you have not tried it, you are missing out. It's a classic for a reason: the rich custard base is spiked with bacon and cheese, held together by a crisp and buttery pastry that provides the perfect textural contrast. All of the flavors come together nicely to create something truly greater than the sum of its parts.
It's perfect to serve for a lazy Sunday brunch, yet fancy enough to serve at a party.
What is a Quiche Lorraine made of?
One of the great things about making a Quiche Lorraine is that it does not come with a long or fussy list of ingredients needed to make it. Aside from the butter, flour, and water needed to make the pastry crust, here is what you need to make a Quiche Lorraine:
- thick-cut bacon (though regular bacon will do fine in a pinch)
- half and half
- salt + black pepper
- ground nutmeg
- shredded gruyere or swiss cheese
The full details and recipes are listed below!
The Pastry for Quiche Lorraine
True to its French heritage, this quiche relies on a french pastry for the crust. Pâte Brisée (pronounced pat bree-ZHAY) simply put, is buttery pie dough. However, it’s not quite the same as the flaky pie dough we come to think of here in the US.
This standard French-style pie crust is a bit more sturdy, with tighter “crumb” to it, and resembles what they call a shortcrust pastry across the pond in the U.K. The butter is worked into the dough just a bit more, and a final blending of the fat into the flour is performed at the end using a french technique known as fraisage. This final blending results in crumbly and flaky pastry, which is incredibly delicious. It makes the perfect vessel to hold this creamy quiche thanks to its sturdiness and crisp nature. It makes for the perfect textural contrast next to the creamy quiche.
I've dedicated a whole recipe with lots of tips and tricks for making pâte brisée if you want to learn more about that. But, everything you need to know to make this pastry is written in the instructions below.
Blind Baking a Quiche Crust
Nobody wants a soggy bottom, so it's a good move to blind bake the pie pastry for this recipe. Blind baking or parbaking simply means you cook the pie crust first before you add the filling.
It's always a good idea to blind bake a quiche crust. This is especially true for one baked in a thin tart pan because the eggs will be cooked in a lower oven temperature and a shorter amount of time than you would need to fully cook the pie crust.
How to Tell When the Quiche is Done
A classic Quiche Lorraine has a set filling, with some light brown speckles all over the top of the custard. It cooks quite quickly, so you'll want to check on the pie starting at 35 minutes.
You'll know the quiche is done when the filling has completely puffed up, and the top has started to turn golden.
How to Serve Quiche Lorraine
Quiche, whether served at breakfast or lunch (or dinner!) should be served either warm or at room temperature. Pair it with a green salad with a bright dressing for the perfect meal.
Can Quiche be Frozen?
Like many pies, a quiche is at its absolute best when fresh. However, a quiche is fine to be frozen. Let it cool completely, before storing it in the freezer wrapped twice in plastic wrap.
Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then place the defrosted quiche back in the 350ºF oven to warm back up. The quiche filling should reach an internal temperature above 160ºF.
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