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Bacon and Mushroom Quiche

Anyone who’s not a bacon fan can sign off at the moment because this recipe extols the virtues of fat … Pork fat… interspersed between salty pork meat…which melts and crackles on a hot pan… which curls into a heavenly roll… and then when you bite into it, just melts into your mouth.. sigh! See.. Dint I say anyone who’s not a bacon fan can sign off? A quiche is an open tart with a thin pastry shell (shortcrust) filled with a rich savory egg custard. I made the shortcrust pastry of the quiche at home, so will pat myself on the back. But you can buy the dough from any supermarket. Bacon and mushrooms top this one, but you can add anything you like. They say the original quiche din’t contain cheese… but for me a quiche is not a quiche without liberal amounts of cheese! You can eat this hot or cold, I prefer my quiche cold as the flavors mould in well after some sitting time. The co-resident loved this one and ate a recipe for 6 by himself… God bless his heart!
Bacon and Mushroom Quiche

Prep time: 30 mins + 20 mins refrigeration time
Cooking time: 1 hour total
Serves: 6
What you need:
11/2 cups plain Flour
100 gms Butter, chopped
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Water, approx.
10 thinly sliced Bacon rashers
200 gms Mushrooms
6 Eggs
2/3 cup Milk
11/4 cup Thick Cream
½ cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Pepper

What to do:
To Make Pastry: Place flour and butter in food processor. Process for 30 seconds or until mixture is fine and crumbly. Add egg and almost all the water, process for 20 seconds or until the mixture just comes together when squeezed, adding more water if required. Turn onto a lightly floured board. Knead mixture gently to form smooth dough. Refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to moderately hot 210ºC.

Roll Pastry on a flour board large enough to fit a 13 inch round loose bottomed flan tin. Ease pastry into tin. Trim edge with a sharp knife. Cut a sheet of baking paper large enough to cover pastry lined tin. Place paper over pastry; spread a layer of dried beans or rice evenly over paper. Bake for 15 mins, remove paper and beans; bake for another 10 mins or until pastry case is lightly browned; cool. Reduce oven temperature to moderate 180 ºC.

To make Filling: Reserve four slices of bacon. Chop the remaining bacon. Heat pan, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Sauté the mushrooms in the bacon fat. Keep aside. Combine eggs, milk, cream, salt and pepper in a jug. Whisk well. Line pastry case with mushrooms; sprinkle with bacon; pour cream mixture over. Cut reserved bacon rashers in half. Lay strips over cream mixture, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 40 mins or until cooked through and golden. Serve hot or cold with a nice green salad!

P.S. Do not overwork the dough when making pastry in a food processor or pastry will be tough. Another way is to just rub the butter with the flour till it resembles bread crumbs and then just combine with enough water to pull together.

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