Pie Crust and Quiche Filling
This is the perfect recipe for a lovely Valentine’s Day Brunch no matter if you have a special someone in your life or you are cooking for a group of single friends. I have been making quiches for many years and I love them, dearly! I have never met anyone who does not love creamy, cheesy egg custard served in a tender flaky crust! You can easily make the crust and line your pan with it the day before. Just wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator overnight, until you are ready to throw the filling together and bake it! To really wow, your love, or your friends, serve it with fresh, stemmed strawberries and champagne! One of my favorite movies is Like Water for Chocolate, simply because it was all about a love affair that was wrapped up with food! Food prepared with love and compassion gives it that wondrous sensation that increases passion, excitement, happiness, and feelings of contentment. No wonder it impels people on the brink of falling for someone, to leap over the edge! Maybe this truly, yummy brunch will get that certain someone’s attention and Cupid’s arrow will strike!
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
¼ cup butter, cut into chunks about the size of the tip of your middle finger
¾ cup ice water
Notice the chunks of shortening and butter in the crust. As you roll out your dough they flatten out and will make your crust very tender and flaky!
See how flaky this crust turned out!
1. If your dough ball is a bit too wet, roll it around on your floured surface to remove the dampness.
2. If your dough ball crumples, return it to the mixing bowl, add a little more water, and try to form a ball again.
3. When you roll out your dough, make sure it is about 1/8 inch thick otherwise; it may not cook through in the time it takes for the filling to cook.
4. If your dough cracks or splits use, your finger dipped in ice water to rub both edges of the split, then gently press together to cement the dough back together.
5. If you have more than one inch of dough overhanging the edge of your pan just trim off the excess and roll up to crimp.
6. If part of your overhanging dough is less than one inch, you can use the trimmed scraps to add dough to the edge. Just use the ice water cement to glue it together.
1 – prepared quiche pan with prepared dough (recipe above)
1 – 10 oz package frozen spinach
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup half n’ half
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3. You can easily vary the ingredients in this quiche recipe. Some ideas are bacon, one sautéed jalapeño pepper (seeds and the ribs removed), shallots, and Monterey jack cheese; or bell peppers, red onion, garlic, ham, and Swiss cheese; or Italian sausage, fresh oregano, fresh basil, tomato, and mozzarella cheese.