Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pumpkin, bacon and blue cheese quiche

We've got loads of eggs at the moment, as the hens are "all systems go" at producing them at the moment. Probably a few too many truth be told!
But I'm not complaining really, as it's always handy to have a few eggs in the fridge. And of course there is no shortage of homemade ice cream!

Anyway, back to the quiche. Last night we had this:

I made the pastry using 220g plain flour, 120g cold butter, 1/2 tsp salt and about 3 Tbsp ice cold water. Whizz dry ingredients in food processor, then add just enough water until a dough comes together. Roll out to fit greased quiche dish, prick with a fork and blind bake for about 10 mins, remove paper and weights, then bake for a further 5 mins until pastry base cooked. Cool.

Slice about 500g of pumpkin into wedges and bake on tray with olive oil drizzled over, 180 deg C for about 20-25 mins until just tender. Remove and cool. Then remove skin and slice into small strips.

I chopped a few slices of bacon (rind removed) and fried these. You could also use ham or another cured meat if you prefer (e.g. proscuitto if you can get it) or of course omit it if you want.

Into the base I put some grated mature cheddar cheese ('Tasty' brand in NZ), added the pumpkin strips, the bacon, then I cut up a small wedge of blue cheese (x6 small slices*) to arrange in a circle around the quiche.

For the egg custard, mix 4 large eggs with 150ml cream (or half and half cream and milk to 150mls), sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour carefully onto the quiche to almost cover the filling.

Bake for about 30mins at 180 deg C, until golden brown and set.

We ate this with a fresh green salad made from lettuce out of the garden and a chopped up avocado, drizzled with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil (thanks W&P for the lovely oil!).

*Put more blue cheese in if you desire, although we found that just the small slices were enough to give a bit of a flavour punch without being overpowering.



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Paola said...

Sounds yum, especially with the inclusion of my favourite blue cheese! Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely give this one a trot.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Ron
Many thanks. Hope you like reading my blog.
Blessings to you also

Hi Paola
Good one, enjoy!

Cadi said...

Sound so yummy! Note to self: Make quiche!