A few years ago I borrowed a recipe book from a colleague who has since left and neglected to ask me for it. I tried to return it, but the Universe conspired to allow me to keep it. Should she return to Cape Town, I will gladly deliver it to her; in the meantime, I will reap the rewards of having such a book in my possession. One of the recipes I found and absolutely love is for bacon and cheese quiche, which I amended by adding mushrooms.
Bacon, mushroom and cheese quiche
1 roll of Today puff pastry
Spray and Cook
Pie weights – don’t have? See my hack below
Pie dish (diameter of about 23cm, depth of 3cm)
Pastry shell instructions
- Preheat oven to 190 deg
- Spray the spray and cook into the dish
- Roll out the pastry to fit into the dish
- Make small incisions into the pastry so that when it puffs up some air can escape
- Layer a sheet of baking paper over the pastry and evenly distribute pie weights over it
- Place in oven and bake for 12 minutes, remove paper and weights then continue to bake until golden
- Remove and set aside (leave the oven on 190)
Four slices of shoulder bacon, cut into small pieces (I used a kitchen scissors)
6 button mushrooms, diced
1 cup grated cheese (I used half mozzarella, half gouda)
1/8th teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
Getting it all together
- Maintain the temperature at 190 degrees Celsius
- Fry the bacon until crisp and then drain.
- Fry the mushrooms
- Place bacon and mushroom pieces into pastry shell
- Beat together the eggs, cream,cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper
- Pour over the bacon and mushrooms and bake until puffed and brown, about 30 min.
Don’t have pie weights?
I knew that jar full of cents would come in handy some day! I put two handfuls of the coins into a container then disinfected them using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, then just for good measure rinsed twice with boiling water. Place in dish evenly.
Crazy fact: my dog, Harvey, went nuts for the smell of the coins in my vinegar/bicarb solution. He started barking at the container – I wonder if his sensitive doggy nose picked up on the chemical reactions.