Bacon and cheese (and mushroom) quiche recipe

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

Serves 8
Pastry shell
1 roll of Today puff pastry
Spray and Cook
Pie weights – don’t have? See my hack below
Baking paper
Pie dish (diameter of about 23cm, depth of 3cm)
Pastry shell instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 deg
  2. Spray the spray and cook into the dish
  3. Roll out the pastry to fit into the dish
  4. Make small incisions into the pastry so that when it puffs up some air can escape
  5. Layer a sheet of baking paper over the pastry and evenly distribute pie weights over it
  6. Place in oven and bake for 12 minutes, remove paper and weights then continue to bake until golden
  7. Remove and set aside (leave the oven on 190)
Filling
Four slices of shoulder bacon, cut into small pieces (I used a kitchen scissors)
6 button mushrooms, diced
3 eggs
250ml cream
1 cup grated cheese (I used half mozzarella, half gouda)
1/8th teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
Getting it all together
  1. Maintain the temperature at 190 degrees Celsius
  2. Fry the bacon until crisp and then drain.
  3. Fry the mushrooms
  4. Place bacon and mushroom pieces into pastry shell
  5. Beat together the eggs, cream,cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper
  6. 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.
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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.

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