Spring Quiche

Pâte brisée, pie crust/dough, quiche dough, shortcrust? However you wanna call it. Different name for the same product. It is flakey with layers reminiscent to a rough puff pastry. Buttery and crisp.
It isn’t like a pâte sucree aka. sweet tart dough/crust, whose end product is a lighter tender, almost biscuit like texture.

To make a quiche we’ll be making the crust and the savoury egg custard filling.

Pâte Brisée 
Yield: One 9″ quiche

250g Bread Flour 
205g Unsalted butter, cold and diced
3g Salt
55g Iced Water, strained


Rub the butter into flour and salt until it resembles small pea sized bits.
Knead in water and mix until just combined.
Shape into a flat disc and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
Roll out to 2-3mm thick and line tart pan (I used a shallow 9″ cake tin)
Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours (cover with clingwrap if refrigerating for more than hour to prevent the crust from drying out)
Preheat an oven to 400F/200C
Blind bake about 20 minutes. Remove weights and bake for about 5 more minutes.
Pie doughs are best prepared the day before.


Quiche Filling
Yield: one 9″ quiche

300g Eggs
200g Milk
60g Cream
6g Salt
Black Pepper to taste

Blend and strain first 4 ingredients, season with black pepper.

I added 1 TBSP ramp pesto, mozzarella, hard sheep cheese, green garlic, bacon, and spring veggies.

Preheat an oven to 330F/165C.
Mix ramp pesto into quiche filling.
Lay veggies and cheese into the baked crust.
Pour egg filling over veggies.
Bake for about 45 minutes (check from here every 5-10 mins) until it has a core temperature of 172F/78C.
Cool and remove from tin, serve warm.

Recipe adapted from chefsteps:
https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/pate-brisee
https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/quiche-lorraine

Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta Pancakes

Meringue

1 egg white
1 Tbsp sugar

Main batter

1 egg yolk
56g cake flour
1 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup ricotta
1 Tbsp lemon juice
25g melted butter

Make a meringue with whites and sugar.
Whisk egg yolk, ricotta, lemon juice together.
Sift cake flour, salt and baking powder.
Fold flour into yolk mixture – small lumps are fine (so I’ve been viciously told by my sous Chef).
Fold meringue into batter in two parts. Doing it in two parts allows you to loosen the batter up first, then folding the next part in gently to keep the bubbles relatively intact.
Then fold in melted butter.

Heat up a pan on low heat, preferably non stick and lightly coat with oil (I wipe off the excess to get an evenly browned pancake, some people love it with lots of butter to get crispy bits – to each his own – I wanted McDonald’s style).
When it’s hot, place batter in pan and cover with a lid.
Cook until bubbles form and once it’s relatively cooked through and flip, cook until lightly browned and serve.