Spring quiche with asparagus and ricotta

 Hello guys! I need to confess, I’m loving quiches and can eat it anytime: for lunch, dinner and simply whenever I’m hungry. I was browsing the net the other day, looking at various beautiful green salads with lots of leaves and spring vegetables, when I realised that I haven’t prepared or even tried somewhere a quiche with asparagus. In cafes  asparagus is most of the time served as a side dish or part of a salad. So, I was feeling very excited to make a quiche with beautiful asparagus! While soft and buttery crust was chilling in a fridge, I was wondering about the filling: to use asparagus alone or add something else, use only double cream, or probably add  some nice cheese in it.. So many ideas, so little time. Finally, I used double cream along with ricotta, that by a lucky chance was in the fridge, plus I threw a handful of frozen peas in.Milkandbun
 Can’t describe how good it was! Flaky, buttery, aromatic crust holds beautifully yellow custard-ish filling. Delicious!
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I was enjoying it with a cup of milky tea. You can serve it with some lettuce-cucumbers salad on side. Milkandbun

Spring quiche with asparagus and ricotta

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 1hr
  • Difficulty: moderate
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What You’ll Need
Crust
200g plain flour
100g cold butter, cubed
1 medium egg, cold from the fridge
1/3 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp ice-cold water, if needed
Filling
250g ricotta
2 large eggs
100g 35% whipped cream (or double cream)
baby/young asparagus 
a handful of peas (frozen)
S&P to taste
How to Make It
Crust. Put flour, salt and butter in a big bowl. Quickly rub ingredients together until coarse breadcrumbs (or use food processor). Add egg and mix until the dough is formed. Pour in water if needed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight. You can keep the pastry in a fridge up to 3 days.
Roll out 3-4mm thick dough to fit your baking tin. Bake blind in preheated 200C oven for 20 minutes, then without weights for 10 minutes.
Filling/Assembling. Whisk ricotta with eggs, add cream and season to taste. Arrange vegetables, pour the egg mixture over veggies. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, if desired. Bake in 180C preheated oven for 35 minutes or until the filling is set. 
Let the quiche slightly cool in the tin, then carefully transfer to the serving plate to wooden board, slice and serve.
 
Enjoy! 

Small quiches: 4 fillings

I Love Pies! Small and large, closed and opened, with fish and hm less meat, whether it’s cabbage pie or raspberry tartlet. So, it was that day when I couldn’t decide what filling to choose and made 4 different savory quiches! Beautiful and delicious! 🙂 It’s a quick (especially if you prepared the pastry ahead as I did), easy and tasty way of using up all those small cheese pieces and veggies leftovers.Small quiches: 4 fillings

Small quiches: 4 fillings

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Time: 1hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Pastry
160g/5.6oz all-purpose/plain flour
120g/4.2oz butter, cold and cut into cubes
a good pinch of ground sea salt
40-50ml iced-cold water
Put flour, salt and butter in a big bowl. Quickly rub ingredients together until coarse breadcrumbs (or use food processor). Add water and mix until the dough is formed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight. You can keep the pastry in a fridge up to 3 days.
Roll out 3-4mm thick dough to fit your baking tins. Bake blind in 180C preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
Filling
2 large eggs
100-150ml 30% cream (or double cream)
freshly ground sea salt and black-white pepper, to taste
  • Broccoli+Gruyère cheese
  • Leek (slightly sautéed in butter)+Cheddar
  • Zucchini (raw, sliced or grated)+Thyme(fresh or dried)+Parmesan
  • Sun dried tomato (chopped)+Olives+Basil (fresh or dried)+Pecorino Romano cheese
Whisk eggs with cream and season to taste. Arrange vegetables, grated cheese and herbs in pastry cases. Pour the egg mixture over veggies. Bake in 180C preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set.
Enjoy! 

Small quichesBeautiful and Tasty: small quiches