Quiche is one of X’s of favourite brunch options on weekends, but for me to wake up early to make the crust, blind bake the crust and make the quiche filling for just one serving – I’d rather sleep in 😛 So to make my life easier and yet satisfy X’s cravings, I go for a crustless quiche recipe for one – win-win!
P.S. You can easily double the ingredients to make a crustless quiche for two if you like, so read on!
Quiche is a savoury, open pie with a custard and a filling that can be anything you like – cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables. It can be served hot or cold though I generally prefer my quiche to be hot. Nowadays I see quiche being sold in cafés but the prices are usually ridiculous and the filling can sometimes be quite pathetic.
Fun fact: Do you know that quiche actually originated in Germany and not France? Apparently quiche is from a place called Lothringen, which was under German rule during medieval times. The place came under French rule and it was renamed Lorraine (think of the name of a popular quiche!)
Back to the quiche! X likes his quiche with meat, and the combination of onion, mushrooms and bacon is a fail-proof classic. The bacon is first crisped in the pan, before the onion and mushrooms go in and sautéed until the onion is soft and the mushrooms are browned. Sometime I will add in additional vegetables like bell pepper if I have them on hand. It is important to pre-cook the vegetables so that they don’t add moisture to the custard, which will prevent the custard from setting.
The custard is simple – egg, cream and cheese whisked together with a touch of seasoning. I use whatever cheese I have on hand, so most of the time it is a mix of mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan. Any good-quality cheese works, so you can definitely play around!
And here are the step-by-step photos! Make them this weekend and let me know what you think!
|1) Cook the filling - bacon should be crisped, and vegetables sautéed (or boiled and drained) so that they don't add moisture to the custard.||2) Mix the custard in a small bowl (love my new Pyrex addition!)|
|3) Transfer the filling into the ramekin and pour in the custard.||4) Bake until the custard is almost set - the center should jiggle slightly.|
And here are my other breakfast favourites in case quiche is not your thing:
|Tuscan Baked Eggs||Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes|
|Peanut Butter Granola||Mini Sausage Bread Rolls|
- 2 slices bacon, diced
- ¼ small onion, peeled and finely diced
- 2 large (or 4 medium) fresh button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 50 grams vegetables, finely diced (bell pepper or carrot)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 125 ml cream, minimum 30% fat content (1/2 cup)
- 1 large egg
- ⅛ teaspoon dried herbs (or 1 teaspoon fresh herbs)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 30 grams cheese, shredded (2 to 3 slices)
- Preheat oven to 175C / 350F. Get ready a ramekin that can hold 350ml of liquid (1½ cups).
- Filling: Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add in bacon and cook until bacon is crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer the bacon into the ramekin. Drain until there's about ½ tablespoon of bacon fat left in the frying pan. Add in the onion and cook until it is soft, then add in the mushrooms and vegetables. Cook over medium heat, tossing frequently, until the mushrooms are browned and have shrunk in size and the vegetables are soft. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer the cooked vegetables into the ramekin.
- Custard: Whisk cream egg, herbs, salt, black pepper and cheese in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into the ramekin.
- Bake for 25 to 35 minutes until the quiche is almost set - the center will jiggle slightly. Remove from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly before serving.
- I like to use a mix of mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan but you can use whatever cheese you like - emmental, swiss, gruyere etc.
- To make this ahead, you can prepare the filling and custard separately the night before and store in the refrigerator. The next day, while the oven is heating up, assemble them in the ramekin then send them off to the oven!