Originating in the seventeenth century, this is the original quiche, a mix of egg and bacon. Although not traditional, adding 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese to the tart pastry adds a great savoury texture. For a more flaky pastry, blind bake pie shell before filling it. Delicious served as a light meal with a crisp green salad, or as a starter.

Tart pastry
1 1/2 cups (210g) flour
1/2t salt
125g cold butter, cubed to 1cm
Iced water (cold water with ice cubes in a jug)

2T butter
±250g streaky bacon, chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup double cream or crème fraîche
Salt and pepper
Grated nutmeg

  1. Tart pastry
  2. Place the flour, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse, until mixture forms crumbs – do not over process (alternatively rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips to form breadcrumb texture).
  3. With the motor running, add a little water at a time, until a soft dough ball forms. Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for 30 minutes (this gives the dough time to relax and stops shrinking when rolling).
  4. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface to 3mm. Use the pastry to line a 24cm loose bottomed tart tin. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, or until needed (or if in a hurry place in the freezer for 10 minutes).
  5. Filling
  6. Preheat the oven to 210°C.
  7. Heat the butter in a frying pan, then fry the bacon until lightly coloured. Transfer to paper towels and allow to drain and cool.
  8. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  9. Scatter the bacon over the base of the pastry case, carefully pour in the egg mixture and place into the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the filling has set and the top is coloured, then remove from the oven, and allow to stand for five minutes before serving.

Gives 6 to 8 slices

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