Classic Quiche Lorraine

Quiche is a menu workhorse. You can even freeze it to rewarm when needed.



1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 cup (50 mL) cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup (50 mL) lard or butter, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 tsp (5 mL) vinegar
Ice Water

6 slices bacon
1 onions, finely chopped
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
4 eggs
1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
1/4 cup (50 mL) 6% cream
2 tbsp (25 mL) Dijon mustard
3/4 cup (175 mL) Gruyère cheese


In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. In liquid measure, whisk egg yolk with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (75 mL). Drizzle over dry ingredients, stirring briskly with fork until pastry clumps together. Press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Or enclose in heavy-duty foil or resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Let cold or thawed pastry stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.)

On floured surface, roll out pastry to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Fit into 9-inch (23 cm) fluted quiche pan or pie plate. Trim edge to 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang; fold inside rim. Flute edge if using pie plate. Prick all over with fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Line pie shell with foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven until rim is light golden, about 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil; let cool on rack.

In large skillet, fry bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Drain fat from pan. Fry onion, pepper and salt over medium heat until softened, about 4 minutes.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Crumble bacon and add to egg mixture along with onion. Brush mustard over base of pastry shell; sprinkle with cheese. Pour in egg mixture.

Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until knife inserted in centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Reheat in 350°F/180°C oven for 20 minutes.)

Servings: 8

Nutritional Info

approx. per serving

  • cal333
  • pro12 g
  • total fat22 g
  • sat. fat11 g
  • carb21 g
  • fibre1 g
  • chol161 mg
  • sodium407 mg
  • %RDI
  • calcium15%
  • iron12%
  • vit A15%
  • vit C2%
  • folate22%


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