Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. frozen pie crust OR "Flaky butter Crust", (recipe follows)

  2. 6 ounces thick cut bacon , cut into narrow strips (or "lardons")

  3. 2 large eggs

  4. 2 large egg yolks

  5. 1 1/4 cups half-and-half

  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

  7. Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

  8. 1 cup grated gruyere or Swiss

  9. Flaky butter Crust:

  10. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  12. 7 tablespoons unsalted butter , chilled and cut into pieces

  13. 1 to 2 tablespoons ice water , or more as needed

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Crust To make the dough in a food processor, combine the flour, salt, and butter in the processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 10 seconds. With the machine running, add the ice water through the feed tube and pulse quickly 5 or 6 times, or until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides of the container. Gather the dough into a ball, flatten it into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  2. To make the dough by hand, combine the flour, salt, and butter in a medium bowl, and mix with a pastry blender or your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix until the dough comes together and is no longer dry, being careful not to over-mix. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  3. Quiche:

  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to an 11-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom and trim the edges. (Alternatively, a 9-inch pie pan can be used.) Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  6. Line the pastry with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until the crust is set, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove the paper and weights and bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

  7. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crisp and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Discard the fat or reserve for another use.

  8. Arrange the bacon evenly over the bottom of the baked crust.

  9. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, yolks, and half and half. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour into the prepared crust and bake until the custard is golden, puffed, and set yet still slightly wiggly in the center, 30 to 35 minutes.


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