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French Cooking – Quiche Lorraine Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Cooking

One of my favorite French dishes is quiche and when I was a student living in France, some of the French girls in my dorm used to make Quiche Lorraine for us to enjoy on the weekends.  Here is a recipe I got from one of them:

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
10 ½ tblsp butter
6 eggs
2 ¼ cups bacon
2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
10 tblsp of fresh liquid cream
4 ¼ cups of milk
water
salt, pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2. Prepare the shortcut pastry.  Sift the flour into a bowl.  Place the salt in the middle of the flour as well as 1 egg yolk and a ½ cup of water.  Mix with a wooden spoon.  Add the softened butter, then mix again.
3. Knead the dough for a few minutes, then make it into a ball and let stand for 20 minutes.
4. Next, dice the bacon and blanch it for a few minutes in a frying pan with a little bit of cold water.  Drain and set aside.
5. Beat the 5 remaining eggs in a bowl along with the fresh cream and the milk, a pinch of salt and some pepper.
6. Roll out the dough and arrange it into a buttered pie pan.  Then, sprinkle the bacon and cheese on the bottom and pour in the egg mixture.
7. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.  Serve hot.

Although many Americans may want to eat this for breakfast or brunch, the French usually eat it for lunch or supper along with a mixed salad and bread.

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