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Craving quiche from Flour by Joanne Chang

The last post I mentioned that I bought a new cookbook and I would post the first thing I tried. I bought Flour by Joanne Chang from Amazon.uk. Although I have Nick Malgieri’s “Bake”and some other random pastry cookbooks I was still looking for a specific desserts/sweets cookbook.  As it is I have too many cookbooks but I still manage to find something that I “need”.But in my defense I do use every single one of them so I don’t feel guilty. Anyways, back to the book. I stumbled upon the title when I was browsing on Amazon’s website and all the reviews were so convincing I ordered the book. And after browsing in it every single day for 2 weeks, I am glad I bought it.

       

The pictures are wonderful and really inviting. And what I really like about the book is that the author gives a short intro about how the recipe came about and there are tons of suggestions to play with the recipes. So, bottom line: good choice if you’re looking for a in-depth cake/sweets/pies cookbook and if you’re an amateur baker like me.

Yesterday I was in the  mood for quiche and the first thing that came to mind was: leeks. I love the oniony flavor of leeks and they work so well with gruyère and bacon. So I decided upon leek,gruyère, bacon quiche. I used the pâte brisée recipe from “Flour”. I made it yesterday and let it rest overnight. In the morning I spread it on a 9-inch pan and blind baked it. Normally you wouldn’t cook the filling but I think that you have to with leeks because it brings out the flavor really well. I sautéed the bacon first, took it out and sautéed the leeks in butter. I flavoured it with some sprigs of thyme, salt and pepper. While I blind baked the quiche shell I mixed the custard; 6 L egg yolks, 2 tbs. of flour, heavy cream, half-and half, nutmeg and the gruyère.

After baking the quiche shell I filled it with the leek bacon filling and poured the custard on top. See pic below.

After baking for 55 min in 350 F oven, it was ready!. I couldn’t wait and honestly, I didn’t. I picked some mache lettuce from the garden and greedily ate a quarter of the quiche along with it. The crust was incredibly buttery( not for dieters) and the oniony leeks with the salty bacon made for a wonderful lunch. Definitely a good recipe for hearty pies and I will be sure to try this recipe out again. Enjoy!

 

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another idea for leeks

A few days ago at the Dirk grocery store leeks were on sale: €0,49 for 2 huge stalks. AT that time I had no idea what dish I was gonna make because honestly I hardly ever cook with them. I do love them in a potato and leek soup, yummy. But I bought them anyway as they looked good and to me when a vegetable looks good it inspires and challenges me to come up with something delicious. So yesterday I was browsing through my cookbooks and I noticed that they did not have a lot of recipes featuring leeks. Leeks are probably not in the top ten most popular vegetables out there. It’s a shame because I do love their flavour. So far I’ve had them in soup and a chicken pot pie. This time I wanted something different and I came up with pasta with leeks and bacon. I would’ve loved a bit of pancetta in there but bacon is a good substitute. I know Besides being yummy this dish is also ideal for weekdays when you don’t have much time to cook.

I started out with boiling some pasta while heating another pan with oil and frying the bacon. After the bacon was browned I added a bit of butter and followed by the leeks which I sliced in rings and washed. Leeks have to be washed thoroughly as they might contain quite a bit of dirt. I added salt and pepper and put a lid on the pan. After 10-15 minutes the drained pasta was added to the bacon and leek mixture along with some cream. Another 2 minutes and I could serve it up. I grated some parmesan over it as imagined it would taste even nicer, and it did. I already took a bite and then remembered I forgot to take a pic. How greedy am I, right.