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!