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My Quiche Lorraine Recipe is rich & cheesy with the flakiest crust—it’s an essential for brunch!


Hi Bold Bakers!

This might be one of the most classic savory recipes I’ve shared to date. Quiche Lorraine is known for its rich cheese and bacon-and-egg filling, and is sure to impress anyone and everyone you share it with. My quiche recipe is simple and utilizes some of my favorite baking skills and results in a winning flavor.

My Quiche Lorraine Recipe starts with a buttery, homemade, and savory pie crust and is filled to the brim with crispy bacon and nutty gruyere cheese. My quiche makes a show-stopping crunch, and though usually served with fruit and coffee, it can just as easily be paired with a salad and enjoyed for dinner.

How do you make pie crust?

My Quiche Lorraine Recipe is built on a classic savory pastry crust. I love to make homemade crust, it makes all the difference in creating that buttery french bakery style pastry texture. The secret to a light and flaky crust is in the handy work.

I make my crust by hand because it helps me really feel how the ingredients are incorporated. I rub flour and butter together just until I reach the texture of breadcrumbs or wet sand. This means the butter is evenly distributed and that’s what creates the perfect crust.

[ If you’re looking to make an actual pie, here’s my Basic Pie Crust Recipe! ]

An important part of making the crust is letting it rest. This crust needs time to chill before it can be rolled out. Working with a colder crust means working it less, which is another secret to a great crust: you never want to handle it too much.

The last part of working with this crust is, of course, shaping it, one of my favorite parts. I just love the look of a hand-crimped crust!

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What can I add to this Quiche Lorraine Recipe?

This quiche filling is absolutely classic. In my opinion, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it — which is why I like to fill my quiche with a simple combination of heavy cream, eggs, gruyere cheese and cooked bacon. I love the salty rich filling as-is, but if you want to add in other things this is a great way to use those veggies you might have in your fridge or get in those extra greens.

Spinach, peppers, onion and asparagus are all great additions of this quiche recipe. Feel free to get creative!

How do you make quiche without eggs?

While you might think you can’t make this quiche without eggs, there is a great substitute for those who want to try it!

Chickpea flour, or garbanzo bean flour, sets up while baking and creates a similar texture to eggs. Its neutral flavor means it can easily substitute the eggs. I suggest adding 1 cup of chickpea flour to the cream mixture if you choose to omit the eggs.

How do I store quiche?

I love leftover quiche! This Quiche Lorraine recipe is great covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

It is lovely sliced and reheated in a low oven or even in the microwave, making this a great dish to make on the weekend and enjoy for breakfast or dinner during the week. The flavors are foolproof, and I can wait for you to give this recipe a go!

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If you want a quiche done right, you make my Quiche Lorraine Recipe!
Quiche Lorraine Recipe
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

My Quiche Lorraine Recipe is rich & cheesy with the flakiest crust—it’s an essential for brunch!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1 3/4 cups (8 3/4oz/247g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) butter, cold, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water, cold
Filling:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) cream
  • 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/57g) gruyere cheese, grated
  • 4 strips bacon, pre-cooked
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • chives, sliced, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Butter and line a 9-inch cake or pie tin and set aside. In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Rub in the butter until you resembled the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. 

  2. Next, beat together the egg and cold water and gradually add to the bowl with the flour and butter. Using your hands mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dough begins to form. Wrap in cling wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

  3. After one hour return the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a 13 x 15-inch circle. Using your rolling pin, wrap the dough around the pin then unwrap over your tin. Gently press the dough into the side of the tin to create the sides of the quiche, allowing the excess crust to hang over the edges of the pan. 

  4. Trim the excess crust from the sides of the pan then shape the crust. Crimp the edges of the crust (refer to this video for further instructions on this technique). Lastly, prick the bottom of the crust several time with a fork. This will allow any steam to escape while baking. 

  5. Once the crust is complete, allow it to chill again for another 20 minutes in the fridge. This will prevent the crust from shrinking while baking.  

  6. After the crust has chilled for 20 minutes, blind bake it. To blind bake cover your pie shell with a large piece of parchment paper. Gently fill the center of the crust with dry beans or lentils. This weighs the crust down and helps it keep its shape while baking. 

  7. Bake the crust at 375°F (190°C) for 15 minutes. The crust should be slightly golden brown around the edges and no longer raw-looking

  8. While the crust is baking prepare the filling: In a large bowl combine the cream, eggs, cheese, bacon, salt and pepper then set aside.

  9. Turn the oven down to 320°F (170°C). Remove the beans and parchment paper from the blind baked crust and fill it with your filling. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the filling is completely set and lightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

  10. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Plus, you can freeze, defrost and heat up later to enjoy as well.

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Recipe Notes

Egg Substitution: Chickpea flour, or garbanzo bean flour, sets up while baking and creates a similar texture to eggs. Its neutral flavor means it can easily substitute the eggs. I suggest adding 1 cup of chickpea flour to the cream mixture if you choose to omit the eggs.

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  1. Kristina Kohler on November 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Can you put this quiche in the freezer already put together and freeze the filling and pie crust,

    • Gemma Stafford on November 12, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      you can freeze the quiche if it’s already baked. They freezer really well. I like to slice mine and then freeze it so you can take out slices at a time :).

      Best,
      Gemma.

  2. Angie on November 10, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Hello dear Gemma 🙂 from Montreal.
    Can I replace cream for less fat liquid for the quiche? please
    Thank you for sharing your recipes
    Have a nice weekend!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Angie,

      I hear there is amazing food in Montreal.You absolutely can use just a regular milk instead of cream :).

      Best,
      Gemma.

  3. Nicole on September 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    What do I use if I don’t have any dry beans or lentils to blind bake ? Thank you 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on October 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Nicole,
      Rice is a good alternative too. There is a ceramic baking bean which works really well and you have these forever, but they are not found everywhere.
      Think about it, you are trying to weigh the pastry down in the pan. There may be something else you can use.
      Do not forget that you need some paper under whatever you use, and chilled pastry is easier to keep in shape,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Francine on September 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Gemma! Can I make the dough the day before and bake it and then put the filling in it the next day? If so, do I leave it out of the refrigerator?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Yes Francine, you can absolutely make it the day before and bake it too.

      Hope this helps,
      Gemma.

  5. AshaJose on September 24, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Hi Gemma!
    Your quiche recipe looks really simple and easy and thank you for showing it from scratch. I mean with the pie crust and all.
    I’ve never eaten quiche and I want to try this one but with chicken since I also want to serve this for a home party. Also, I thought I’ll try it in a muffin tray. My question is can I use a silicone muffin tray to bake the crust? How long would I need to blind bake it for? And how long with the custard?
    When using chicken do I use the same ingredients minus the bacon?
    Thank you Gemma for your recipes. They always turn out well when I make them.
    Regards,
    Asha.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 25, 2018 at 3:00 am

      Hi there,
      You will need to use cooked chicken for this, it would not cook sufficiently in the time.
      Yes, you can bake this in a muffin pan, use muffin liners with baking beads/beans/lentils etc to weigh it down to keep the shape for blind baking.
      Do not over wet this pastry, that is important to any pastry.
      I hope this works well for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Greta on September 10, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Gemma
    Thanks for yet another beautiful recipe. Can we add mozzarella cheese instead of gruyere cheese for the custard?by the way your stovetop chocolate cake was an instant hit in my family. Everyone just loved it.
    Love
    Greta

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2018 at 5:18 am

      Hi Greta,
      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, you can add mozzarella, cheese, though the grated one you buy in a bag tends not to have as good a flavor as a sharp cheddar which you grate yourself. You can experiment with this, get it right to your taste. A ball of buffalo mozzarella scattered over the quiche would be great too,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Greta on September 12, 2018 at 12:12 am

        Thank you Gemma for the prompt reply. What can be used if I don’t have parchment paper at home? Can I use Aluminum foil?

        • Gemma Stafford on September 12, 2018 at 2:51 am

          Hi Greta,
          Do you mean to take the baking beans? Then yes! There is a grease proof paper too which will be good for this purpose. For giving a non stick surface to a pan, butter or oil the pan, scatter on some flour and shake to distribute, shake out the excess, and set in the fridge. A good all purpose non stick remedy.
          I hope this is of help,
          Gemma 🙂

          • Greta on September 12, 2018 at 6:32 am

            That was truly helpful.. Gemma, you’re a gem!!Awaiting more of your fabulous recipes. Thank you once again for your patience.
            Lots of love
            Greta

            • Gemma Stafford on September 13, 2018 at 5:25 am

              Hi Greta,
              Thank you for your patience! The input here from you bold Bakers is invaluable, as there is no such thing as a silly question, they all add to our knowledge.
              Good to have you baking with us,
              Gemma 🙂



  7. Sandy on September 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Gemma, Another fantastic recipe. I used cheddar because I had it. The crust is perfect and the quiche is melting in my mouth.
    Can’t wait to have some tomorrow after it sits. Sending pictures if I find the place again.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Can’t wait to see the pictures 🙂

      Gemma.

  8. Caroline Graham on September 8, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Your website seems to be down or wonky, many of the pages have a “Sorry that page doesn’t exist” message. I was
    going to get the ebook, but can’t seem to find it or many others. Not sure if you were aware. Mug cakes for instance is one, as well as ice cream. The discussion forum doesn’t seem to have been answered lately or I would have posted there.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Caroline, thanks for your message. We had issues with the site yesterday morning but Kevin assures me everything is back on track now.

      Let me know if you come across any other issues.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  9. Esther Harvey on September 8, 2018 at 4:52 am

    My question is so ignorant, I hesitate to ask. Do you butter the pan or the paper…what kind of paper. I’ve never lined pans with paper.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Esther, there is no such thing as a stupid question around here. You butter the pan, not the paper. Parchment paper never needs buttering as it is grease proof already 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  10. Helen on September 7, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Hi Gemma
    It’s awesome that you’re sharing savoury recipes too!
    If I wanted to use this recipe to make a few small quiches (maybe 4 or 6), how would the baking times and temps differ?
    Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Hi Helen,
      Mini quiches are a great idea, and work really well. Use muffin paper cases when blind baking. the pastry should bake in about 20 mins, and the temperature has to remain the same. The filling will bake quickly, so keep an eye on it. If you are adding other ingredients, such as mushrooms/ham/peppers etc. cook these before adding as they would not have sufficient time to cook properly in the quiche.
      I hope you enjoy this recipe,
      Gemma 😉

  11. Seline on September 7, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Hey, Gemma! I’m excited to try this recipe. Can I do this in a muffin tin? Also, does it has to be gruyere cheese or can I change it with other cheese? I can’t find gruyere cheese in my country. Thank you and have a good day! 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Hi Seline,
      Yes, this will work well for you in a muffin pan. Use paper muffin cases to bling bake the shells, and watch the timing, it will be fast. A lovely thing to do for a buffet party.
      Cheddar is a great flavored cheese, and melts beautifully too, that will be perfect for you.
      I hope you enjoy these mini quiches, I know others will,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Reenie on September 7, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Made this tonight. Absolutely the best quiche and the best quiche crust I have ever made…and believe me there have been many failures! I will use this base all the time now. I followed the recipe exactly , just added a spring onion. Thanks, Gemma, have never had a failure with any of your recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 1:03 am

      Hi Reenie,
      I am delighted that you liked this recipe. The pie crust is a keeper, I know this too, good too for sweet tarts, even adding a little powdered sugar to make a sweet crust. Have fun with it.
      Thank you for this lovely review. Now get to bed! haha, me too,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Joe on September 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Lovely Gemma, I hail from India and being a vegetarian I am so glad that you have given an egg substitute. You are great and charming…Cheers!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 1:04 am

      Hi Joe,
      That is very kind, thank you. I am delighted to have you with us in India,
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Amelia on September 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Thanks for the great recipe! I love quiche! I would like to know if there is any way we can skip the blind baking of the crust? Any tricks or hacks perhaps? Thx!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 1:33 am

      Hi Amelia,
      No! and there is a very good reason for this. The pastry needs to be baked in a hot oven, and the quiche filling is a custard, which needs to be baked in a medium oven, there is a mismatch between these two things. You could bake the case ahead of time, and even freeze it pre baked in the pan, well wrapped. that would be handy then when you need it. Baked goods defrost really quickly too, so a good plan if you need it.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Seline on September 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Hey, Gemma! I’m excited to try this recipe. Can I do this in a muffin tin? Also, does it has to be gruyere cheese or can I change it with other cheese? I can’t find gruyere cheese in my country. Thank you and have a good day!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 1:37 am

      Hi Seline,
      First of all the cheese, yes, you can use ant cheese which will melt, and which has a decent flavor. cheddar is a good choice for this.
      Then the muffin pan, yes! why not, a perfect party food, mini quiche. To get the pastry shell to form well use muffin paper cases to hold the baking beans, that works really well.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Seline on September 7, 2018 at 3:08 am

        Thanks for replying! How many quiches will this make in muffin tins?

        • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

          Hi Seline,
          I never thought of that!
          This recipe will make between 6 and 8 muffin sized quiche. I think I would double the pastry and filling to be sure I had 12 good sized quiche. If you have a bit over you can bake and freeze the pastry, or indeed the quiche, that will work well for you,
          Gemma 🙂

  16. Liza on September 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    GAHHHHH IM OBSESSED with all things Gemma Irish And or savory! I LOVE quiche and am gluten free. I’m sure you’re alreAdy in the works but a yummy FLAKY gf crust for quiche would be lovely!!!!! Or can I just use your gf flor recipe in this? THANK U U AMAZING SOUL!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your ‘crazy’ and delightful message! lol.
      I think a good all purpose GF flour will work well for this pastry. It is really worth a try, it will not be a fail.
      I hope this is of help to you. do let us know how you worked this, it will be a big help to me, and to other GF bakers.
      Thank you for being here with us, and for making me smile,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Tarja Ranta on September 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Hi! Will this work if I just substitute the flour with gluten free flour? Or should I change the amounts of other ingredients or add something?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 7:24 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, I really believe it will. Do be careful about the water though, you may need a little more or less depending on the blend,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Bronwyn on September 6, 2018 at 10:27 am

    This looks and sounds lovely. I haven’t made a quiche in a long time. Will be trying this recipe.
    If using chickpea flour for the egg free option, if you add a little Kala Namak (Himalayan Black Salt) it should help to give it an egg like scent and flavour. I often use it in tofu scramble for this purpose.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Bronwyn, that is amazing advice, thank you so much. Now I need to find that salt, it sounds wonderful, thank you for your input here,
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Joy on September 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

    This is a great teaching video, I enjoy learning and seeing how to make quiche, pie crust, scones, and breads. You make it look simple.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Hi Joy,
      It is simple! that is the thing, really easy when you get used to doing things. Practice as they say is perfect!
      Gemma 🙂

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