Spinach Quiche

Ingredients:

  • Tart Shell
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold)
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • Filling
    • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained well)
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • Black pepper to taste

Directions

Place the flour, salt and sugar in a medium bowl.

Cut the butter into small pieces, and, using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work it into the flour mixture. The mixture should resemble coarse meal with pea-size bits of butter throughout.

Stir in the egg yolk and milk using a fork.

Blend thoroughly to create a rough, shaggy-looking dough.

Turn out the dough onto a floured board and work it with your hands to blend the butter in more thoroughly.

Form the dough into a flat disc, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it for at least one hour.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and turn it onto a floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, press the dough into a circle that’s approximately 12 inches wide and 1/8 inch thick.

Press this circle of dough into a 10 inch fluted quiche pan. Trim the top edges of the dough, but leave a ½ inch overhang to crimp and allow for shrinkage as the crust bakes. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least another hour.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and unwrap. Place a layer of parchment paper over the tart shell and fill it with dried beans or blind-baking stones.

Blind bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust appears golden. Loosely apply foil to the fluted edges if they start to overbrown. Remove from the oven and cool it for 20-30 minutes, or until it reaches room temperature. Pour out the beans and remove the parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 325° F.

As the crust cools, whisk together the eggs, cream, whole milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Squeeze any excess moisture out of the cooked spinach and chop finely.

Place the baked pie shell, still in its pan, on a baking tray. Lay the spinach evenly over the baked pie shell.

Pour the egg mixture on the top. Cover the edges of the tart with foil to prevent burning. Slide the entire baking pan into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the custard is set. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving, or the quiche may fall apart when sliced.

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