How to Make Quiche Lorraine

What is Quiche? Is it breakfast? Is it dinner? Does it matter?

Quiche is a delicious French dish made with eggs and cream and in this case, bacon!

This post is about how to make Quiche Lorraine — a delicious breakfast or dinner or brunch meal in a single dish.

Sure, you might serve it with some fruit or a muffin, but it can be a meal unto itself. And it’s fairly simple and definitely delicious.

Here’s I how make Quiche Lorraine:

Ingredients

1 9 Inch unbaked pie crust (I usually buy mine, but you can certainly make your own crust)

8 slices of bacon, cut into small-ish pieces

1/2 cup (or more if you like) chopped onion

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 pinch (or slightly more) cayenne pepper

3 eggs

2 egg yolks — yes, you’ll need an egg separator

1 1/2 cups heavy cream (you could make this lighter by using a half cup or slightly more of milk, but the cream really gives it a great consistency)

1 teaspoon thyme

5-6 ounces shredded swiss cheese (or Gruyere if you’re fancy) or both for fun!

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

2. Place pie crust in 9 inch pie plate (I use a deep dish pie plate to hold all the quiche mix) Bake in preheated oven 5-7 minutes

3. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F

4. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked through, 8-10 minutes — I typically add salt and pepper to the bacon as it cooks. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Add onions and cook until tender and browned, 4-6 minutes.

5. Whisk eggs, yolks, and cream together in a large bowl. Add thyme, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir.  Add bacon, cheeses, onions. Combine well.

6. Pour mixture into pie crust and bake until browned and set, around 40 minutes.

 

And that’s how to make Quiche Lorraine.

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How to Make Cannoli Cake

This Easter, my assignment was to bring dessert.  I enjoy baking and finding new ways to delight friends and family with food.

So, I decided to make a Cannoli Cake.

I love cannoli — it’s delicious!

But, how to make cannoli cake?

Well, here’s the recipe I used. It was fairly simple (using a cake mix helped shorten the steps) and it was incredibly well-received.

Cannoli Cake

Ingredients

1 package French vanilla cake mix — I always use Duncan Hines — I think the mixes turn out great!

Filling

1 16oz carton of ricotta cheese

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Frosting

2 8oz cartons of Marscapone cheese

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sliced almonds

2 tablespoons (or more) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, almond, and vanilla.  Stir in chocolate.

In another bowl, make the frosting. Beat the Marscapone cheese, confectioners’ sugar, milk, almond, and vanilla on medium speed just until creamy

Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining filling over top of cake to within 1 in. of edges. Frost sides and top of cake with frosting.

Press almonds into sides of cake. Sprinkle chocolate chips over time. Refrigerate until serving.

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