Quiche holds a special spot in my heart, I associate it with my sis-in-law, Den. In Essex we call it ‘cheese flan’ and Den makes the best one in the world, always with jacket potatoes and salad and everyone sits around the table lovin’ it.
It’s important to blind bake the pastry case so it’s nice and light and crumbly; and use a good mature cheddar. If you want you can buy ready-rolled shortcrust but do get one without artificial additives.
Heat the oven to 200 degrees.
For the pastry In a large mixing bowl rub the butter into the flour, with cool hands and working quickly, til it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add 3 tablespoons of water and mix quickly and lightly into a ball of dough, without too much handling.
Flour the worktop and roll the dough to about 5-7mm thick and use it to line the buttered flan dish. Cover the pastry with a large circle of baking paper and tip in the baking beans. Bake for about 20 minutes.
For the filling Whisk the eggs and cream and stir into the cheese. When the pastry case is done remove the paper and beans and fill with the cheese and egg mix. Add the spinach to the top then the sliced tomatoes, pepper and herbs.
Turn the oven down to 180 degrees and bake for 25 mins until the egg is set and the top is slightly golden.
Calcium is well-known for its importance to bone and tooth health but did you also know it helps your nerves to pass signals to each other? Calcium floods into muscle cells when they contract, so if you have a calcium imbalance your muscles will play merry hell, giving you cramp or not allowing you to move and lift and carry as you should be able to.
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