Posted May 29, 2014

Cooking Class Recipes - Ultimate Quiche Lorraine and Quick Hummus

The Craigmillar young mums group made the “ultimate quiche lorraine” as well as super-quick hummus last week. Here are the recipes:


Quiche Lorraine


-  flour, for dusting - £0.01

- 500g block ready-to-roll shortcrust pastry - £1.25

- 200g smoked streaky bacon, chopped - £0.69

-  85g medium cheddar, cut into small cubes - £0.48

-  3 eggs, lightly beaten - £0.51

- 284ml tub double cream - £1.00

-  pinch grated nutmeg - £0.01

Total cost - £3.95

How to make:

1.    Roll out pastry and lift into tin: Leave pastry to soften at room temperature so it doesn’t crack when rolling. Lightly flour rolling pin and work surface. Gently press top of pastry, from the end closest to you outwards, a few times, turn 90°, then repeat until 1cm thick. Now roll out pastry in one direction only, turning every couple of rolls, to a circle the thickness of a £1 coin. Use the rolling pin to lift pastry up and over tin, floured side facing up.

2.    Line the tin and trim the pastry: Smooth pastry over the base of the tin to remove any pockets of air. Gently ease pastry into the inside edge of tin and against the sides. Trim overhanging pastry with kitchen scissors so pastry rises 1cm above the rim. Roll excess pastry into a small ball and use to press pastry into the fluted edges. Chill for 30 mins, covered with cling film. Any left over can be chilled and reused, or frozen for up to a month.

3.    Bake the pastry case blind: Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cut a large piece of baking parchment, then scrunch into a ball. Open it out and use to line chilled pastry case, then tip in baking beans with more against the sides, to support pastry wall when baking. Bake on a baking sheet for 15-20 mins until the sides are crisp and set. Remove from oven and carefully lift paper and beans out. Return pastry to oven and cook for another 5 mins or until the base and sides are golden and crisp.

4. Fill pastry case and bake Lower oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Heat a pan, then fry the bacon until golden. Scatter over the pastry base, discarding excess fat, followed by the cheese. Mix eggs, cream and nutmeg together, then half-fill the case. Rest baking sheet on an oven shelf, then pour in the rest of the mixture. Bake for 30-35 mins or until just set. Remove and allow to cool for 10 mins.

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Quick Hummus


- 200g/7oz canned chickpeas - £0.55

- 2 tbsp lemon juice or more - £0.02

- 2 garlic cloves, crushed - £0.06

- 1 tsp ground cumin - £0.01

- Salt

- 4 tbsp water

- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil - £0.05

- 1 tsp paprika - £0.01

Total cost: £0.70

How to make:

1.  Drain the chickpeas and rinse. Reserve a few whole chick peas for serving.

2.  Combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahini, and water in a food processor, and blend to a creamy purée.

3.  Add more lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste. Turn out into a dinner plate, and make smooth with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and scatter with the reserved chickpeas.

4.  Sprinkle with paprika and serve with pita bread, warmed in a moderate oven for three minutes, and cut into quarters.

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