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I love quiches because they’re so versatile and relatively easy, if time-consuming. When I first left home I adapted a recipe of my mother’s and would live on this for three or four days — alas, my quiches are polished off much more quickly now!

Broccoli, Sweetcorn and Onion Quiche

Pastry ingredients (for a quicker baking experience you can buy your pastry or pie case):

150g flour
75g butter
1 – 2 tbsp cold water

Filling ingredients:

2 eggs
250ml milk
150g mature cheddar, grated
1 small head of broccoli, chopped up small
1 small tin of sweetcorn, drained
1 onion, chopped
a little oil
Salt & pepper

Pre-heat your oven to 200 deg C. To make the pastry, rub the butter into the flour then add a little water, kneading and adding more water as necessary until you have a soft dough. Sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll out the dough until it will cover the base and sides of a 9-inch pie tin. Transfer your pastry to your greased pie tin and bake blind for 10 minutes, then remove your dried beans/pasta/whatever and bake for a further 10 minutes.

Saute your onion until just starting to brown, then add the broccoli and continue to cook until the onions are fully browned. Set aside. Beat together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Put your cheese and vegetables into the prepared pie case and mix gently together with a fork. Pour the egg mix over the top. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the centre is just set.

Make sure it is cool enough for your toddler before you let him/her eat any!

Variations

As I said above, quiches are very versatile. You can put almost anything in a quiche. Don’t like broccoli or corn or onions? Try sauteeing some thinly sliced carrot, some mushrooms, some halved cherry tomatoes (drain these before adding to quiche). Add a small can of artichokes, or peas, or green beans. Anything! The main thing to do is make sure your ingredients are not too ‘wet’– you don’t want soggy pastry, so make sure you drain things well.

What my toddler did:

  • Kneading pastry dough.
  • Rolling out pastry.
  • Helping to wash the vegetables.
  • Peeling the onion.
  • Helping to grate the cheese.
  • Helping to mix eggs and milk.
  • Putting cheese and corn into pie case.

The final product

Yum!

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