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Quiche for Caroline

pancetta and chive quiche recipeThere is absolutely nothing more special than welcoming your first child into the world. All children are a blessing, but there is something so magical about your first. Today, we are celebrating Caroline of Chocolate & Carrots with a virtual baby shower as she and her husband are about to have their first baby. They do not know what they are having, which I wish more couples would do. We did not find out with our last baby, and it is was like Christmas times a thousand. 12 bloggers are going to have a shower for her online as we cannot be together in real life. Caroline is a total sweetheart. We got to spend a lot of time together at Blissdom after being blog friends for awhile. Caroline, I am so very happy for you and Logan, and you are going to be an amazing mother.

Here is a list to the other posts in Caroline’s honor:
Drinks:

Healthy Food For Living – Carrot Cake Colada
Bran Appetit – Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

Savory:

Baked Bree – Pancetta and Chive Quiche
Simply Whole Kitchen – Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto

Pastries:

Food Doodles – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs
Kevin & Amanda – Baby Cinnamon Buns

Desserts:

Baked by Rachel – Mini Lemon Lime Cheesecakes
Bake Your Day- No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce
Eat Good 4 Life – No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
Fearless Homemaker – Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream
ItzyΓ­s Kitchen – 10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Keep It Sweet – Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and Chocolate Ganache
Texanerin Baking – 100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes

When I have a shower in real life, I like to make quiche. My mom was a caterer for many years, and she makes the best quiche I have ever eaten. It is so easy, and can be customized to make just about any kind of quiche that you want. The beauty of a quiche is that it can be made ahead of time, and just reheated when you need to serve it. It is also a great way to use up leftovers or random things that you have in your fridge.

Depending on what size tart pan you use and how much filling you have, the egg mixture can usually fill two quiche. Sometimes, if I need more egg mixture, I will halve the recipe and use that to fill my tart.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipeBasic Quiche base:

pie crust
8 eggs
half-and-half or cream (enough to fill the blender to 2 cups)
salt and pepper
freshly grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper

For this quiche:

1/4 pound thick cut pancetta
3 green onions, sliced
2 Tablespoons fresh thyme
1 Tablespoon fresh chive
1/2 cup shredded aged white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

thyme and pancetta quiche recipeCube the pancetta, and cook in a pan until cooked and crispy. Drain on a paper towel.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipePress the pie dough into a tart pan. As you can see from my picture, mine needed a little patch work. That is completely fine, it will be covered, and no one will be the wiser. Scatter pancetta, green onions, thyme, and chive into the pie dough.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipeAdd cheese.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipePut 8 eggs in the blender. Add enough half-and-half to reach 2 cups. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper. Grate some nutmeg, and add a pinch of cayenne. Blend until frothy and light.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipePour the quiche base over the pie dough. Let it sit for a minute, and run a fork through it to make sure that the egg mixture gets everywhere and that the ingredients are dispersed evenly. If you need to, pour in more egg mixture.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipeBake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. The filling should be set, and the crust golden brown.

thyme and pancetta quiche recipeYou can make these ahead of time, and reheat before serving.

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Quiche for Caroline


Ingredients

Basic Quiche base:

  • pie crust
  • 8 eggs
  • half-and-half or cream (enough to fill the blender to 2 cups)
  • salt and pepper
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch cayenne pepper

For this quiche:

  • 1/4 pound thick cut pancetta
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chive
  • 1/2 cup shredded aged white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Instructions

  1. Cube the pancetta, and cook in a pan until cooked and crispy. Drain on a paper towel.
  2. Press the pie dough into a tart pan. As you can see from my picture, mine needed a little patch work. That is completely fine, it will be covered, and no one will know the wiser. Scatter pancetta, green onions, thyme, and chive into the pie dough.
  3. Add cheese.
  4. Put 8 eggs in the blender. Add enough half-and-half to reach 2 cups. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper. Grate some nutmeg, and add a pinch of cayenne. Blend until frothy and light.
  5. Pour the quiche base over the pie dough. Let it sit for a minute, and run a fork through it to make sure that the egg mixture gets everywhere and that the ingredients are dispersed evenly. If you need to, pour in more egg mixture.
  6. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. The filling should be set, and the crust golden brown.
  7. You can make these ahead of time, and reheat before serving.

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  1. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Bree!!! You have no idea what this means to me. I am completely surprised and keep boo-hoo-ing because of all of your kind and thoughtful posts. This quiche looks amazing (especially love the name). πŸ˜‰ I could eat quiche everyday. I actually just made mini-muffin quiches for dinner last night! πŸ˜€ Thank you so so so much for the lovely shower. I can’t thank you enough Bree!

  2. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I am so glad that you were surprised! And I am glad that you like the quiche made in your honor. I cannot wait to hear what baby Edwards is!

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I love the shape you used for the quiche, great choice for the shower:-)

  4. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    thank you Lauren!

  5. tinafreysd

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for a great idea you share in here..Its really amazing kind of recipe..Hope you can share more.

  6. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I will! This is a good base recipe, you can do a million things with it.

  7. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    This looks so beautiful Bree! I love anything in a tart pan!

  8. Sara

    April 16th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Such a beautiful quiche, looks almost too good to eat (almost)!

  9. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Sara! It tastes as good as it looks. πŸ™‚

  10. Deborah

    April 16th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    A perfect dish for a shower. Delicious!

  11. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    thank you Deborah!

  12. Tine

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Quiche always is a good idea!

  13. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    It really is, isn’t it?

  14. Cassie

    April 16th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Wow, Bree. This is so stunning. I love quiche and you have nailed it on the flavors here. Sounds and looks so delicious!

  15. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Cassie! I have made this one for a long time, inspired from an old Jamie Oliver recipe. His had goat cheese, but it is not my favorite.

  16. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    April 16th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful pictures, as always. πŸ™‚ And I love that rectangular tart pan. Much more interesting than the regular circular shaped ones!

    The quiche looks marvelous. I wish we had people over more often for breakfast! I have a long list of brunch items and this just went on it.

  17. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Don’t save it just for brunch! We have it for dinner sometimes too. With a little salad, and it is a perfect meal. Thanks for organizing this for Caroline.

  18. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    April 16th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Quiche is the perfect shower food! I can’t believe it’s something I always forget about, but I always love them. Yours looks fantastic!

  19. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you Heidi, I forger about it too. It is so easy and you can make it ahead. My favorite kind of party food.

  20. amy @ fearless homemaker

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    such a gorgeous quiche – what a wonderful addition to the shower. so glad to be part of it with you!

  21. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Me too Amy! Hope that she liked it.

  22. Bree

    April 16th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Such a pretty, elegant shape!

  23. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    thank you Bree! I think that it is easier to cut too.

  24. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    What a gorgeous quiche! I love that you made it in a tart pan, and the combination of ingredients sounds delicious =).

  25. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    thank you Lauren. I love making in a tart pan, easier to cut!

  26. Sarah

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful quiche! Virtual shower – what a fun idea!

  27. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    thank you Sarah! I cannot take credit for it, but it was fun to do.

  28. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I love baby showers! What a special time for Caroline; congratulations to her! I love quiche and have not had one in far to long. This one is beautiful! Perfect for a Sunday brunch or the weekend. Another fabulous recipe of yours I look forward to making! πŸ™‚

  29. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you Jennifer! I remember waiting for my first baby, it feels like such a long time ago.

  30. laura k

    April 16th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I love so many things here: I love having a blogger baby shower on the internets. I love your rectangular quiche. I love your beautiful little salt cellar (I’m assuming, at least, that’s what the small wooden box is). Beautiful. And so sweet!

  31. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I love all of those things too! It is a salt cellar. It was a gift from a good friend, so I love it even more.

  32. Stacey S

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    So wonderful – what a nice thing to do!! The quiche looks scrumptious. And a big congrats to Caroline!

  33. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    thank you Stacey! She is going to be a wonderful mother. πŸ™‚

  34. Erica

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    BEAUTIFUL quiche! Reminds me that I don’t make these enough

  35. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t make them enough either. Such a good way to use up leftovers too.

  36. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    April 17th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Bree, this looks delicious. I’m LOVING that rectangle tart pan. But even more, I’m loving the new look on the blog. Very clean and pretty! Hope you’re having a great week!!!

  37. Jessica W

    April 17th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I LOVE this tart pan idea! What size is the pan you used? I am planning a brunch in a couple of weekends for my daughter’s dance recital and would love to do this!

  38. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Click this link, I used the one in the back in the picture, but I also have the one in the cery front and have used that one as well for quiche.
    https://www.ablekitchen.com/supplies/BH-80125410/Quiche-Pan-35-x-11-x-1-dp-long-rectangular-removable-bottom-tin.html?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=cpc_r&utm_campaign=feeds

  39. Courtney

    April 17th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it; I love quiche. It’s been a little while since I’ve visited your site (we just moved into our new house so things have been CRAZY and I still don’t have internet service), but I just wanted to tell you that I love your new look!

  40. Stephanie

    April 17th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I associate quiche with my mom too because hers is so good. In fact, I like it so much that I never learned to make it myself. For mother’s day this year I want to make a quiche for her so I’m starting to collect recipes of them. Yours looks delicious!

  41. Hannah

    April 17th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I adore quiche, and this looks incredible. What a sweet idea, to do a long-distance shower!

  42. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Hannah! This recipe is my favorite, I make it all the time.

  43. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    April 17th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Wow! I just dropped in from Food Doodles, and I am amazed at what a beautiful site you have! Your food is amazing and I love everything about it… i will be be back for more!! This quiche is to die for! What an amazing baby shower you and your friends have thrown! Amazing πŸ™‚

  44. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Well, thank you so much! Please come back!

  45. brandi

    April 18th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    this quiche is gorgeous! i just made my first homemade quiche a few weeks ago and i’m hooked. i’ll be making this next πŸ™‚

  46. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you Brandi! I love quiche too. I love that once you fins a good base recipe, you can adapt it a million ways.

  47. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    April 18th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    What a gorgeous quiche. Perfect for the baby shower.

  48. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you Erin!

  49. angela@spinachtiger

    May 11th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    You can’t go wrong with gruyere cheese and pancetta. Looks so beautiful. I love quiche It will never go out of style.

  50. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Nope, you really can’t can you?

  51. Laurel

    April 19th, 2015 at 1:19 am

    really love your quiche recipe, trying to find the pan you used!
    Looked on the site you listed and could not find it, what are the measurements?
    Thanks Laurel

  52. Laurel farnsworth

    April 20th, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Hi Bree,
    We are trying to find the quiche pan you used, the product number on the link does not exist. Can you tell me what size the pan actually is and if it is still available?
    Your quiche looks wonderful, we would really like to try it, but don’t have a quiche pan I believe is large enough!
    Thanks so much!
    Laurel Farnsworth

  53. bakedbree

    April 20th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t know exactly what size it is. You can use a pie dish. It can be made in just about any vessel.

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