For this month’s Baking Eggless group challenge, I chose a savoury bake. Every month we tried out sweet bakes and the members asked for savoury bakes for a change. So I selected a recipe for quiche from Martha Stewart’s web site. Quiche is a savoury pie usually filled with a mixture of cream, eggs and cheese. The crust is usually made of biscuit dough and when baked it becomes crisp and flaky. The filling comes out to be a soft custard complimenting the crispy base. Our challenge was to make the filling eggless.
Mix maida, butter, sugar and salt and mix it with finger tips until crumbly. You can also use a hand blender or food processor to do the work.
Add the water and bring the dough together. It will be still crumbly.
Place it in a cling wrap, cover and refrigerate for 30minutes.
Finely chop onion, green chillies and spinach.
Heat butter and add onion and green chillies.
When they turn golden, add the spinach and salt.
The spinach will wilt. Transfer contents to a colander and drain excess water. Press the mixture to remove all the liquid from the spinach.
Preheat oven to 200C.
Roll out the pie dough between two cling wraps into a thin circle.
Grease a 7 ½” pie dish with a loose bottom.
Remove the top cling wrap and place the rolled out dough on the pie dish.
Remove the other cling wrap and press the dough into the dish.
Remove excess dough.
The remaining dough can be used to line a small 4” pie dish.
Prick the lined dough with fork.
Blind bake for 10minutes.
Add paneer and milk and grind it to a smooth mixture.
Spread a portion of the cheese on the crust.
Divide the spinach mixture between two crusts.
Sprinkle another portion of the cheese on it.
Divide and pour the milk mixture on both the quiches.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake on the middle rack for 45-60minutes.
The smaller quiche will take only 30 minutes.
During the process, if the quiche browns fast, then place a wire tray on top shelf and place a foil on it to avoid further browning.
After 60minutes, remove the quiche from oven.
Once warm, place the quiche on a long, narrow but firm object. I used a condensed milk tin.
Gently loosen the sides and remove the side of the tin.
Now with a thin and long spatula, release the pie from the bottom plate.
Gently transfer to a serving plate.
Slice it up and serve.