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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pie*ography Thursday II

Anne Marie at Na-Da Farm Life has started Pie*ography Thursday, what a neat idea! :)

If I could be a pie, I would want to be a quiche. Making quiche defines my current philosophy towards cooking and baking...use what you have on hand and use as many homegrown or locally grown ingredients as possible. For this basic quiche, I used our farm fresh eggs, some spicy, pepper-jack style cheese made with our goat milk and some of the milk itself. The bacon is local and came from one of the vendors at the Farmer's Market. During the late fall and early winter, I can even get locally grown onions at the Farmer's Market. The beauty of quiche is that pretty much anything goes for the filling, meat or no meat, any type of cheese or even no cheese, and any vegetables you want to include.

I have always been more of a cookie and cake person and only recently started making pies. It's only been in the last year that I even started making my own pie crust! This pie crust recipe is my absolute favorite and comes from Ree Drummond's "The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Food From My Frontier." For a two-crust pie, double the ingredients.

Crust               **Click here to print this recipe**

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
3 to 4 tablespoons cold water

Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter. The mixture should look like large crumbs and begin to cling together in clumps. Sprinkle the cold water over the dough and with your hands, mix it in until the dough holds together. Roll out the dough two inches larger than your pie pan. Place dough in pie pan, crimp the edges and put it in the refrigerator while making the filling.


6 to 8 slices bacon, depending on size
1 1/2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups half & half (I use half goat milk and half heavy cream)
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Chop up the bacon into bite-sized pieces and cook in a heavy skillet until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the skillet, add the onions and cook over medium low heat until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
Mix the eggs, half & half and salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the bacon, onions and cheese, stir to combine. Pour the filling into the chilled pie shell, cover lightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the quiche is set and the crust is golden brown. I put a pie shield on towards the end so the crust doesn't burn.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Serve warm or cold, either way is delicious!

So, what kind of pie are you?

Linking up with The Country Homemaker Hop, Farmgirl Friday, What I Am Eating and P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday.


brokenteepee said...

I love quiche and pie for that matter. I make pies in the summer when I have fresh fruit. Substitute 1tbsp of that water for cold apple cider vinegar. Your crust will be flakier

Candy C. said...

Thanks Patty, I will do that next time! :)

TexWisGirl said...

i am SO not a quiche person. eggs are not my favorite thing.

Anonymous said...

That looks so yummy! Now you have me wanting to make some quiche.

Scrapatches said...

Mmmmmmmm ... I love pie! Any kind of pie. Fruit pies are my favorites ... like apple, lemon, berry pies. Yum! I also love custard pies, like pumpkin. So good!

Quiche is also very tasty. Your homemade one with the freshest of ingredients sounds so delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

I like to add cider vinegar to my pie crust, too Also, for part of the water, I add an egg and froth it before adding it to the flour mixture. Not sure where I learned to do this, but it works for me.

Last weekend, I made homemade apple bars for our Sunday treat with my crust in a jelly roll pan. They disappeared so fast I did not get to take a picture.

After reading your post and drooling at the pictures, I think I am now going to be making crust and baking pie for tonight.

Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Buttons Thoughts said...

Looks easy sounds and looks delicious. Excuse me I have to go rummage around in my kitchen:) B

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Yummy! I've actually never tried a quiche before, but I think it's about time! :) Yours looks so delicious.

Susan said...

That looks so perfect! You could be a food stylist! I love pies - especially quiches. Now that I've found a GF pie crust that is delish, I am going to make my favorite - lemon curd tart!

Alica said...

Yummm...this sounds like a good Saturday morning breakfast for us. It's the one day I can cook a hot, hearty breakfast for everyone around here!

Unknown said...

Lovely post! Our first linky party is on at
We hope you can join us. Have a beautiful weekend!

Anne Marie said...

sounds great! my husband would especially like the bit of spicy with the pepper jack...year round fresh onions sounds so nice...
thank you so much for sharing!!
xo + blessings,
Anne Marie

jp@A Green Ridge said...

Pepper jack is GREAT in quiche! It's also great on pizza!!!...:)JP

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I like a good quiche, with bacon! I'm lucky my husband likes to bake ( I think, I'd probably be thinner if he didn't)

Marigold said...

Yum! What kind of pie am I? Peanut, of course. Do you think you can make a Peanut pie? That might be interesting. As an aside, the Goatmother's mother used apple cider vinegar in her pie crust just like Patty. It was always very flaky.

traci said...

this is wonderful. i could even make this. thanks so much for joining in.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thanks for the recipe!

Unknown said...

My fave is key lime pie...

Kateri said...

That looks good! I like quiche, but my husband doesn't so I don't make it very often. I am not a big fruit pie person, though I make them for dessert often for company. People feel special if you make them a homemade pie, I have discovered. :)

Nancy said...

Looks delish, Candy -- I like your collage. Very cool. :)

Unknown said...

Congratulations Candy! Your Quiche recipe is this weeks Tasty Tuesday feature at Dandelion House! Thank so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us and all you share at the FFBlog Hop!
xo Deb

A Colorful World said...

Oh, this looks SOOO delicious! Writing this recipe down!