2 shallots, diced(2 shallots is about 4 ounces, and when diced will yield about 1/2 cup.)
1-1/2cupsGruyère cheese, shredded(or you can also use a good Swiss cheese)
1teaspoon fresh or dried thyme, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoongarlic powder
1/4 teaspoonblack pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1cuphalf & half
Prepare the tart shell:
Have ready a 10-1/2-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Roll out the All Butter Pie Crust Doughon a lightly floured surface, to a diameter of about 13 inches, and the dough should be about 1/4-inch thick.
Carefully move the dough to the tart pan and fit the dough into the pan: do not stretch the dough to make it fit. Instead, lift the edges of the dough to move it into position. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the pan. Roll your rolling pin over the top of the pan to shear off the excess dough, so that the dough just reaches to the top edge of the pan. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork several times.
Line the pastry dough with foil and then fill the pan with pie weights or dry beans up to the edge. Drape a piece of plastic wrap over the top and refrigerate the pastry shell for 30 minutes.
Cook the bacon and shallots:
Preheat the oven to 375° F.
While the dough is chilling, saute the chopped bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until the bacon is browned and crispy. Remove the bacon and hold it aside. Drain off the fat, reserving 1 tablespoon of the fat.
Return the skillet to the stovetop and add the reserved tablespoon of fat to the pan. Add in the chopped shallots, and saute them over medium heat for about two minutes. They should soften fairly quickly. Remove the shallots from the pan and add them to the cooked bacon. Toss the two together.
Blind bake the tart shell:
Remove the pastry shell from the fridge and remove the plastic wrap. Bake the shell for 20 minutes. Take the pie shell out of the oven, and remove the beans and foil. Add a few more fork pricks to the bottom of the shell if it is puffing up, and then bake the shell for 10 minutes longer. Remove the tart pan to a cooling rack.
Assemble the quiche:
Increase the oven temperature to 400° F.
In a large bowl beat the eggs together with the thyme, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Add in the half & half and milk, and whisk the mixture together thoroughly.
Place the pan with the tart shell on a baking sheet. (This will make it easy to carry to the oven.) Spread the bacon and shallot mixture over the bottom of the tart shell and sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded Gruyère over this. Carefully pour in the egg-cream mixture to just below the edge of the crust. (You may have just a little more filling than you need, depending on how much your crust puffed up.) Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
Place the baking sheet with the quiche in the oven on a rack positioned in the center. Bake the quiche for 15 minutes. Then, reduce the temperature to 325° F and bake the quiche for another 30 minutes. It should be lightly browned in places and look set. You can test it with a knife inserted in the center if you want, and it should come out clean.
Allow the quiche to cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. You can also serve it at room temperature. Makes 6 servings.
After baking the quiche can be wrapped and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. It can also be well-wrapped and frozen for up to 2 months. Allow it to thaw in the fridge and then reheat it at 350° F.
This recipe is based on using a metal tart pan with a removable bottom. If you choose to bake the quiche in a glass or ceramic pan, move the oven rack to a lower position to help the bottom crust bake through properly.