Roquefort Quiche

In a French cafe, looking at Notre Dame in the distance, I ordered the quiche of the day, totally unexpecting for it to be one of the best things I’ve eaten. Blue cheese, or Roquefort, never really was my thing; I always thought that the taste was way too overpowering. But it appears that my taste buds are changing because when I got a taste of this Roquefort quiche, I had to recreate it when I got home. It was so creamy and savory; UGH, it was terrific. I made my own pastry crust, but you can always use pre-made crust from the store. La Cuisine d’Annie helped me with bringing this French classic back home.

Here’s a beautiful picture of that meal we had, ft. the quiche, escargot, and some frois gras so you really get the whole vibe.

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour, 200g
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, 100g, cut into small cubes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Cup water

Bechamel Sauce

  • 30g Flour
  • 30g Butter
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 5 oz, 150g Roquefort/Blue Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt & Pepper

Lets Get Cooking

We are starting with the pie crust as it needs to rest up & par-bake.

Combine the 200g of flour and 100g of butter in a large bowl. Incorporate the butter into the flour by crumbling it by hand. It should end up looking like breadcrumbs.

Slowly add in the water, mixing until it forms a soft ball, stopping as soon as it stops sticking to. thebowl. Lightly flour a work service and gently flatten out the the dough. Cover with a towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

Once risen, roll it out to fit the size of your pan. Once the pan is lined with the crust, prick the dough with a fork and par-bake for 5 minutes at 375F. Let cool.

Now it’s on to the bechemel. In a saucepan add in the 30g of butter and melt it on LOW. Add in the 30g of flour and mix, let sit until foamy.

Add in the milk and gently combine, add in the salt and pepper. Whisk until combined and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the bechemel from heat, add in the nutmeg + roquefort + the egg. Mix well.

Heat the oven to 415F

Add the bechemel to the par-baked pie crust and cook for 25 minutes.

Enjoy, I hope you are transported to a cafe in Paris when you eat this.

Made with Love,
Hannah

Croissants

So you want to make croissants, I understand the desire. Croissants are so perfectly buttery and flaky you can’t resist them. I decided to dedicate 3 days to make these croissants before a camping trip with friends. These croissants can be used for breakfast sandwiches, which is how I used them, or plain. I also have a chocolate croissant recipe that you can check out here!

But anyways, let’s get going on the croissants. I used The Weekend Bakery’s recipe, it is extremely detailed and helpful. I do recommend before you get started that you have 3 days set aside and a kitchen scale!

Ingredients

  • 500 g Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 140g Water
  • 140g Whole Milk
  • 55g Sugar
  • 40g Solt Unsalted Butter
  • 11g Instant Yeast
  • 12g Salt
  • 280g COLD Unsalted Butter for laminating
  • 1 egg + 1 tsp water [egg wash]

Let’s Get Laminating

Since you are laminating butter into dough you need to make sure that not only is the butter very cold but also the room you are working in. Your butter will quickly melt, ruining the croissants.

Day 1

Combine all the dough ingredients, 500g flour + 140 g water + milk + 55g sugar + 40g soft unsalted butter + 11g instant yeast + 12g salt.

If you have a mixer, mix together at low speed for about 3 minutes. If you’re like me and don’t have a mixer, mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together, then continue to knead lightly for 3 minutes. Shape the dough into a disc , place on a plate, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Day 2

Time to get to work: grab your cold butter and cut lengthwise into equally thick slabs. Place the butter on wax paper to form a square. Place another piece of wax paper overtop and pound down the butter with a rolling pin until the square is about 17cm x 17cm. Wrap up the butter and place back into the fridge.

Flour the surface and roll out the dough from the fridge. Try and roll the dough out into a square of even thickness. Grab the frozen butter slab and place onto the dough. Fold the dough over the butter so the butter is encased into the dough.

Roll the dough out now, starting from the center of the dough towards the edges. You want to lengthen the dough instead of making it wider. Once long enough, fold the dough letter style, one flap over the other, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Before rolling, turn the dough 90 degrees, making sure the open end of the dough is facing you. Repeat this step of rolling and folding 3 times, this gives your croissants the perfect layers. Once doing this 3 times, place back into the fridge overnight.

Day 3

Grab the dough and flour the surface you’ll be working on. Gently roll out the dough one more time. If the dough resists, take a break and put it back in the fridge.

Using a pizza wheel, mark the top of the dough at 12.5cm intervals and along the bottom mark 6.25cm. Make diagonal cuts along the top corner to the bottom. Once all the triangles are cut, gently roll out the triangle to elongate it slightly. To roll the croissant, start at the longer end, rolling tightly and then turning in the two ends.

To proof the dough: place on a baking sheet and provide the dough with a thin egg wash. Proof in a slightly warmer area of the house for about 2 hours. You will notice when they have proofed, with the croissants slightly wiggling.

Once proofed, add another coat of egg wash and preheat the oven to 385F. When the oven is heated, bake for about 7 minutes and then lower the temperature to 330F and bake for 9 minutes.

You’ll want to look for the croissants browning but not too quickly. Take out from the oven once done, let cool and enjoy! You can also freeze these croissants and reheat in the oven later!

Make sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; or just eat by themselves!

Toujours Affamé,

Hannah