Mushroom Tomato Quiche – Rustic and Hearty

Having lived in Delhi for many years I miss a proper winter in Kolkata. The cold mornings making it impossible to get out of bed..still dragging oneself out to attend a class while in college or reporting at work later..those are my fondest memories of Delhi winters. Ofcourse there was the food…tucking into creamy sarson saag with crispy makki roti at a neighbourhood dhaba, those were the days. Endless cups of coffee and a hot water bag to keep me warm was what winter was all about.

Here in Kolkata I miss all that. The weather has just got a bit nippy here and everyday I pray that let it get a little more colder here. Winter also means whipping up hearty rustic dishes in my kitchen using freshest of winter produce. Been wanting to make a quiche for sometime and today seemed the perfect opportunity. Kept it simple and baked a delicious Mushroom Tomato Quiche and indulgently topped it up with some grated parmesan.

 

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Mushroom Tomato Quiche - Rustic and Hearty
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Recipe type: Baked goodies
Cuisine: Continental
 
Hearty Quiche
Ingredients
  • For the pastry dough:
  • Flour - 1 cup
  • Butter - 50 gms - chilled
  • Egg - 1 lightly beaten
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • For the filling:
  • Mushroom - 1 cup - thinly sliced
  • Onion - 1 medium - finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2-3 pods - crushed
  • Cherry tomatoes - a few - halved
  • Egg - 2 -lightly beaten
  • Cream - 1 cup - I used Amul
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste
  • Olive oil - 1 tsp
  • Oregano - 1 tbsp.
  • Chilli flakes - half a tsp
  • Grated Parmesan cheese - a handful
Instructions
  1. The pastry dough:
  2. Mix the flour, salt and the chilled cubes of butter with a fork or using your fingers until mixed well and resembles breadcrumbs. Now put in the beaten egg and make into a soft dough.
  3. Wrap the dough with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 20 mins.
  4. Making the pie crust:
  5. Roll the dough on a well floured board into a circle,rolling from the centre to the edge,turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn't stick to the board. Fold the dough in half,place in a pie pan and unfold to fit the pan.
  6. Pierce the covered pie pan with a fork to avoid the pie crust from flaking up while blind baking.
  7. Bake the crust in a preheated oven at 180 degree centigrade for 10 to 15 mins till lightly golden in colour.
  8. Making the filling:
  9. In a pan heat the olive oil. Add the crushed garlic and sautee till light brown. Add the onion and let it sweat for 5 mins. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook till done. It will realease a lot of water...cook till that evaporates. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and chilli flakes.
  10. Remove from heat and let this mixture cool down.
  11. In a bowl add together the eggs and the cream. Season with salt and pepper and mix together with the mushroom mixture.
  12. Pour this mixture into the half- baked pie crust. Top with cherry tomatoes and a generous sprinkling of grated parmesan.
  13. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree centigrade for 20- 25 mins.
  14. Serve hot.
 

Oats and Sunflower Seeds Cookies

I am not much of a baker as I lack patience. But once in a while I do like to whip up some goodies for my little boy. This easy oats cookies recipe caught my fancy and I perked up the health quotient by adding some sunflower seeds to it. The original recipe also called for dried cranberries but I substituted that with some raisins. It can be a good option for kiddie tiffin box too. Trust me your kid will not be able to resist the aroma of this freshly baked cookies!

 

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Oats and Sunflower Seeds Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Baked goodies
 
Crispy crunchy cookies
Ingredients
  • Sunflower seeds - 4 tbsp.
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp.
  • Butter - 50 gms - I used Amul butter
  • Castor sugar - 1 cup
  • Egg - 1
  • Wholewheat flour - half a cup
  • Oats - 1 cup - I used the regular rolled oats that we use for breakfast
  • Raisins - a handful
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 deg C. Grease and line a baking tray.
  2. Dry roast the sunflower seeds and grind into a fine paste adding 2 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Mix together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the egg, the mix in the wheat flour and the oats. Mix in the sunflower seeds paste, then stir in the vanilla essence and the raisins.
  4. Place heaped tbsp full of the mixture on the baking tray, spacing them well apart.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 mins until golden. Leave on baking tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Serve warm or store for later use.