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Very Easy Broccoli & Ham Quiche

25 Feb

img_2252-1There are so many egg based dishes to be made and eaten.  And, they all look delicious….except for sunny side up eggs with the runny yolk….Uh, that’s definitely a big no-thank you from me on that.  I remember I had to make a sunny side up egg for Home Economics class in the 9th grade. And, the yolk had to be just right and runny for me to get 100%. Well, I did get 100% but, I didn’t want that egg as my reward. That was probably the one time I passed up on eating in Home Ec. And, believe me I always looked forward to that class. Outside of that I think I would be willing to try other egg dishes such as an egg soufflé’, hollandaise sauce, huevos rancheros, and breakfast burritos.

By the way I do not like eggs….. I only eat eggs scrambled; hard, as an omelette or, in a quiche. None of those things do I want everyday but there are days when I just have a craving for a something with eggs. My only reason for not liking eggs I think is because my mother didn’t like eggs so, she didn’t cook eggs. And, I never learned to love or want them.

But, I do like this quiche. I especially liked this one I made for today. I normally shred my own cheeses when I cook. There are only a couple of exceptions when I don’t. When I make quiche is one of those exceptions. So, I bought the shredded cheese with the cream cheese blended in. I think the cream cheese gave the quiche a smoother taste.

This quiche is so easy to assemble and bake. It is perfect for a quick breakfast or brunch item or a food gift. And, your meat and veggie filling options are endless. I chose the broccoli and ham because, I love broccoli. The ham was already cooked and cubed and I just had to throw it in the pan. You add the eggs, milk and cheese and bake for 45-55 minutes and then you have a hot pie with melty cheese and eggs with your most loved veggies and meat options. The pie is absolutely satisfying and I am encouraging you to bake and take one to your next gathering.

Ham & Broccoli Quiche

Ingredients

1 9-10 inch frozen pie crust (thawed)

2 cups shredded cheese

4 eggs

1 cup whole milk or half & half

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 to 3/4 cups cubed ham

1 broccoli bunch rinsed, cut and, chopped into small pieces (saving one larger piece for a top garnish)

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

On a large cookie sheet place a large piece of parchment, wax paper or aluminum foil. This will protect your cookie sheet when the filling over flows while baking. (You will thank me later.)

Place the thawed pie crust on top of the cookie sheet and with a fork, poke holes all over the pie crust.

Partially bake the pie crust in the oven for 10-12minutes. Just to barely brown it and get the crust firm.

Remove the crust from the oven.

Leave the pie crust on the cookie sheet while assembling the quiche.

In a large bowl beat eggs with a fork or wire whisk.

Add in the black pepper and sea salt.

Mix in the whole milk or half & half with the eggs.

Place a light layer of shredded cheese on the bottom of the pie crust.

Next spread the cubed ham over the light layer of cheese.

Add the broccoli on top of the cheese and ham layers.

Slowly pour the egg milk mixture into the filled pie crust.

Cover the cheese, ham and broccoli with the remaining cheese.

Place the assembled quiche in the oven and bake for 35 minutes uncovered.

After 35 minutes lightly with aluminum foil and bake 15-20 more minutes and check for doneness.

Quiche is fully cooked when it is firmly set. You can also check for doneness with a butter knife by sliding a butter knife into the center of the baked quiche and if it comes out clean it is done.

Poke holes in the thawed pie crust using a fork.

Partially bake the plain crust in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

Add a light layer of cheese to the bottom of the partially baked crust.

Now layer in the cubed ham.

And, the cut up broccoli.

Carefully pour in the milk and egg mixture into the filled pie crust.

Top the quiche with the remaining cheese and bake 45-55 minutes.

This is why you will want to line the baking pan. Save your oven and your cookie sheet.

Let your quiche rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

This quiche can serve 6-8 people.

Enjoy.

See ya next time,

Kim Cherie

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Confirmed. The Best Banana Bread EVER!

28 Jan

That’s right. I have confirmed this at least 6 times. This recipe for Banana Bread is the best. This is not my own recipe; just one I have tried in search of a really good one. And, I found it with this one. The best quick breads and muffins have to be fresh, moist and flavorful.

Before I found this recipe, the one I liked best was at the bakery (King Arthur’s Pasties, here in Flint, Michigan) I worked at almost 20 years ago. After I moved on from there I would still special order a large loaf of Banana Bread without nuts, just for me. (I don’t like nuts by the way; unless, it’s peanuts covered in M & M’s or a Snickers…… I’m just sayin’)….. Ok, back to the subject of Banana Bread:  I really like it. I like it right out of the oven with a pat of butter smeared and melted all over the slice. And, I also like it when I pack it for lunch within a zip lock baggie and give it time to re-create some extra moisture. Not like a hot and sweaty slice of bread but, like a room temperature marination period. IT’S THEE BEST!….. And, don’t knock it till you try it. Again, I’m just sayin’.

So this is another recipe that is super easy. The only thing that you would have to be concerned with here is letting your bananas really ripen or finding some really already ripe ones. FYI, in case you ever need ripe banana’s in a hurry. Go to your neighborhood discount grocery (ex: Sav-a-lot, Aldi); they almost always have ripe, ripe bananas that are ready to be turned into banana bread or banana pudding. And, you can get them for almost nothing. Pick bananas that have brown spots and stems. Those will give the sweetest banana flavor.

Slice 3 to 4 medium to large bananas in a large bowl prior to mashing.

Banana Breads and other quick breads make really good thank you gifts. So, bake some of this good stuff up and send me a note on what you think. Then, put this recipe in your recipe box or binder and save for the next time you need to say “Thanks!”   This is the perfect way to extend your thank you into action with a token of appreciation.

Purchase these disposable bakers online from King Arthur Flour Company or Sur la Table.

You can bake this bread in 2 (8×4 inch) or 1 (9×5 inch) loaf pans. Also, as a option you can bake mini loaves in disposable oven safe loaf bakers. I purchased the ones shown above online from Sur la Table.

All the players are here: butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, bananas, flour, baking soda and salt.Mash the bananas with a potato masher or electric mixer prior to mixing the other ingredients.

Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl.

Blend the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer.

Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Mix in the vanilla and eggs until the yolks disappear.

Add in the buttermilk and mashed bananas.Blend until evenly combined.

Lastly, add in the flour, soda and salt.Stir in the flour just until it disappears.Scrape down the sides of the bowl and fold in nuts if using.

Evenly divide the batter among the pans.Bake in the small baker at 35-40 minutes.

Bake the 8 or 9 inch loaves 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.Serve warm with butter or cool to room temperature and save for later.

 

The Best Banana Bread

*adapted from Gold Medal All Purpose Flour*

Ingredients:

1¼ cups sugar

½ cup butter (1 stick) softened

2 large eggs

1½ cups mashed very ripe bananas (3-4 medium)

½ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Spray or grease your metal or glass loaf pans with non- stick spray or shortening. If using disposable bakers skip this part.

With an electric mixer blend together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until the yolk of the egg disappears. Add in the bananas and buttermilk, beat with the electric mixer until combined. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt just until the flour disappears. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and fold in nuts in using.

Evenly distribute the batter into the pan or pans.

Bake 8 inch loaves 1 hour,

Bake 9 inch loaves 1 hour 15 minutes,

Bake small bakers 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Immediately run a butter knife around the perimeter of the metal or glass pans. Cool the loaves in metal or glass containers 10 minutes.  Loosen sides of the loaves from pans, remove from pans to cooling rack or place on a platter and serve warm with butter.

Don’t try to resist, answer the calling of The Best Banana Bread. You’ll thank me after.

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Hit me with your questions too! I’ve got answers for cooking, baking, being a mom and life. I’ll be sure to get right back!

Have a great week!

Kim Cherie

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