The results for the rainbow cake was shocking. All of a sudden, friends and family no longer looked at me as the kid playing with play-doh. In layman's term, the rainbow cake was served to test and nobody's dead (except for Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace).
My friends often ask, how can I be a "chef" or "baker" if I don't eat. I'm not picky with food, i hardly hate any specific ingredients except eggplants and olives, I just do not have the stomach. I love cakes. I love them to death! However, I don't mind eating a bad cake (over and over), I'm easily impressed over simple presentation or just melted chocolate. I do have a few comments for cake stores who act all high-and-mighty but have bad cakes, yet, I do not have my set of passion to finding the best cake in town.
First the crust.
I used Julia's shortcust pastry and trust me, it is a little troublesome with the pre-bake, but the result is heavenly. This crust is one of the most scrumptious, crunchiest quiche base i have ever tasted. And, looking to feel less terrible eating a quiche? Use this recipe.
Julia Child Quiche Crust
2 cups Flour
a pinch of Salt
a pinch of Sugar
113 g of Cold Butter
42 g Vegetable Shortening (I used butter)
1 egg lightly beaten
1. Sift together flour, salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Work Butter and shortening into the flour to resemble coarse meal. Sprinkle in up to 6 tbsp. ice water and knead into a dough. Dust Flour as needed to form a smooth dough. Shape into a flat disc, wrap round in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 200 Celsius. Allow dough to soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out on a lightly floured surface. Fit dough, without stretching it, into a buttered ring. Press overhanging dough down slightly into sides of ring to make the sides of the crust a little thicker and sturdier. Run the rolling pin over the top of the ring to remove any overhanging dough.
3.Using a fork, prick bottom lightly. Line dough with baking paper, then add pie weights or dried beans. Bake until crust is set and edge just begins to color, about 25 minutes. Remove foil and weights, brush bottom and sides with egg, and continue baking until crust is pale golden, another 2-5 minutes.
At this point you might wonder why I have a few quiche varieties. I made one batter, prepared types of cheeses, a few meats, sliced potatoes and a bit of spinach. For the Quiche Lorraine, (the one with ham), I chose the traditional (SURPRISE SURPRISE) no-cheese filling.
Now, the batter. Smitten Kitchen's batter recipe was indeed quite close to Julia Child's traditional recipe, except for its Sour Cream overload and that extra tanginess that drives away that heavy feeling in a quiche. And what will sour cream do, if not make anything taste a little better.
Smitten Kitchen's Batter
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
1. Mix the heavy cream and sour cream in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining three eggs. Add a pinch each nutmeg, salt and pepper and combine to form a batter. Voila.
With batter and crust ready:
1. Fill crust with toppings of your choice, pour batter till it fills up the crust.
2. Bake at 190 celsius for 30-40 minutes until top is golden.
3. Leftover crust? Melt some chocolate, add some cream, add some flour and bake the same way. (I added half a cup of Rum for these 2 babies)
Sorry for the long-winded post, I tend to rant when i managed 4 different types of quiches at one go. I promise it wouldn't be often :)