Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Butter Week Quiche

Don't know yet how it will taste, but it has the desired cream, cheese, milk and eggs, and butter in the crust. When I took two leftover lumps of pie crust dough from the freezer and mashed them together before rolling them out, I didn't think about how they might not behave identically in the oven. I'm blaming the wonky edge on the split personality.

Other ingredients: spinach, Parmesan cheese, some leftover mix of cheeses from the freezer, caramelized onions, and tarragon. S & P. The Frugal Gourmet uses 4 eggs, 3/4 cup cream and 1 1/4 cups of milk in his basic quiche, so I followed those proportions approximately - and sliced a Roma tomato on the top for color.

Orthodox Easter or Pascha comes late this year, not until May 5th. This week is our last before the beginning of Lent, which officially starts with the Vespers of Forgiveness on Sunday. We sort of ease into Lent by fasting from meat only, and know it as Cheesefare Week, or as I enjoy calling it, Butter Week. Yum!

[later in the evening] It was indeed yummy, better than I expected. That pie dough didn't suffer at all being in the freezer for months, and the Frugal Gourmet's advice to pre-bake the shell for 12 minutes was well taken; the crust came out just perfectly flakey and rich.

14 comments:

elizabeth said...

how lovely! and that is a really good picture of it! I love Butter Week! I think they call it that in Ukraine also... :) blessed week to you my friend! :)

melissa said...

I'd eat that! You've got some major yum-ness going on, I see. :)

Harmony said...

Well, it LOOKS absolutely delicious!

Sara said...

That looks very delicious.

I've been re-reading Alexander Schmemann's Great Lent trying to get a good understanding of what that's all about in the Orthodox view. I truly do love his take on things and the way he explains everything so deeply. I am enjoying my tastes of butter, cheese, etc, this week too.

Martha said...

Mmmm! ♥ We said the prayer of St. Ephraim "O Lord and Master of my Life" this morning...I'm looking forward to Great Lent.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Lovely! A perfect dish for when one is getting in the mood for spring!

xofrances

Cathy said...

This quiche shouts spring! Thank you for the hints about the crust, I have never frozen my dough...it is time I do.

Jo said...

I am totally adopting Butter Week as a feature of my Easter preparations!

Gumbo Lily said...

That quiche looks scrumptch! Butter Week forever!

MKM said...

Mama that is a BEAUTIFUL quiche! :)

no spring chicken said...

If we can judge a quiche by its cover, your is going to taste amazing! (Wonky crust and all) :)

Blessings, Debbie

Heather said...

That looks lovely and delicious!

Cottage Sweet Cottage said...

You've inspired me to make some quiche soon! Lovely picture!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Gretchen, it is a lovely quiche and I do adore quich-e as one said around here. Dave about split his sides laughing later over quich-e.