Cheshire cheese quiche
Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus chilling
Cooking time: 45 minutes
225g (8oz) plain flour
Pinch of salt
100g (4oz) white vegetable fat
25g (1oz) Cheshire cheese, finely grated
100g (4oz) smoked salmon, snipped into pieces
3 spring onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
50g (2oz) Cheshire cheese, finely grated
3 eggs, beaten
150g (6oz) low fat crème fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the vegetable fat and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add the grated cheese. Stir in just enough chilled water to make a soft, but not sticky dough. Knead for a few moments, then wrap and chill for 10-20 minutes.
2 Preheat the oven to 200°C/R6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to line a 20cm (8in) quiche tin. Line with foil or baking paper and baking beans and bake ‘blind’ (without a filling) for 15 minutes.
3 Take the flan from the oven and remove the foil or paper and baking beans. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/R4.
4 Put the salmon, spring onions, dill and Cheshire cheese into a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and crème fraiche. Season and stir well. Pour into the flan case, then bake for 30-35 minutes, until set. Serve warm or cold, with salad.
Cook’s tip: Use Cheddar instead of Cheshire, if you prefer.
Further recipes can be found at www.britishcheese.com