I am wanting to make a quiche crust from scratch and have looked at numerous recipes. Some call for an egg, others don't. I've never used an egg in a crust before. What does that do? Who has a good quiche crust recipe and does it use an egg? Thanks!!
1 C. flour
1/4 to 1/2 t. salt
1/3 C. shortening
3 to 4 T. ice cold water
Mix salt into flour. Start mixing shortening into flour mix and then continue mixing as you add about 1 tablespoon of water at a time. Roll out with a rolling pin. Try not to handle it too much. The heat from your fingers will destroy the flakiness.
Here's the one I use. I think it's less about the ingredient choices than it is about getting comfortable making one. =P It took me forever and tons of practice to feel like I finally got it "right".
Crust to fit a 9 pie plate
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
3-4 tablespoons milk
Combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are pea-sized (or smaller) pieces of butter. Gradually pour the milk in, one tablespoon at a time while stirring the mixture. With your hands, mix the dough gently in the bowl. Place dough on heavily floured countertop, put flour over entire rolling pin surface and roll it out, gently until its about ¼ inch thick and large enough for your pie pan.
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The basic recipes already posted are fine, I suppose it depends on what texture you prefer your quiche crust.
I generally don't bother with achieving flakiness, and especialy if I don't have shortening on hand, I'll throw an egg in a standard crust.
The egg ads elasticity, making the dough more "forgiving" when you roll it out..... especially if you're in a hurry.