LONDON — A royal coronation demands a royal quiche.
King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, have shared the recipe for a vegetarian dish they hope can inspire celebratory gatherings in honour of the May 6 coronation ceremony.
“Coronation Quiche” features spinach, broad beans and tarragon.
The pie is described as having “a crisp, light pastry case and delicate flavours.”
The full recipe was shared this week on the Royal Family's digital media pages.
Their Majesties suggest eating it hot or cold with a green salad and boiled new potatoes, and serving it at a "Coronation Big Lunch."
Citizens of the Commonwealth are encouraged to gather together to celebrate the coronation with friends and food the weekend of May 6 to 8.
125 g plain flour
Pinch of salt
25 g cold butter, diced
25 g lard
2 tbsp milk
Or 1 x 250 g block of ready-made shortcrust pastry
20 cm Flan Tin
125 ml (1/2 cup) milk
175 ml (3/4 cup) double cream
2 medium eggs
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon,
Salt and pepper
100 g grated cheddar cheese
180 g cooked spinach, lightly chopped
60 g cooked broad beans or soya beans
Make the pastry: Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl; add the fats and rub the mixture together using your fingertips until you get a sandy, breadcrumb like texture. Add the milk a little at a time and bring the ingredients together into a dough. Cover and allow to rest in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the pastry to a circle a little larger than the top of the tin and approximately 5 mm thick.
Line the tin with the pastry, taking care not to have any holes or the mixture could leak. Cover and rest for a further 30 minutes in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 190 C.
Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper, add baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes, before removing the greaseproof paper and baking beans.
Reduce the oven temperature to 160 C.
Beat together the milk, cream, eggs, herbs and seasoning.
Scatter 1/2 of the grated cheese in the blind-baked base, top with the chopped spinach and beans and herbs, then pour over the liquid mixture.
If required gently give the mixture a delicate stir to ensure the filling is evenly dispersed but be careful not to damage the pastry case.
Sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until set and lightly golden.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2023.
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