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pears & roquefort

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It’s time for another quiche.

Some time ago I bought Meike Peters’ 365 The Cookbook. From the idea it’s covering a whole year w/ recipes – day by day. I’m pretty sure it was a huge challenge, but in the end this comprehensive book dedicated for home cooking emerged.

I’m always a little vague concerning my approaches for the pastry shell of any quiche or tart. In general you can work w/ different pastry shells (shortcrust, yeast dough, puff pastry – if home-made, if store bought). For the sake of time I sometimes prefer a store bought solution, but now … In the cookbook I found a recipe for shortcrust pastry that seems handy, a straightforward approach to shortcrust & it is used for all recipes about quiches, tarts, whatever.

So I decided to try it.

In addition I wanted to try another type of quiche combining fruit & cheese: it’s the combination of pears & roquefort – juicy, sweet & salty – which appealed to me.

So let’s start!

There is the pastry shell to be prepared … So start w/ preheating the oven to 180° C fan.

We mix flour, egg, butter & a pinch of salt & knead it quickly & well w/ our hands until we receive a ball of dough. We put the pasty dough in the fridge for about 30 min for cooling. Unfortunately my hands are always warm – so the dough gets sticky. Always.

Afterwards we roll out the pastry dough between cling foil & fit it into the tart form. Cut off all overhanging parts & discard them or whatever you like. Put the pastry shell in the preheated oven for about 15 min. Afterwards reduce the oven temperature to 160° C fan.

If the pastry shell is uneven just press it down – slightly …

In the meantime – when the pastry shell is in the oven – we assemble what we need for the filling:

  • pears
  • roquefort
  • spring onions
  • white wine
  • crème fraîche
  • eggs.

Let’s chop the spring onions – fine rings.

Let’s peel & trim the pears. We need only about 250 g … If you start w/ 2 – 3 pears it’ll fit (& you may snack the rest). Then we chop the pears – small cubes.

We crumble the roquefort.

In a frying pan we fry the pears & the spring onions & add the white wine. Let it simmer for about 20 min. The liquid should boil away …

In the meantime we whip the eggs & the crème fraîche. Add some salt & pepper to taste.

The pastry shell is still warm – it’s fine.

We add the pear mess & the crumbled roquefort & distribute it evenly. Finally we pour the egg mess over everything.

The quiche marches at once into the oven for about 40 min.

… & we get a great crumbly, crispy pastry shell w/ a filling of juicy, sweet pears & strong roquefort.


pears & roquefort
Prep Time50 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Servings: 8 pieces
for the pastry shell:
  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 125 g cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of salt
for the filling:
  • 250 g pears net (about 2 – 3 pears for starting)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 50 ml white wine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g creme fraiche
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g roquefort
  • tart form (28 cm)
how to:
for the pastry shell:
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C fan.
  • Knead all the ingredients together – w/ your hands!
  • Form a ball & store in the fridge for about 30 min.
  • Roll out the pastry dough between cling foil & put it in a tart form.
  • Cut off all overhanging parts.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 min.
for the filling:
  • Clean & peel & trim the pears & cut them into cubes. Weigh about 250 g.
  • Trim & chop the spring onions.
  • Fry the pears & the spring onions in olive oil & add the white wine. Let it simmer for about 20 min – until the liquid has vanished into thin air.
  • Crumble the roquefort.
  • Whisk together the crème fraîche & the eggs. Add pepper.
for the quiche:
  • Reduce the oven to 160°C w/ fan.
  • Distribute the pear mess in the pastry shell.
  • Add the roquefort.
  • Pour the egg mess on top.
  • Bake in the oven for about 40 min.
Sorry, no experience w/ storing in the fridge for some hours or days!
Sorry, no experience w/ freezing!