Ham & Leek Quiche

With spring now upon us, we get to enjoy a whole new crop of vegetables.  Leeks are a great spring vegetable which can be used in many different ways.  Here, we have developed a very tasty quiche that you can use them in, as well as your leftover Easter ham.

Ham and Leek Quiche

Ham & Leek Quiche
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Pastry
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 3/4 tsp Salt
  3. 1 cup shortening
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tbsp vinegar
  6. 2 tbsp ice cold water
Filling
  1. 2-3 leeks depending on size, white and light green parts only
  2. 1 1/2 cups cooked ham chopped into cubes
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 2 cups milk
  5. Black Pepper freshly grated
  6. freshly grated Parmesan if desired
Pastry
  1. Sift together flour and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and cut into dry mixture with pastry cutter or two knives. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
  2. In a small bowl, beat together egg, vinegar, and cold water. Add to the flour mixture and stir together roughly with a fork so it comes together. You don't want to work the pastry too much; it's okay if it looks a bit shaggy when you're finished bringing it together.
  3. Flour your work surface and turn out the pastry. Cut in half and work with one half at a time. Roll until pastry is about 1/4 inch thick. Once the pastry is rolled out, carefully use the rolling pin to transfer it into the pie plate. Gently press the pastry into the edges of the plate and leave any extra around the edges until it has been filled. The pastry is quite resilient, so if it cracks it can easily be repaired simply by bringing the two edges together and pressing. The key is to move as quickly as possible - you don't want to leave the pastry on the counter for too long once it has been rolled.
Filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Once the pastry is ready, prepare your leeks. Wash and trim the dark green leaves. Slice thinly, about 1/8" thick, and saute over medium low heat until softened. This may take about 10-15 minutes and you can add some salt to draw out excess moisture. This will reduce the chances of your quiche turning out soggy.
  3. Prepare ham by trimming excess fat and chopping into 1/2" pieces. The bottom of the pastry should be well covered with ham.
  4. Break eggs into a bowl and add milk. Whisk together very well. You don't want any little pieces of yolk visible in the mixture. Season with freshly ground pepper. You can trim the edge of the pastry now, if needed.
  5. Once leeks are finished, add to the pie plate and pour egg mixture over top. Place pie plate onto a cookie sheet, just in case the quiche bubbles over. Slide into oven and bake for 50-55 minutes. The filling will be set, but not solid. It should be a light golden brown on top and the pastry will be golden around the edges.
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2017 Favourites

As 2017 winds to a close, we like to take some time to reflect on the year that was. We have a spent a very fun year experiment in the kitchen and giving you some great recipes, and now we want to share our absolute favourites with you!

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Elisabeth’s:

Ham & Leek Quiche

Ham and Leek Quiche
Cheddar & Chive Scones

Cheddar Chive Scones
Almond Flax Granola

Almond Flax Granola
Creating a Cheese Tray

Creating a Cheese Tray

Melissa’s:

Whole Wheat Raspberry MuffinsWhole Wheat Raspberry Muffins

Baked Brie with Cranberry ToppingBaked Brie with Cranberry Topping

Easy Caprese BitesCaprese Bites

Spinach Salad with Raspberry DressingSpinach Salad with Raspberry Dressing

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Everyone loves a good chocolate chip muffin! This is a great simple chocolate chip muffin recipe, made with whole wheat flour. We adapted it from King Arthur Flour’s Golden Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe. We also tested it with milk and buttermilk – both recipes worked great.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter or margarine preferably unsalted
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Salt reduce to 1/4 tsp if using salted butter/margarine
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  8. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  9. 1-2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and lightly grease or line a 12-cup standard muffin tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter or margarine, sugar, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Mix until well combined and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in milk. Add the flour and stir until combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  4. Fill muffin cups with batter - approximately 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 30-32 minutes, until toothpick inserted in centre comes away clean.
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