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Paul Bocuse’s Quiche Lorraine (the chef of the century)

2018-07-28
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  • Chef : François
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  • Posted on: Saturday July 28, 2018
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A recipe from the acclaimed chef of the century, a quiche lorraine is a French classic 




About this recipe

Don’t expect me to lie : This is not the type of dish that’s recommended before showing your nice body on the beach of Santa Monica or Laguna Beach…

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine
But who cares ? This quiche is SOOO good, you will think “why go to the beach and burn my skin ?”. Instead, spend your day baking and eating this quiche… a recipe from “the chef of the century”, Paul Bocuse.

This a French classic among friends, family, or just for your own diners !.

Like many quiches, this one is good the same day, but can hold a few days in the refrigerator.

Growing up in France, this was one dish that we would have all year around. Was one of my favorites, and still is…

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

Source of the recipe

A recipe from the book "The Complete Bocuse".

To purchase online, see HERE
Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

The recipe is on page 110

Modifications to the original recipe

I modified only a few things...
  • Bocuse prebakes his pâte brisée (shortcrust pastry) with nothing in it, then fills it and bakes it : This is a step that I skip to go faster
  • I am using my own shortcrust pastry dough, that of Bocuse is almost the same (they all are the same in the end)
  • In a Quiche Lorraine, you are not supposed to add Cheese. However if you do, you will make your tastebuds happier.
    If you decide to do so, just add grated Swiss Cheese
  • French people use “Lardons“, something that is not easy to find in the States. I will show you how to obtain them using thin cuts of Bacon, instead.

Ingredients

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

For a 7.87" (or 7 7/8" or 20 cm) diameter mold

 
Shortcrust Pastry.
The recipes are HERE

⅔ Cup Bacon (125 grams)

 Batter

2 Eggs. ¼ Cup or 100 grams

½ Cup Whipping Cream (110 grams)

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

1 pinch of Nutmeg

2 Tablespoons Butter (30 grams)

For a 8.66" (or 8 21/32" or 22 cm) diameter mold

 
Shortcrust Pastry.
The recipes are HERE

¾ Cup Bacon (151.2 grams)

 Batter

2.4 Eggs. ⅓ Cup or 120 grams

½ Cup Whipping Cream (133.1 grams)

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

1 pinch of Nutmeg

3 Tablespoons Butter (36.3 grams)

For a 9.84" (or 9 27/32" or 25 cm) diameter mold

 
Shortcrust Pastry.
The recipes are HERE

1 Cup Bacon (195.3 grams)

 Batter

3.1 Eggs. ½ Cup or 155 grams

¾ Cup Whipping Cream (171.8 grams)

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

1 pinch of Nutmeg

3 Tablespoons Butter (46.8 grams)

For a 11.81" (or 11 13/16" or 30 cm) diameter mold

 
Shortcrust Pastry.
The recipes are HERE

1 ½ Cup Bacon (281.2 grams)

 Batter

4.5 Eggs. ½ Cup or 225 grams

1 Cup Whipping Cream (247.5 grams)

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

1 pinch of Nutmeg

⅓ Cup Butter (67.5 grams)

Steps


Shortcrust Pastry, the crust

Start making the shortcrust pastry that is needed for the crust.
The recipes are HERE.

Wrap airtight.

Then, leave for at least

1 hour

in the fridge

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

After your shortcrust pastry dough “pâte brisée” is ready and rested in the fridge, roll it out on a well floured surface into a 0.19" (or 13/64" or 0.5 cm) thick circle

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

The Molds

For the mold, I took a pastry ring, but you may find it easier to take a pie pan, that will need to lightly butter

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine
1. Fold the dough, twice, into a wedge

2. Position on top of the mold

3. Unfold, and then press along the edges, and make sure to press in the angles with a knuckle (to make a good looking quiche with 90 degrees angles sides)

4. Cut along the edge to trim the excess dough

5.  Place in the refrigerator
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6. For the

Bacon

, French cooks use “Lardons“, which is a thick bacon slab cut into pieces.

Thick cut is difficult to find in the States, as bacon is usually cut thin.

To make lardons, I freeze my bacon (the thin slices stick together) and then I cut lardons, about 0.39" (or 25/64" or 1 cm) thick

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

7. These are what French cooks call “lardons”

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine
8. Fry in an ungreased frying pan until the pieces have browned

9. Pat dry with paper towels
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The Batter

10. For the batter, it’s easy ! Just whisk together :
  • the

    Eggs

    (2)
  • the

    Whipping Cream

    (½ Cup or 110 g)
  • the

    Salt

    (1 pinch)
  • the

    Pepper

    (1 pinch)
  • the

    Nutmeg

    (1 pinch)

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine
11. Place the

Bacon

(⅔ Cup or 125 g) over the bottom

12. Pour the mixture into the pie pan

13. Bocuse dots this pie with diced

Butter

(2 Tablespoons or 30 g) (I don’t do this)
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Baking

14.  Bake in in preheated oven at 305 °F / 150 °C, for about

20 minutes

. If the quiche colors too much, cover with aluminium foil

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

15. After baking, let cool down at room temperature, the quiche will shrink slightly

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

You may eat it right away, even though I prefer leaving the quiche in the fridge

24 hours

and then heating it up (I find it tastier)

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

Result

Like all quiches, you will need to keep the quiche refrigerated

Paul Bocuse Quiche Lorraine

The result and the pix



Comments for This Recipe

5 Comments
  1. On Saturday August 11, 2018
    Jason wrote:
    Looks delicious, I’ll definitely try this. From you the photos, It seems like there’s a big part of dough still uncooked. Is that a problem?
  2. On Sunday August 12, 2018
    François answered:
    As I mentioned, Bocuse prebakes his pâte brisée (shortcrust pastry) with nothing in it, then fills it and bakes it, that dries out the dough a bit : This is a step that I skip to go faster.

    This step avoids what looks "uncooked". Reality is, it's not "uncooked", it's just moister, and that is not a problem...
  3. On Sunday August 12, 2018
    Jason wrote:
    Thanks Françoise. That makes sense. Your quiche looks better with the nice straight-sided crust. I had never seen those kind of rings being used directly on Silpat before.

    Your site is great. So many great recipes and beautifully illustrated. I especially appreciate that you explain why certain things are done etc

    Bravo!
  4. On Sunday August 12, 2018
    Jason wrote:
    Sorry my autocorrect turned you into a lady! There shouldn’t be an e on your name!
  5. On Sunday August 12, 2018
    François answered:
    Thanks Jason. The straight-sided crust must be an idea from a pastry chef !

    It's just a way to make the quiche look more modern.

    I wish I had more time to translate all my recipes to English, I have such a backlog of recipes to post...

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Shortcrust Pastry

⅔ Cup Bacon (125 g)

2 Eggs

½ Cup Whipping Cream (110 g)

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

1 pinch of Nutmeg

2 Tablespoons Butter (30 g)