Courgette and Caprice des Dieux Quiche with Minted Parmesan Crust

I begin this quiche in the morning, before serving later in the day, which allows adequate chilling time for both the pastry and the finished tart.

Category:  Main Course  - 


For 8 Serving(s)


  • 200 g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g ready grated Parmesan
  • fresh mint leaves, finely chopped and reserving a little for garnish
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 courgette, about 200 g, halved lengthways and sliced to about 3mm thickness
  • 125 g Caprice des Dieux (Brie or Camembert), finely sliced
  • 2 eggs beaten with 125 ml whole milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • mint and smoked paprika for finishing

Courgette and Caprice des Dieux Quiche with Minted Parmesan Crust Directions

  1. 1. Begin by making the pastry: Pulse the flour and butter in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the Parmesan and chopped mint, pulsing again until evenly mixed. Add the egg, whizzing until the pastry just comes together (at this point add a little extra flour if the mixture is too soft or a little cold water if too stiff). Turn onto a floured board, lightly knead to smooth then wrap in cling film and chill for at least an hour.

    2. Turn the pastry dough onto a floured surface and roll to fit a 23cm quiche dish, prick the base with a fork and allow to rest whilst the oven preheats to 180C.

    : When lining a quiche dish with pastry I like the sides to be a little thicker than the base, which I then gently ease upwards a little to counterbalance any shrinkage.

    3. Bake blind for 10 minutes, remove the beans and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool – if the pastry rises, carefully make 3 or 4 incisions with the tip of a sharp knife, allowing the air to escape.

    4. Once the pastry case is cold line the base in a single layer with about half the courgette slices, top with slices of Caprice des Dieux then finish with a layer of courgette.

    5. Season the egg and milk mixture and pour over the filling, topping with the reserved chopped mint and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the filling has set.

    Best served at room temperature.