A quiche unlike others – Cauliflower-camembert quiche with chili-poppy seed crust
Une quiche pas comme les autres – Quiche de chou fleur au camembert et pâte aux graines de pavot-piment
A good friend of mine just had surgery on her foot, and is staying at home recovering, so when I asked her if she wanted me to bring her something, she responded “a vegetable quiche”! So here we are…The worse thing about foot surgery is that you are stuck in bed or walking with crutches, and there is not much activity you can do…so I made the quiche ready to bring it to her, then one of those unexpected things happened, I had to take my car to the garage, so the quiche had to stay with me.
I love to flavor my crusts and doughs, it adds a lovely flavor and character to the dish…you can use anything you like to flavor the crust, herbes de provence, parmesan, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, etc…in this particular one, I added poppy seeds and chili flakes, and really makes a great balance with the quiche filling. I used olive oil instead of the traditional French pâte brisée made with butter, and a mixture of wholesome flours such as kamut and spelt which gives this crust its beautiful dark color. Also, traditional quiche has crème fraîche, I added milk instead, if you want to keep it a little lighter milk can be substituted or a mixture of milk and cream will be a nice alternative.
Now what more French than camembert? not many things…It’s hard to find great camembert in the US, you know the one that’s not too “fait” (too hard) or too “coulant” (runny) with a subtle scent. I found one at Whole Foods that was being recommended by the gentleman behind the counter, so I decided to listen for once to what people tell me…and the camembert was perfect, juste comme il faut! So we ended up with a healthy quiche filled with vegetables and a wholesome and flavorful crust.
Ingredients for about 4 people
For the crust
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
- 1/2 cup kamut flour
- 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tbs poppy seeds
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- a few pinches of salt
For the filling
- 1 small green cauliflower
- 1/2 camembert, sliced
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk (or 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup cream)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- salt and pepper
For the crust
In a mixing container, mix all flours together. Add poppy seeds, chili and salt. Add olive oil and water gradually and start kneading the dough. Stop kneading when the dough becomes homogeneous and smooth. Wrap in a plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
For the filling
Break cauliflower into florets, and cook them in salted boiling water until cauliflower is cooked but still firm. Drain and crush with a fork. Set aside.
In a mixing container, beat eggs, milk (or cream) cumin seeds, salt and pepper.
To make quiche, roll dough into a sheet of 2-3 mm thick. Place in mold. Spread evenly crushed cauliflower in bottom of mold. Top it with camembert slices. Pour egg mixture on top.
Cook in a pre-heated oven at 370-375F until the dough is cooked and top is golden brown.
This entry was posted by silvia on June 30, 2010 at 4:25 am, and is filed under Appetizers, tarts and pizza, Vegetarian - dairy. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0.You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.
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gret way for a quiche!
The custard and vegetables look wonderful…but that crust is just plain beautious! I like the shape of the quiche pan you used.
You put my mini quiches to shame! What an inventive and stunning quiche. I would never think to add poppy seeds to my pastry crust, but what a brilliant idea. You have sparked so many new ideas in my head!
Oh my, this sounds so delicious! You inspired me everytime you putting up something. The fillings look fantastic, girl. You’re making hungry! I think I’ll have to stitch my mouth up before I could lose some weight. haha…. Have a great day, dear.
I like vegetable recipes. Great recipe!
I like all your recipe…
How elegant and decadent. I love the way you have completely played around with every aspect of putting together a quiche,and still manage to retain the essence of a quiche. What I particularly like is playing around with the flavours of the crust.
Is that a new cauliflower? It is green! I recently made something topped with cauliflower too …I love this topping.
I would love to be at your table eating this lovely quiche wow it is glistening with flavor love it!
Cette quiche est géniale! l’idée d’y mettre du camembert, je n’ai jamais vu ça en plus la croûte est bonne et originale avec les petites graines de nigelle. Bravo, c’est vraiment réussi.
Silvia, you have a hard time listening too…oh, so I’m not the only one? ;o)
Your crust is none other than creatively superb. Leave it to you to put that kind of spin on a simple boring crust.
Your friend should count herself blessed to have a such a thoughtful gal by her bedside.
Thanks for the wonderful recipe and flavourful wishes,
What a sophisticated and elegant dish! It’s definitely a combination I wouldn’t have thought about. Great for a dinner party.
Flavouring the dough with herbs and spices is an inpsired presentation. I am sure your friend really enjoyed this vegrtable quiche.
Wow, this is a quiche unlike any other…this quiche looks fabulous!
Just the title of this made me hungry! This looks wonderful and very unique.
Ohhhh!!! Cette quiche semble délicieuse! J’adore les tartes salées et celle-ci semble parfaite!
poppy seed crust is something special. hmmm… I think I need a baking tray like yours!
Now that’s fabulous! Thanks for the recipe, the photos are just perfection!
I’ve never thought about flavoring the crust but why not ! How clever to use camembert and lucky you to find a good one. When we lived in the US, wholefoods was also where we got most of our cheeses from
Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!! Great recipe!
I am a big fan of your quiche. I agree that is unlike others. Love the choice of camembert, I do find that most of the ones I purchase are a bit hard.
The colors and presentation are spot on. I would be quite happy with this anytime.
My best to your friend for a speedy recovery.
Hi Silvia, you have made such a unique quiche in so many ways, the ingredients in the crust, the cauliflower and the camembert cheese in the filling. As always your dishes are so visually appealing and this quiche you’ve created is no exception. The shape of your quiche is also quite lovely, thanks for sharing your recipe, Patty
This quiche is like no others! I totally agree. The poppy seeds make a good texture. What a beautiful green cauliflower you used! Excellent dish. Hope you friend feels better soon!
wow! what an amazing quiche!
Oh, this is so beautiful, Silvia. I wish I knew about your crust before I made my quiche. It sounds so good, and I have poppys I think…
That cauliflower is so pretty too. I never see varieties like that around here.
This is sublime. You must be showered with marriage proposals everyday (especially on quiche day)
You are a sweet friend even if you couldn’t deliver the quiche! You are right, I have never seen quiche with cauliflower or poppy seeds–beautiful!
Wow this does look unique, and I especially like your crust! Beautifully done.
This quiche is really amazing!!
I have some Camembert´s leftover in the fridge, very good idea for our dinner tonight. Thanks for share, looks very tasty
Love this unusual quiche! Simply delicious.
Silvia, this is a perfect meal! I’m so glad you found the right Camembert (do you recall the brand), and the additions to the crust provide a wonderful complement to the vegetables!
I love adding different flavors to my crusts too. I never thought about adding poppy seeds though – ingenious!
You always come up with the best flavor combinations–always so appetizing. Would love to know what camembert that is.
This is the most beautiful quiche I have ever seen… I want a pan like that, love making quiche:)
Oh my gosh. After reading this, I’m going to be ashamed to put out my old tired quiche recipes! Love this idea and can’t wait to try it. My family will be AMAZED! And I adore Camembert! And brie and stilton…well, you get the picture.
Hope your friend will soon be up and about
This is no exageration – a beautiful quiche unlike any other I have seen! Love the deep colour of the crust and the delicate green of the cauliflower! The inclusion of Camember and cumin seeds is genius!
I am really loving crusts with personality. White flour is so blah! This has so many great things in it I can’t wait to try it… if only I had one of those fabulous long dishes!!!
this looks fabulous! i could probably eat the whole thing by myself it looks so delicious. plus you left the rind on the camembert which adds such a nice earthy flavor. yum!
Beautiful!! I always love your crusts, they’re so flavorful. I could eat this whole thing.