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Homemade Quiche Crust with Butter (Shortcrust Pastry)

A flaky and buttery quiche crust recipe. A classic French homemade recipe with all the tips and tricks to make the best shortcrust pastry for your quiche.

Belula June 03, 2020
Tart in lined with a quiche crust

I could have quiche for every meal, no questions asked. And if it's with homemade flaky quiche crust so much better. Ever since I learned how to properly make it, I enjoy my favourite meal even more. This recipe for quiche crust is made with butter, which makes it even more delicious. A few tips and notes on how to make the perfect homemade shortcrust pastry follow! You will din instructions on how to make this classic French quiche crust recipe both by hand and with a stand mixer.

Ingredient Notes

To make flaky quiche crust, you will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Butter: unsalted. Cold and cut into small cubes.
  • Water: cold
  • A quiche tin 20 cm in diameter (8 inch)
  • Pie weights rice or beans for blind baking your quiche crust.

How to make this recipe: step by step instructions (by hand)

  • In a bowl mix together all the dry ingredients and add the cold butter cut into small cubes.
  • Rub the butter and the flour together until you end up with a sandy/breadcrumb consistency.
  • Add the egg and mix using one finger.
  • Transfer the dough onto your working surface and use the palm of your hand to smear the dough and obtain a homogeneous mixture. You can repeat the operation up to 2 or 3 times. You can watch how to smear the dough in the video below.
  • Shape into a rectangle of 2 cm high and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
Quiche crust ingredients
Breaking down the butter to obtain a breadcrumb consistency
Add the egg at the centre
Incorporate the egg using one finger
Smearing the dough using the palm of the hand until dough comes together
Smearing the dough using the palm of the hand until dough comes together
Smearing the dough using the palm of the hand until dough comes together
Quiche crust shaped as a rectangle ready to be chilled

Baking notes

Some tips:

  • After lining the tin transfer to the fridge covered in plastic wrap for 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  • Make sure your oven is pre-heated.
  • Prebake/blind bake your curst: - Line the quiche tin and line the interior of the crust with parchment paper. Fill with beans or rice and blind bake for 12 minutes. - Remove the beans/rice and the parchment paper and bake until the quiche crust is cooked and is coloured.
  • Now the dough is ready to be filled with the filling of your choice and baked until golden.

Recipe notes

  • Butter must be cold
  • The water you use must be ice cold too
  • Do not overwork your dough. You do not want it to become super elastic or it will shrink in the oven.
  • If you want to make it use a stand mixer: add softened butter, 1/3 of the flour, the water and the egg yolk and mix using the paddle attachment. Add the remaining 2/3 of the flour and salt and mix until the dough starts to come together. Then proceed as instructed above!

Expert notes I

  • It is very important to refrigerate the dough before rolling it out. Because of the high butter content, working with this dough if its not properly chilled is difficult as it tends to break apart and stick to the counter.
  • It is also very important to refrigerate the crust once you have lined the tin and before baking! This (and the pie weights) will ensure that it doesn’t shrink in the oven while baking!
  • When blind baking the dough, I like to blind bake it until golden, to unsure a flaky and crunchy bottom (versus a soggy one).

Expert Notes II: how to line a quiche tin?

  • Work with cold dough. If after rolling it out you find it difficult to handle, put it back in the fridge for 15/20 minutes before continuing.
  • Make sure your work surface is slightly floured always. It prevents the dough from sticking to your kitchen counter.
  • After every time you pass the rolling pin over the dough, turn the dough 90 degrees. This will ensure that the dough will be evenly rolled out throughout the surface.
  • Cut a round slightly bigger than your quiche tin.
  • Try to work fast. Lots of butter in the dough make it trickier to work with.
  • The fridge is your ally! Work with it as soon as you feel the dough has become difficult to work with.
Rolled out quiche crust 2/3 mm thick
Cut out round of quiche crust dough
Cut out round of quiche crust dough
Lining the tart tin with quiche crust
Lining the tart tin with quiche crust
Tart tin lined with quiche crust

You can watch how to line a quiche tin in this video: How to line a tart tin with shortcrust pastry.

Storage tips

  • Quiche crust can be made and stored in the refrigerator properly wrapped for up to 48 hours.
  • It can also be stored after it has been rolled out, on a parchment paper, covered in plastic wrap for up to 24 hours. Let it come sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before lining the quiche tin.
  • It can be stored pre-baked, without the filling, in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

Freezer Instructions

Freezing this dough is an excellent idea. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend tripling or quadrupling the recipe, dividing the dough in 4 parts, and freezing each one separately. This way you work once and have quiche crust for 4 different occasions.

To freeze the crust:

  • Shape it as a rectangle of about 2 cm high.
  • Cover in plastic wrap twice and then transfer to freezer bag.
  • You can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To defrost:

  • Transfer to the refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove from fridge and let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough.

Variations to this recipe

If you want to make this a gluten free quiche crust you can replace the all-purpose flour by a gluten free store-bought mix. You might need to add a little more water as the gluten free flour mix absorbs more liquid than regular flour does.

You can find a gluten free quiche crust recipe here if you prefer Gluten-Free Quiche Crust.

Some ideas for quiche fillings

Now that you have your crust ready, here are some ideas for quiche fillings:

The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition: 306 cal
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

  • All-purpose Flour 250 g
  • Butter 125 g
  • Salt 7 g
  • Water 50 g
  • Egg Yolks 1

Procedure

  • 1. In a bowl mix together all the dry ingredients and add the cold butter cut into small cubes.
  • 2. Rub the butter and the flour together until you end up with a sandy/breadcrumb consistency.
  • 3. Add the egg and mix using one finger.
  • 4. Transfer the dough onto your working surface and use the palm of your hand to smear the dough and obtain a homogeneous mixture. You can repeat the operation up to 2 or 3 times.
  • 5. Shape the dough as a rectangle 2 cm thick and cover in plastic wrap.
  • 6. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • 7. Pre-heat the oven to 170 C°/360 F.
  • 8. Butter the tin.
  • 9. Line the quiche tin and line the interior of the crust with parchment paper. Fill with beans or rice and blind bake for 12 minutes.
  • 10. Remove the beans/rice and the parchment paper and bake until the quiche crust is cooked and is still without colour.
  • 11. Now the dough is ready to be filled with the filling of your choice and baked until golden.
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Cheryl Francis November 28, 2020

you dont mention the water in the recipe

Belén Gowland
Belula November 28, 2020

HI Cheryl,
Thanks so much for pointing this out! It should go in with at the same time as the egg yolk!
I will add that in the instructions!
Thank you!

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