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Convection Bake Mushroom Quiche with Fontina Cheese
Much as I appreciate the benefits of cooking with Convection, I still make good use of the traditional Bake mode in the oven, especially when baking pies or quiche. The traditional Bake mode has a more drying effect upon food and since the heat is primarily coming from the bottom heating element you can be assured your pastry will cook through perfectly.
When preparing this recipe take into account that the pastry needs to rest before being baked blind and it’s not advisable to put a hot filling into the pastry.
Olive Oil Pastry
1 ¼ - cups all purpose or spelt flour
½ - tsp kosher salt
½ - cup good quality olive oil
¼ - cup ice cold water
So in terms of planning, here are the steps:
1. Make the pastry first and place it in the refrigerator.
2.Cook the mushrooms and grate the cheese and set those aside.
3. Heat the oven and “blind bake” the pastry crust. For this you will need to line the pastry with a circle of parchment paper and weigh down the crust with dried beans or pastry weights.
4. Whip together the eggs and cream and now you are ready to bake the quiche.
Quiche is traditionally baked in a crust made with butter and all-purpose flour but in this version I am using a delicious easy to prepare olive oil crust
Combine the flour and salt in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the water then the oil, mixing until well blended. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough briefly then place in a 9” metal tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly into the base of the pan and up the sides then place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before blind baking.
To blind bake the crust, place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven in the Bake mode 400 degrees. Place a circle of parchment paper over the prepared pastry and add enough dried beans or weights to cover the surface evenly.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Handling a pan with a removable bottom and bulky oven gloves can be tricky, placing the pan on a flat cooking sheet will make it easier to handle.
Remove the pan after 20 minutes and very carefully remove the parchment paper and beans (having a stainless bowl or plate handy is helpful here). Prick the pastry all over with a fork and return to the oven for 6 - 8 minutes. Leave the oven door ajar to allow the oven to cool.
½ - lb crimini mushrooms or your preferred combination, wiped clean and sliced
1 - thin leek, white part only, thoroughly washed and thinly sliced
2 - tbsp olive oil
¼ - tsp dried thyme
4 - large eggs
¾ - cup heavy cream
1 - cup grated Fontina cheese
Heat a medium saute pan over moderate heat. Add the oil to the pan and when hot add the mushrooms, leeks and thyme. Cook stirring occasionally for 8 - 10 minutes until the mushrooms have released their juices and are limp. Season with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper and set aside to cool.
When ready to assemble and bake the quiche, heat the oven in the Bake mode 350 degrees.
Leave the pan with the prepared crust on the flat pan for easy handling. Whisk the eggs and cream together in a large measuring cup or bowl. Layer the grated cheese over the crust, add the cooked mushrooms and carefully pour over the cream mixture. Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 30 - 35 minutes until the filling is set.
Serves: 4 - 6 People
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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.