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Cheshire Cheese and Smoked Ham Quiche

1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the vegetable fat and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add the grated cheese. Stir in just enough chilled water to make a soft, but not sticky dough. Knead for a few moments, then wrap and chill for 10-20 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°C / fan oven 180°C / Gas Mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to line a 20cm (8in) quiche tin. Line with foil or baking paper and baking beans and bake ‘blind’ (without a filling) for 15 minutes.

3. Take the flan from the oven and remove the foil or paper and baking beans. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C / fan oven 160°C / Gas Mark 4.

4. Put the salmon, spring onions, dill and Cheshire cheese into a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and crème fraiche. Season and stir well. Pour into the flan case, then bake for 30-35 minutes, until set. Serve warm or cold, with salad.

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– Ingredients –

Ingredients:

225g (8oz) plain flour

Pinch salt

100g (4oz) white vegetable fat

25g (1oz) Cheshire cheese, finely grated

Filling:

100g (4oz) smoked salmon, snipped into pieces

3 spring onions, finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

50g (2oz) Cheshire cheese, finely grated

3 eggs, beaten

150g (6oz) low fat crème fraiche

Freshly ground black pepper

– Author –

British Cheese Board View on author website Purchase Ingredients