This is a scrummylicious (today's big word out of the way!) flan/quiche/tart - quite soft and fluffy - delicious with salad and new potatoes.
Right, that's the sales pitch over - now onto the recipe:
Leek and Goats' Cheese Flan
Shortcrust pastry to line a 22cm flan tin or quiche dish
250g (trimmed weight) leeks, rinsed, dried and cut into 1cm slices (I used three medium sized leeks, well trimmed)
100g goats' cheese with herbs, cut into small pieces
3 large eggs
142 ml single cream
salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6 and line the flan tin/dish with shortcrust pastry.
Lightly prick the base of the pastry case with a fork, line with baking paper or foil, add ceramic baking beans or dried rice, beans or pasta to weigh the paper down. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the paper and beans then bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn temperature down to 180C/Gas 4.
Meanwhile, put the leeks and butter in a pan. Cover and cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and reserve the liquid.
Break the eggs into a large bowl and lightly beat. Add the goats' cheese, cream and liquid from the leeks. Beat lightly together with a fork and season to taste.
Put the drained leeks into the flan case, pour over the cream mixture and bake for 25 minutes until set and golden.
Things I do: Generally I make my own pastry using the quick/throw it all in method in my food processor, but always have some JusRol frozen sheets of pastry in the freezer on standby. Due to the shenanigans here over the plumbing and water being turned on and off I used frozen pastry when I made this on Tuesday :)
You can't always find goats' cheese with herbs in, this recipe is fine made with ordinary goats cheese and either a pinch of dried herbs or maybe fresh chopped thyme or sage - both go well. Whatever floats your boat!
The plumbing still isn't finished - but we now have isolation valves and a ruddy big hole (well, about 8" x 10") cut into the landing wall. For once it was good to have a partition wall to play with which meant the shower tiles have been undisturbed. The funny thing is, the hole will be fitted with a special inspection cover and then I plan to hang a mirror or a picture over it.....always thinking ahead when the devil drives!! Bit like the aristocracy really with a wall safe hidden behind a picture - 'cept in our case it's a bit of pipework and a couple of isolation valves. Story of my life really.
Friday again, and the weekend beckons - hope it's a good one, whatever you have planned :)