I had a series of 3 house warming parties the last two weekends. I think there is one more to go... It was tiring but really fun :) I would bake some mini quiches, chicken wings and mango puffs for the guests. The chicken wings that were really popular were the tangy wings from Wokking Mum. They are sour in flavour and taste really special. However, once the chicken wings are cold, they do not taste as nice.
The mini quiches turned out well and still taste good even when they are slightly cold. The following is the recipe for making 8 muffin-size quiches.
125g plain flour
10g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
4-5 teaspoons cold water
3 slices of bacon
6 pieces of chopped brown mushrooms
1/2 finely chopped onion
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup cream
Finely grated cheddar cheese (I use one slice of cheese, cut into pieces)
1. To make the pastry, combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter in a bowl.
2. Rub the butter into the flour by lifting and pressing with fingertips to break the butter into tiny pieces. continue until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Add the cold water and mix the mixture to form a ball.
4. Knead lightly on a lightly floured surface then chill, wrapped in clingfilm for 15 mins.
5. Divide the pastry into 8 equal portions and roll them out to form thin circles.
6. Grease the muffin tray.
7. Place the pastry into the muffin tray and prick the base with a fork.
8. Fry the bacon and chopped them into tiny pieces.
9. Using a bit of oil, fry the onions and the mushrooms. Finally, combine the bacon bits into the ingredients.
10. Whisk the milk, cream and 2 eggs in a jug.
11. Divide the ingredients into the muffin cases and pour the milk mixture in.
12. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
13. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius.
14. Bake the quiches for about 30 mins.
I spent a great amount of time fitting the pastry into the muffin cases. Instead of using a lightly floured surface, I used 2 pieces of baking paper. 1 to lay on the surface and the other wrapped around the rolling pin. It is easier to handle the dough and it will not be stuck onto the pin :)