Ricotta and Artichoke Quiche in a Pistachio and Olive Oil Crust


If you want to read all about the wonderful produce on the island and experience some of the local life here see my Note from the heart of the Mediterranean of today.

I am sharing with you now a recipe I created for Brilliant Baking Magazine, June issue.

For the pistachio crust click here for step by step instructions
the secret of blind baking

You will need:
800g flour
200 ml olive oil (if you are looking for a very β€˜short’ and rich pastry, substitute this with 400g butter)
Pinch of salt
Few Drops freshly squeezed lemon
Cold water
2 eggs
100g pistachios. Roughly ground.
(These quantities will give you the equivalent to line 2 tart dishes and make this bake)

Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and mix. Add the olive oil. Rub in the oil until you have a consistent texture. The feel of using oil is silkier, more satiny, less grainy than the rubbing in butter method. Grind the pistachios in a processor, not too finely. Add the pistachios add to the flour mixture. Add the egg and work it into the mix. Bind the dough by adding two spoons of cold water and repeating until you have the right consistency. Bring the dough together, knead lightly and leave in the fridge to rest for half an hour. Open up the dough with a rolling pin. Roll out until its smooth and consistent. Place neatly onto a tart dish that has been brushed with olive oil. Pat the pastry gently into place. Allow it to hang over the edge and trim it about 1/4 inch over the rim. Pierce it all over, neatly with a sharp fork. Return to the fridge for 15 minutes. Bake at 180C for 20 minutes. Take out and remove the access pastry by applying pressure from the rolling pin onto the edge of the tart dish. Remove the access pieces and return to the oven for another 5 minutes to crisp a bit more.

For the filling, you will need :

200g ricotta
3 eggs
Maldon Salt and freshly ground pepper
200g fresh cooked or canned Artichokes
Basil flowers or leaves

Mash the ricotta with a fork. Add the eggs. Beat until smooth. Pour into pie crust. Slice the artichokes and arrange them neatly on the surface. Bake in the oven at 180 C until lighly golden. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then arrange the edible basil flowers on top. Serve hot or cold.

And this is our garden tonight, a mild summer so far, mellow warm and not too hot, just perfection!

23 responses to “Ricotta and Artichoke Quiche in a Pistachio and Olive Oil Crust”

  1. This quiche looks amazing and I love the mix of pistachios in the crust. Definitely on my “to try” list. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, only just saw this. I hope you have tried it and liked it too πŸ™‚

  2. Love the ground pistachio’s in the pastry dough. This sounds delicious!

    1. It is, do try it and let me know πŸ™‚

  3. Looks absolutely wonderful, Lea ! – and must taste divine, too (of course !). One of these days …

    1. Thank you Margaret Rose, only just saw this. Hope you are well πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Cindy, hope all well with you πŸ™‚

  4. Love the mix of flavours πŸ™‚ x

    1. Thank you Elaine, only just saw this πŸ™‚

      1. No worries x did you see my email?

        1. No I did not :(. I have a new email address, the other one gave up on me :(. Never knew that gmail can stop working. My new one leahogg1@gmail.com πŸ™‚

          1. Okay – I’ll resend it xx

            1. Thank you absolutely, please remind me two weeks before you need it πŸ™‚

  5. This is a beautiful dish and I love the addition of the flowers.

    1. They are sage flowers, so a common flavor for most πŸ™‚

  6. Savory version of your pistachio crust. This quiche is absolutely gorgeous and decadent. You only make decadent. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Fae, hope you are well πŸ™‚

  7. I love olive oil crusts. The pistachio sounds amazing for great texture and flavor. The artichokes in the filling must shine with the bright basil.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ so do I πŸ™‚

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