Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche with Fresh Herbs

This Asparagus Quiche with Fresh Herbs is the perfect early summer lunch or supper recipe. In late May and early June, bunches of seasonal fresh asparagus start to appear in the shops and it is time to look up recipes that make the most of it. It is the time of year when the weather becomes warmer and having a picnic or eating outside in the garden become more realistic prospects. It is also the time of year when outdoor concerts or plays, village fetes and sporting events start to take place. If you are looking for the perfect dish to take along to any of these, something easy, seasonal but luxurious, look no further than home-made Asparagus Quiche.

I love asparagus….

Every year, I look forward to early summer when fresh asparagus is in season. Nowadays, you can buy it all year round but I am a strong believer in eating seasonal, local food. This means that early summer is the time when I get to indulge my love of fresh asparagus. It is great treated simply, just steamed for a few minutes and then either eaten hot with butter or at room temperature with a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. However, it is also a fantastic basis for quiches and savoury tarts. In addition to this Asparagus Quiche, I also make an Asparagus Tart, using ready-made puff pastry, which is fantastic quick and easy lunch or supper dish. I also make a cold Asparagus and Pea Soup with Chervil which is great on a hot summer day either as a light lunch or as a starter for a dinner party.

There are many different types of asparagus with variation in colour, the most common is green asparagus but you can get purple and white, and also the thickness of the stems. If you look in your local farmers’ market or farm-shop at this time of year, you might be lucky and find a variety of different types.

….and quiches!

I make a lot of quiches and savoury tarts. In my view, they are one of the most versatile and useful dishes. They are easy to make and easy to divide into portions, they can be made in advance, they can be served hot or cold, there are a lot of vegetarian options which still seem to please meat-eaters and there are lots and lots of possible flavour combinations. In addition to this Asparagus Quiche, some of my favourites from this blog include Caramelised Onion Tart (a classic), Carrot Tart (a successful experiment), Garlic Tart (double garlic, what’s not to like?) and Beetroot Tart (love it or hate it!).

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Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 68 1x
  • Category: Quiche
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Asparagus Quiche with Fresh Herbs is the perfect early summer lunch, supper or picnic recipe – easy, seasonal, luxurious and great eaten hot or cold. 


Scale

Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 275 g plain flour
  • 125 g fat (I use a mix of half butter and half Trex as I think this makes the lightest pastry)
  • Salt
  • A little water

For the filling:

  • 15 asparagus spears
  • a large bunch of fresh dill or herb fennel (2 tablespoons when chopped)
  • a large bunch of fresh chives (2 table spoons when chopped)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 75 g Cheddar or other full-flavoured cheese

 


Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Make the pastry. Put the flour in a bowl.  Add the fat and combine –  either by “rubbing in” by hand or processing – until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add a little cold water (2-3 tbsp) and shape the mixture into a dough.
  3. Roll out your pastry and use it to line a 25 cm quiche or flan dish.   Bake for 15 minutes in the oven to allow the pastry to “set”.  This will stop the filling making it soggy and ensure that the base is crisp.
  4.  Next, prepare the asparagus spears.  Remove the base of each spear by bending it until it snaps.  It will naturally snap at the point where the thicker, less palatable base section starts. 
  5. Either steam the asparagus spears for three minutes or plunge them into boiling water for the same amount of time.  This will partially cook the spears but retain their crunch and flavour.
  6.  Place the part-cooked asparagus spears in the pastry case. 
  7. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the cream, and beat until combined.  Grate the cheese and add to the mixture.  Then finely chop the dill (or herb fennel) and chives and also add to the bowl.  Season with salt and pepper and then pour it into the pastry case.  
  8. Place your quiche or flan dish in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.

Notes

This Asparagus Quiche can be eaten hot, warm or at room temperature.

Keywords: asparagus, quiche, dill, chives

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Rhubarb Roulade

Rhubarb Roulade – an easy celebration dessert!

This Rhubarb Roulade is made from a quick and easy sponge cake rolled around a filling of Rhubarb Compote and whipped cream. The sponge and the Compote can be made a day ahead and then the Roulade assembled a few hours before it will be eaten. It looks beautiful, especially if it is dusted with icing sugar and then decorated with a few freeze-dried raspberries. It also tastes really good with a classic combination of sharp rhubarb, light buttery sponge and thick, whipped cream.

Rhubarb Compote is basically just fresh rhubarb cooked with sugar. It is a great basis for other rhubarb dishes, such as this Rhubarb Roulade, and is also the basis of another easy dessert recipe, Rhubarb Fool. I made a big batch of it, as I have a very productive rhubarb plant in my garden and then set about thinking about ways that I could use it.

As I was giving a special dinner, and needed an easy but show-stopping dessert, I immediately thought about making a roulade. They can be made in advance, assembled just before they are eaten, the combination of sponge, cream and fruit is generally popular with everyone and no one ever seems to realise how easy they are to make! Initially, I thought about making a more traditional Strawberry Roulade but then I thought about my Rhubarb Compote and decided to try something a bit different. I think the sweet-sour taste of the compote makes this dessert really special and, even though some of my guests were self-proclaimed rhubarb-haters, they all seemed happy to have second helpings.

Other Rhubarb recipes

In addition to this recipe for Rhubarb Roulade and the Rhubarb Compote which is used to make it and Rhubarb Fool, there are many of my other rhubarb recipes are included in this blog. There are basic recipes for both Rhubarb Curd and Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam. If you are a rhubarb lover – or at least “rhubarb curious” – you might also like to have a look at Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Rhubarb Victoria Sandwich Cake and Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding. If you want to save a bit of money and like flavoured gin, you should definitely try making Rhubarb Gin and use it in some Rhubarb Gin Cocktails!

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Rhubarb roulade

Rhubarb Roulade

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves six 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This Rhubarb Roulade is a fantastic celebration dessert which looks beautiful and tastes delicious.  It consists of light, airy sponge rolled around a combination of sweetened Rhubarb Compote and whipped cream. 


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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 85 g caster sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 85 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Around 5 tablespoons of Rhubarb Compote
  • 200 ml double cream, whipped to form soft peaks
  • A little icing sugar

Rhubarb roulade


Instructions

  1. Set oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line your Swiss roll tin with baking parchment or grease-proof paper.
  3. Combine the eggs and sugar and whisk until thick and foamy.  This can take up to 5 minutes.  This is one recipe where you really need a food processor with a whisk attachment or an electric whisk rather than attempting to do it with a hand whisk.
  4. Fold the flour and baking powder into the foamy egg and sugar mixture.
  5. Pour the combined mixture into your Swiss roll tin.
  6.  Put the tin in the oven and bake the sponge for 15 minutes until firm and golden.
  7. Turn the cooked sponge onto another  sheet of baking parchment or grease-proof paper on which you have sprinkled around a tablespoon of caster sugar.
  8. While the sponge is still warm, roll it up so it looks like a Swiss roll with the paper inside.   You need to roll it up while it is warm – you can’t do this when it has cooled off as the cake will crack!   Allow to cool completely.
  9. You need to construct your roulade a couple of hours before you are ready to eat it – otherwise, the filling will make it soggy.  You need to unroll the sponge and remove the paper.   Spread the Rhubarb Compote over the sponge and top it with the whipped double cream.    Don’t spread filling too thick and don’t take it quite up to the edge of the sponge (leave a gap of a couple of centimetres).  This will avoid too much squidging out when you roll the cake up again!
  10. Roll the filled cake up into a Swiss roll shape again.
  11. Dust with sieved icing sugar.

Notes

The cooking times given are for making the Rhubarb Roulade using Rhubarb Compote that you have already made.  You will need to allow a further 45 minutes preparation and cooking time to make the Compote plus additional time to allow it to cool.

Keywords: rhubarb, roulade, rhubarb roulade, rhubarb dessert, rhubarb recipe

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Rhubarb Fool

Rhubarb Fool – a delicious, creamy dessert using fresh rhubarb

Rhubarb Fool is a traditional English dessert, with the earliest recipes dating to the 17th century, which combines sweetened, cooked rhubarb with custard or whipped cream. This recipe is made slightly healthier by using a mixture of whipped cream and Greek yogurt. These are combined with Rhubarb Compote which is a simple sauce made from roasting fresh rhubarb with sugar.

I love the taste of rhubarb and believe that that it goes very well with anything creamy or milk-based. You just have to think of Rhubarb and Custard or Rhubarb Crumble with Cream. In this Rhubarb Fool recipe, the sharp, sweet-sour flavour of rhubarb is moderated by the cream and yogurt. This make is a perfect dish for those who are unsure about rhubarb and may even convert them. It is no coincidence that Gooseberry Fool, which uses another astringent fruit, is also a popular Fool recipe.

Other Rhubarb recipes

In addition to this recipe for Rhubarb Fool, and the Rhubarb Compote which is used to make it, many of my other rhubarb recipes are included in this blog. There are recipes for both Rhubarb Curd and Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam. If you are a rhubarb lover – or at least “rhubarb curious” – you might also like to have a look at Rhubarb Roulade, Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Rhubarb Victoria Sandwich Cake and Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding. If you want to save a bit of money and like flavoured gin, you should definitely try making Rhubarb Gin and use it in some Rhubarb Gin Cocktails!

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rhubarb fool

Rhubarb Fool

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves four 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Rhubarb Fool is an easy and delicious, creamy dessert using roasted rhubarb, cream and Greek yogurt.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 500 ml Greek yoghurt
  • 400 ml of Rhubarb Compote

Instructions

  1. Put the double cream in a bowl and whip until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Then fold the Greek yoghurt into the whipped cream.
  3. Next add 200 ml of the Rhubarb Compote to the cream and yoghurt mixture. and gently fold it in so that it is thoroughly mixed.   
  4.  I  serve the Rhubarb Fool with the remaining 200 ml of Rhubarb Compote in a jug on the table.  This means people can add as much as they want themselves and then swirl it through their Fool.

Notes

  • The timing given for this recipe includes making the Rhubarb Compote.  If you have already made the Compote, it takes less than five minutes to make Rhubarb Fool.
  • You can use this Rhubarb Fool mixture as the base for a great Rhubarb Ice-Cream.  Just put the mixture into your ice-cream maker and follow your user instructions.

Keywords: rhubarb, fool, rhubarb dessert, recipe

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Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Compote – easy to make and used in so many different ways!

This Rhubarb Compote is basically a sauce made with roasted rhubarb and sugar. It is very easy to make and I generally make a big batch of it and then use it for a range of different dishes. It also freezes well so you can make it in advance and then defrost when you need it. Some of the ways that I use it are as listed below.

  • It can be used on its own as a dessert.
  • It can be spread on bread like a jam.
  • It can be used as a cake filling.
  • It makes a fantastic sauce for other dessert dishes such as ice-cream or yogurt.
  • It is also great as a topping for a pavlova. Just spread over a meringue base and top with whipped cream.
  • It can be used to make other dessert dishes such as Rhubarb Fool and Rhubarb Roulade.

I love rhubarb now but it took me a while to learn to like it. I was highly motivated as when we moved to our house many years ago there was a large rhubarb plant in the garden. It was in the middle of a flower bed and for the first few years, I did everything I could to get rid of it. I failed and the rhubarb plant thrived and, in the end, I decided to get cooking and make the best of things!

Other Rhubarb recipes

In addition to this recipe for Rhubarb Compote, many of my other rhubarb recipes are included in this blog. There are recipes for both Rhubarb Curd and Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam. If you are a rhubarb lover – or at least “rhubarb curious” – you might also like to have a look at Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Rhubarb Victoria Sandwich Cake and Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding. If you want to save a bit of money and like flavoured gin, you should definitely try making Rhubarb Gin and use it in some Rhubarb Gin Cocktails!

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Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Compote

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 400 ml of compote 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Rhubarb Compote is very easy to make and can be used in many different ways.  You can eat it on its own as a dessert or as a sauce for ice-cream or yogurt or use to make Rhubarb Fool or Rhubarb Roulade.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 350 g fresh rhubarb stems
  • 100 g caster sugar

Rhubarb ready to roast for compote


Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees C/350 F/gas mark 4.
  2. Wash your rhubarb stems and cut into lengths of around 2 cm.
  3. Put the rhubarb pieces and the sugar on a baking tray.   Stir the pieces around so that the sugar is evenly distributed.
  4. Put the baking tray in the oven and cook the rhubarb uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the baking tray from the oven.  The rhubarb pieces should be very soft and will have exuded a lot of juice.
  6. Allow the rhubarb to cool on the tray.  When it is cool, put it into a bowl and stir gently.  The pieces should break down and you will be left with a thick puree.   Taste the puree and add some more sugar if you think it needs it.  What you are looking for is a good balance of sweet/sour.  

Notes

You should have around 400 ml of compote using the quantities in this recipe.

The compote can be eaten on its own as dessert or used as a sauce for icecream or frozen yoghurt.   It can also be used in a range of other dessert dishes such as Rhubarb Fool or Rhubarb Roulade.   

Keywords: rhubarb, compote, sauce

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Rosemary Cake

Rosemary Cake with Lemon

I love using herbs in both savoury and sweet recipes. This Rosemary Cake with Lemon is a great demonstration of how the addition of a herb can elevate a very easy and simple recipe. It is unusual but not in a scary way. The flavour of the rosemary is not overpowering but enhances the lemon-flavoured cake. I think it is a fantastic way of showcasing the flavour of this wonderful herb, with its warm, spicy flavour.

This Rosemary Cake is one of many loaf cake recipes that I cook regularly. They are so quick and easy to make and you can get really creative with the flavours! On other pages of this blog you can find recipes for Earl Grey and Orange Cake,Lemon DrizzleBlood OrangeLime and CoconutRum and Banana and Ginger and Pear.

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Rosemary Cake with Lemon

Rosemary Cake

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf cake 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

The use of fresh rosemary provides and unusual and delicious twist to this easy lemon-flavoured cake.

 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary (each about 10 cm long) plus a few additional sprigs to decorate, if required.
  • 100 g icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease a 450 g loaf tin and line the bottom with baking parchment or use a paper loaf tin liner.
  3. Cream the butter with the sugar.  (I usually soften the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave first as it makes it much easier!)
  4. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour. 
  5. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  6. Add the milk and the grated zest of your lemon.
  7. Remove the needle-like leaves from your sprigs of rosemary and chop finely.  Put half of the chopped leaves (about 2 teaspoons) into the cake mixture.  The other half should be reserved for use in the drizzle.
  8. Spoon the cake mixture into your prepared loaf tin.
  9. Put the tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  10. While the cake is baking, put the juice from your lemon in a small bowl  and add the reserved half of the chopped rosemary leaves.   Heat in the microwave for 1 minute. The idea is to heat the juice so that the rosemary releases its fragrance.  (If you don’t have a microwave, you can heat the juice in a saucepan over a low heat on the stove.)    Allow the juice containing the chopped rosemary leaves to cool slightly.  Then combine it with 100 g of icing sugar to form a thick syrup.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately pour the syrup over the top.
  12. Leave the cake in the tin to cool completely before removing.   If you try and take it out while it is still warm it may fall apart as it will be very moist due to the syrup.
  13. You can decorate the cake with a few further sprigs of rosemary.

Keywords: lemon cake, rosemary cake, loaf cake

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