Recipe notes by Elizabeth Gibbs
In celebration of Coronation Big Lunches taking place over the Coronation weekend, Their Majesties have shared a recipe for a Coronation Quiche – featuring spinach, broad beans and tarragon.
The Coronation Big Lunch aims to bring neighbours and communities together to celebrate the Coronation and share friendship, food and fun. Her Majesty The Queen Consort, as Patron, has attended Big Lunches all across the UK and the world, including in Ghana and Barbados.
This recipe shows double the quantity of pastry compared to other recipes on the internet (including the one on the royal website). I found this makes a firmer pastry. And I’ll suggest blind baking at a low temperature 160C fan, for twice as long – 30 minutes.
Blind baking a pie crust is necessary when it will be filled with an unbaked filling (such as with pudding or cream pies), in which case the crust must be fully baked. If you reduce the plain flour to 200g, the pastry might be thin enough not to require blind baking.
Be sure to squeeze out as much moisture as you can out of the spinach so that you are not adding unnecessarily increasing the risk of a soggy bottom. And worth mentioning that the pastry includes lard, but you can swap this for butter to make it vegetarian.
Finally, keep baking until you get a crisp golden brown pasty that holds up to the soft, creamy fillings.