Quiche is essentially an open pie with a crust of pastry that is filled with a moist filling of eggs, cream and other various ingredients.
The most popular addition to this classic dish is chopped streaky bacon and more recently Swiss cheese, usually Gruyère.
Although the French have been credited with the origin of this tasty savoury dish, the quiche was actually born in Germany during Medieval times.
Quiche Lorraine, probably the most famous variation of the quiche contains only a few simple ingredients: bacon, and Gruyère cheese in addition to the creamy egg custard.
Nowadays, there are so many variations of the quiche that almost any ingredient can be added. Some of these ingredients may include sautéed mushrooms, ham, onions, peppers, courgettes, broccoli, tomatoes or even goat's cheese.
This popular dish may be served hot or cold, for lunch, a snack or even on a picnic.
Below are two recipes for quiche; the first a recipe for the traditional quiche Lorraine and the second is a recipe for a Mediterranean style vegetarian quiche. Both are made with shortcrust pastry.