Sunday, 18 October 2015

Basic Vegan Quiche

This is adapted from an Oh She Glows recipe. in her original recipe she uses sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, chives, basil and mushrooms but we found the tomatoes very overpowering. You can use this recipe and just add the fresh herbs and ingredients you like.


Basic Vegan Quiche

Ingredients

For the Crust:
1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, mixed together
1 cup whole almonds, ground into flour
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into flour
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1-2.5 tbsp water, as needed

For the Quiche:
1 block (14-oz) firm tofu
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
1 leek or yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
3/4-1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Black pepper, to taste


Method

Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a round 10-inch tart pan.
Alternatively, you can use a 9-inch glass pie dish if desired.
Wrap rinsed tofu in a few tea towels.
Place a few books on top of it to lightly press out the water while you prepare the crust.

For the crust: Whisk together flax and water mixture in a small bowl and set aside so it can gel up.
In a large bowl, stir together the almond meal, oat flour (or buckwheat flour), parsley, oregano, and salt.
Add in the flax mixture and oil.
Stir until mostly combined, adding the remaining water until the dough is sticky (about the consistency of cookie dough).
The dough should stick together when you press it between your fingers.
Crumble the dough evenly over the base of the tart pan (or pie dish). Starting from the center of the pan, press the mixture evenly into the pan, working your way outward and up the sides of the pan.


Poke a few fork holes in the dough so air can escape.
Bake the crust at 350F for 13-16 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to touch.
Set aside to cool while you finish preparing the filling. Increase oven temperature to 375F.

For the filling: Break apart the tofu block into 4 pieces and add into food processor.
Process the tofu until smooth and creamy. If it doesn't get creamy, add a tiny splash of almond milk to help it along.
In a skillet, add oil and saute the leek (or onion) and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes.
Stir in salt.
Stir in the ingredients you are using. Some you may want to precook, others you may just need to heat through.
Remove from heat and stir in the processed tofu until thoroughly combined.
Adjust seasoning to taste if desired.
Spoon mixture into baked crust and smooth out with a spoon until even.


Bake quiche, uncovered, at 375F for 33-37 minutes, until the quiche is firm to the touch.
Allow to cool slightly before cutting.





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