08 May 2011

Baby Egg Pies


I made these baby egg pies (or baby quiches) for Cooper, but they are also great picnic fare, as they are so easy to pick up and eat without getting into a mess, especially for toddlers.

I used ready made shortcrust pastry for speed and to be honest, I find the quality pretty good, but you could make your own pastry if you have the time. You can find a basic recipe here.

These pies are equally good eaten warm or cold and they freeze well, so they are a great standby too and so, so simple.

Here is a photo of Cooper enjoying one whilst sitting on his dad, in the park.


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Baby Egg Pies
These baby quiches can be filled with whatever vegetables you would like to use up. They are quick and easy to make. If you don't have any cream in the fridge, just use milk instead
Ingredients
  • 250g shortcrust pastry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large flat mushroom, finely chopped
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • small handful fresh herbs
  • enough grated cheddar to sprinkle on top
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 190c/375f/Gas 5.2. Rub a little olive oil into 8 holes of a muffin tin.3. Roll the pastry fairly thin and cut out circles of pastry to fit or a little larger than the muffin holes. I used a small bowl. 4. Gently ease the pastry into each hole and prick the base once with a fork. I have tried blind baking these and to be honest, it worked out better when I pricked them with a fork. Much easier.
5. Bake the pastry for 5 minutes. The bases will have risen a little. Gently push them down with the back of a teaspoon. Set aside.
6. Saute the onion in the olive oil until soft and translucent, then add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft. Add the peas and tomatoes and warm through in the pan with the other ingredients for a couple of minutes. Season with black pepper.7. Spoon a little of the vegetable mixture into each pastry case.8. Whisk the eggs with the cream or milk and season with black pepper.9. Pour the egg mixture into the cases. Be generous, if the egg spills over the top of the case a little, it really doesn't matter as the egg will set anyway. Sprinkle each pie with some grated cheddar.10. Bake for a further 7-8 minutes until the egg is set.
note: These will happily keep in the fridge for a few days in an airtight container, alternatively, you can freeze them.
Details
Total time: Yield: Makes 8 baby egg pies





On another note. Just in case you didn't see my last post. I am hosting this week's Presto Pasta Nights. If you would like to enter, just email me (tinnedtomatoes@googlemail.com) and cc Ruth (ruth(at) 4everykitchen(dot)com) your post url and a photo of your pasta dish. I am making an exception on this occasion and sticking to Ruth's guidelines, so your pasta dish doesn't have to be veggie, although it would of course be fabulous if it was. Link to Presto Pasta Nights and Tinned Tomatoes in your post. If you could have your entries in by Thursday night (12 May 2011) as I am posting the roundup on Friday morning.

After a bit of prompting from Johanna, I am sending these in to this month's Breakfast Club. This month's theme is savoury and vegetarian, so these fit in nicely and anything eggy is always good for breakfast.

Breakfast Club is a monthly event dreamt up by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Sarah at Fingers and Toes who think that breakfast should be more interesting
than tea & toast or coffee & cereal. If you would like to enter this month, you have until 28th May 2011.

21 comments:

  1. It looks good! I hate peas though, any suggestions for other alternatives?

    And I really like your blog. Cooper is super cute :)

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  2. Thanks Sumaiyyah, you could add tomato or bell pepper. Just whatever veg you have lying about in the fridge.

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  3. Yeah bell pepper sounds good. Thanks!

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  4. What a lovely idea, to make mini quiches for a mini person ;-) much easier to handle for Cooper!

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  5. They are just the right size for him to hold and chomp. I rather like then too C :)

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  6. Eggy pies remind me of Kate Middleton and her love for "eggy" toast. My smile is as large as the one on sweet little Coopers face!

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  7. So cute (the baby and the quiche).

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  8. lovely pies - have tried similar ones with sylvia and was not successful but should try again especially with peas - she loves them - nice to hear you are having park weather!

    You could send these in to the breakfast club event that I am hosting this month - egg pies would make a great veg savoury breakfast

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  9. I'm glad I found your site, it sounds great and I look forward to browsing my way through the recipes!!
    Take care.

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  10. I love eggy toast too Val, although we call it eggy bread here. Graham and I always debate about it as I think it should have salt and Graham thinks it should be sugar. Of course I am right, hehe :)

    Thank you Angela :)

    Hey Johanna, They say you should try a wee one 16 times with a food before you give up. It takes them that long to get used to it. Sounds mad doesn't it, but I have read about it a few times. Oh and thank you for the reminder about Breakfast Club.

    Hi Foodness Gracious, nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by :)

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  11. Baby Egg Pies look yummy! Cooper is such a cutie :)

    Maria
    x

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  12. Lovely idea for picnics! There's something so cute and appetising about mini versions of food

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  13. Nice shot of Cooper eating the baby egg pie. Perfect size for his hand.

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  14. Love the celtic kit teehee! Great pies too, I'm seeking out picnic recipes at the mo so this is very handy.

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  15. That boy of yours is growing so fast. Lovely idea for picnic food.

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  17. Thanks Maria :)

    I know CC, I must think of more mini foods for the summer :)

    Thanks Janice :)

    Just the right size TB and he does enjoy them. Doesn't always manage a whole one though, but he gives it a good shot.

    Hey Chele, watch it you!! No football here please, hehe! Are you just being optimistic about the weather or thinking about our Scottish bloggers meet-up?

    He is getting so tall so quickly Choclette, you just wouldn't guess that he is only just over a year old.

    Thanks for getting in touch Vincent. I will go and have a wee look.

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  18. Thanks Maria :)

    I know CC, I will have to think up some more minature food :)

    Thanks Janice :)

    He does enjoy them TB although doesn't always manage to finish them.

    Hey, watch it Chele, no football here please(hate football). Hope you get picnic weather.

    His is, he is shooting up in size Choclette :)

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  19. They look great Jac!

    Thanks for sending them to Breakfast Club

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  20. These are so cute - they'd work really well in a bento box :)

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x