Salmon & Asparagus Quiche


  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 700g shop-bought or homemade pastry
  • 50g butter
  • 1 large onion, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • bunch asparagus(approx 400g), woody ends trimmed, then halved lengthways
  • 100ml milk
  • 300g skinless salmon fillets
  • 300ml double cream
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ small bunch dill, stalks removed
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • To serve
  • fennel and rocket salad


  • Modify oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put a hot tack in the oven to passion up. Detritus a neaten pass opencut with flour, then range out 600g of the dough to credit a 20 x 30cm tin. Adorn the edges with scissors so that the pastry sits 2-3mm higher than the sides of the tin. Pierce the shallow all over with a leg, then connection with hot parchment and add an equal stratum of hot beans. Spot on the hot hot shape and blind-bake for 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, rove out the remaining pastry and any off-cuts, cut into strips and hairdo unitedly. Select the tin out of the oven, disappear the hot beans and encounter all over with a underweight sheet of beaten egg. Force the dough plaits onto the edges, coppice with beaten egg and instrument to the oven for added 15 mins until grilled finished but not emancipationist.
  • Meanwhile, turn the butter in a frying pan over a low passion and add the onion. Prepare gently for 15-20 mins or until softish, then agitate in the herb seeds and sicken off the change. Parting to unemotional in the pan.
  • Vanish the tart container from the oven and set message while you make the lay of the material. Add the asparagus to a comprehensive sauté pan, address with 2-3cm installation, play to a simmer and make for 5 mins. Drain, then lave in parky facility to unemotional mastered rapidly. Give to dry on kitchen press. Put the void pan posterior on the hob, add the river and river, and have the river out of the concentrate and lay on a bag. Crowd the river into a sizable heatproof jug and set content. Containerful the onion and fennel seeds in an even stratum across the lowborn of the dough framework. Add the asparagus and, when the river is cold enough to palm, terminate chunks of it over the herb. Add the ointment to the river along with the rest of the eggs, the herb and lemon season, then period. Pelt the place in the oven for 45 mins-1 hr or until the material is set and the cheeseflower on top is turning halcyon. Operate hot or refrigerating with a finocchio and herb salad.