Pan fry the bacon in a little oil for ten minutes or until starting to crisp.
Meanwhile, cut 24 circles out of the shortcrust pastry sheets using a large round cookie cutter or the rim of an upturned glass.
Lightly spray 2 round-bottomed pie trays with oil, then press the pastry circles into the holes.
Put a teaspoon of cheese into each hole, then top with a teaspoon each of cooked bacon and chives.
Whisk together the eggs, cream, milk and pepper and pour on top of the cheese/bacon/chives so that the pastry cases are filled almost to the top.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the egg mixture is lightly set and the pastry and tops of the quiches are starting to brown lightly.
I don't want to pre cook anything. Can I use ham instead of bacon?
Yes, why not? I do find bacon makes the quiches a bit tastier but I do sometimes use ham instead if I want to cut down on the cook time.
How much pastry do I need to use?
The amount of shortcrust pastry stated in the recipe is average. I used 3 ready-made (frozen, but fresh is fine too of course) pastry sheets.
I'd prefer to make my own pastry....
No problem. I often do this. Here's the recipe I use:350g (2 cups or 12 ounces) plain flour170g (12 tablespoons or 6 ounces) cold butter, cut into cubesJust throw the flour and butter into a food processor with 6 tablespoons cold water and pulse until you have a ball of pastry (or really big chunks). Bring together, chill for at least half an hour, then roll out with extra flour.If you don't have a food processor simply rub the butter into the flour with your finger tips, then add the water and bring the pastry together with your hands.
Can you freeze these mini quiches?
You can freeze these quiches after cooking. Simply freeze for about half an hour on baking trays and then transfer to ziplock freezer bags, OR place between sheets of baking paper in a plastic container.
How do you reheat them?
Reheat straight from frozen for 10 minutes at 355F/180C.
Can I add other fillings?
These mini quiches work really well with other fillings such as cooked roasted vegetables, finely chopped sundried tomatoes, cooked meats, different cheeses and finely chopped raw produce such as bell peppers, asparagus and scallions/spring onions.
I don't have a round-bottomed pie tray!
If you don’t have round-bottomed pie trays, you can use mini muffin trays instead. Just as long as the holes are quite shallow, your quiches will still turn out fine.