General English


  • A savoury custard tart made from a shortcrust or puff pastry-lined quiche dish or flan ring, possibly precooked, filled with various solid savoury and raw salad or vegetable items which are then covered with a seasoned mixture of eggs and milk and/or cream, possibly gratinated and/or decorated, then baked in the oven at 200 to 230°C until cooked and browned


  • noun a savoury tart made of a pastry case filled with a mixture of eggs and milk, with other ingredients such as onion, bacon, vegetables or cheese added

Origin & History of “quiche”

German kuchen ‘cake’ (a relative of English cake) is the original of quiche. In the dialect of Alsace it became küchen, which French transformed into quiche. The word found its way into English in the first half of the 20th century, but initially only as a specialist term for a somewhat recherché dishbefore world War II, quiche Lorraine was exotic fare. It was the 1970s and the advent of winebar cuisine that made it much more widely familiar.