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The original Quiche Lorraine was an open pie filled with egg and cream custard and smoked bacon or pork pieces. Variations on this were the addition of cheese to make quiche au gruyere/quiche vosgienne or the addition of onions to make quiche alsacienne. The bottom crust was originally made from bread dough; this has now evolved into the short-crust base we see today. As quiche has become more popular there has been a move away from the traditional flavours and modern quiches include different cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Contrary to the popular belief that quiche was invented by the French it actually originated in the medieval German kingdom of Lothringen, this region was later renamed Lorraine by the French giving name to the famous Quiche Lorraine. The word ‘quiche’ is from the German ‘Kuchen’, meaning cake.

Quiche, flans and tarts are consumed in a variety of occasions. Tarts are often used as a starter or as a meal centre, while quiche and flans are also used as salad meal centres, as lunch box components, and as a key part of family picnics. These versatile, tasty products are usually made with an open topped short crust pastry case, which is filled with a cheese and egg-based custard along with a variety of tasty inclusions.