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D's Heart-Shaped Ham & Cheese Quiches

The Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf wanted to bring something hearty for his class Valentine brunch. We settled on quiche. When we went to pick up ingredients, I felt his hand slip into mine...and tug gently. "Mommy, can we not put spinach in the quiche this time? I don't think that the other children like vegetables as much as we do...and last time none of the kids ate what I brought. You can put spinach in the quiche for us, though," he reassured me.

Sweet boy. In the past he seemed unfazed by his potato-kale galettes going uneaten by his classmates - it's okay...the teacher and all the adults ate it, he reported. But he obviously wasn't up for the culinary rejection this time around. So, we picked up ham and cheese.

The verdict: There was not a single crumb left! And, he declared proudly, 'Some kids went back for fourths." Wow.

Ingredients makes one 10" quiche

  • 2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C ground almonds
  • 3/4 C butter, chilled and cubed
  • 3 T cold water
  • 1 T vodka


  • 2 C sliced ham
  • 2 C shredded cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place flour and ground almonds into a mixing bowl. Rub in butter till the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in water and vodka until the mixture forms a ball. Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper and place the crust into a baking pan. We used 10" heart pans for Valentines' Day! Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Place ham and cheese into the crust and top with beaten egg.

Bake till firm, approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Once cooled, remove from springform pan. They will be puffed and firm when finished. Cool slightly before slicing. These can also be served cold.


  1. I love your enthusiastic elf posts....I can't wait until Little Miss is old enough to cook with me.

    1. Thanks! It did take years and a lot of patience for them to get to the point where they (1) enjoy it and (2) can cook without a lot of intervention on my part. It's worth it though.


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