Last year this time I was on a frozen adventure. The coldest temperature I’ve ever personally experienced was that trip, -30F. Even the locals agreed with me that that was officially cold.
Because of the weather and having company over, we didn’t take the 30-45 minute trip into town to restock the fridge. That, however, did not decrease our need for sustenance.
In order to stave off making that journey, I rummaged through the pantry and fridge to take stock of the available inventory. I then presented the options. What did we want? Quiche!
Just the day before we taught one of the guests that pancakes can be made from scratch – no mix required. It was fun to follow that up with showing how to make crusts from scratch.
For the quiche crust, however, I used my favorite quick crust recipe. Rather than cutting in the butter (and risking overworking the dough – can you tell that I have made this mistake?), it uses melted butter. It was quick and easy and really impressed my audience.
The quiche turned out delicious. I love it when seemingly simple things turn out so well.
(This is Renee’s quiche from Pinterest. Mine looked just like this one, I swear.)
I discovered that quick crust recipe years ago when I was invited to a Brazilian dance party on the beach. It was a potluck, so I Googled “Brazilian recipes” and found a Cheese Pie recipe. It wasn’t until I was constructing everything that I realized it was actually a mini quiche – just like the ones you buy at Costco. They turned out well, and the crust was fantastic.
It took me several years to put two and two together and use that recipe for all my pie crusts.
The last time I used that recipe was for my first ever lattice top pie. I didn’t know how to do it, yet I didn’t even use the internet to find out. I knew how it needed to end up, so I winged it.
Not bad if I do say so myself.
What has been your best pantry challenge success? or What is the coldest temperature you have ever experienced?