Pumpkin Quiche meets Pumpkin Ale

Autumn time is pumpkin time. This week I paired a pumpkin quiche with a pumpkin ale. After all, “like goes with like” is a basic principle of beer-food pairing. For the quiche, I first prepared a shortcrust pastry and spread it out in a suitable baking dish. For the filling, I diced a Hokkaido pumpkin, grated it and mixed it with sour cream, bacon, onions, eggs and Emmental cheese; seasoned with sea salt, pepper and a little cinnamon.

My first pumpkin ale was the one of Steamworks from Canada. I liked the pumpkin beer right from the start. For the pairing, I chose the Spiced Pumpkin Beer “Room 1410”; a joint project of Freigeist Bierkultur, Straßenbräu and Gorilla. Brewed at the Vormann Brewery in Hagen-Dahl, Germany. Besides water, barley malt, hops and yeast, the beer is brewed with a pumpkin spice brew; consisting of pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and vanilla. The spices from the beer complement the quiche beautifully and give it that certain something.


Level of difficulty:
Anybody can

Ingredients shortcrust pastry:
275g wheat flour
125g butter
a pinch of sea salt
1 egg
4 tbsp water

Ingredients quiche filling:
150g bacon
2 tbsp butter
1 onion
1 Hokkaido pumpkin
150ml sour cream
150g Emmental cheese
2 eggs
Sea salt, pepper, cinnamon

1. Place the flour on the work surface and knead with the butter, egg and a little water to form a dough. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge for about an hour.
2. Put the bacon in a pan with the finely chopped onion and fry lightly with a little butter, then leave to cool. Grate the pumpkin flesh without the skin (reduce the water content) and mix with sour cream, Emmental, eggs, sautéed bacon and onions. Add a little salt, pepper and cinnamon.
3. Spread the dough in the baking pan and form a rim. Prick the pastry base several times with a fork. Spread the quiche filling on top and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees top/bottom heat for approx. 40 minutes.

Source: Original recipe comes from Hagen Grote; I have changed it slightly.

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