A quicker and easy version of the official coronation quiche as created by the royal family for the coronation of King Charles III. Using ready made pasty and with no blind baking, this simpler recipe includes full step by step images and detailed instructions to make this Cheat’s Coronation Quiche fuss free and fool proof.
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With a new official recipe for the coronation being released by the Royal family with less than 3 weeks to go until the big day, I’ve had to work super quick to test, shoot and create this slightly easier royal quiche recipe.
After thinking about it all afternoon once the recipe was announced, it was after reading this review from Felicity Cloake in the Guardian that made me realise just how dodgy the recipe is. Or unhelpfully written at the very least.
I don’t think for a second that the royal chef doesn’t know how to make a great quiche that’s perfect every time. But the art of scaling down recipes from a professional kitchen to a domestic one and writing instructions for amateur cooks to follow are different skills entirely. I’m sure its the reason that the official coronation trifle recipe is so bad too.
I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe and taken shortcuts where possible but this isn’t really the big problem with the recipe. What I’ve mostly brought to the party is detailed instructions and a sensible running order to make everything without faffing. And the use of a flan/tart/quiche tin that is more common in domestic kitchens.
Royal Coronation Quiche FAQs
- How Many Does This Coronation Quiche Serve?
- How to Serve Coronation Quiche
- Coronation Quiche Ingredients
- How to Adapt Coronation Quiche
- Is the Coronation Quiche Suitable for Vegetarians?
- Make This Coronation Quiche Allergy Friendly
- Pastry Tips
- Equipment Notes for Coronation Quiche
- How Far In Advance Can Coronation Quiche Be Made?
- Leftover Coronation Quiche & How to Reheat
- Step by Step Recipe
More Coronation Recipes!
Before this last minute addition to the roster of official recipes, I’d already created a number of posts and recipes befitting the coronation. The crowning glory is of course my cheat’s version of the official Coronation Trifle! So make sure to check out those posts too!
The Official Coronation Trifle – Strawberry & Ginger
How Many Does This Coronation Quiche Serve?
This recipe generously serves 8 and could serve up to 12 for smaller buffet portions.
I’ve actually increased the size of this quiche to make use of a 25cm/10inch tart or quiche tin. I believe that this is a much more standard size tin that more people are likely to already own rather than the 20cm/8inch tin used in the original recipe.
Because the amount of ingredients in the official recipe wasn’t terribly large – only using 2 eggs, and either way you’d still likely want to use a standard size piece of pastry, I don’t think this change is excessive. Of course you can make a smaller quiche if you prefer. To make a 20cm/8in quiche, use 2/3 of all the ingredients.
How to Serve Coronation Quiche
I like to serve a quiche just a little warm or room temperature. When it is hot hot straight out the oven, it won’t have had time to set up a little. When it is fridge cold, the flavours are dulled. So my goldilocks temperature preference is warm.
The official suggestion for what to serve the quiche with is a green salad and boiled new potatoes. And I am totally fine with this, it’s a classic combination of spring flavours. Plus the potatoes don’t have to be served piping hot which makes serving a breeze.
If serving the quiche buffet style I would suggest cutting it fully first. People can be a menace with a knife and cut off all sorts of weird shapes and corners!
Other recipes that would be great side dishes for quiche include:-
Coronation Quiche Ingredients
I’ve chosen to suggest using ready rolled shortcrust pastry as this is the most convenient option. You do need to roll it slightly larger and thinner than I arrives but that is very quick and simple.
If you prefer you can buy the block and roll it to size yourself. Or of course you can make pastry from scratch. I actually highly recommend trying the pastry recipe in my Quiche Lorraine with Homemade Thyme Pastry. That recipe is designed for the same size tin so you don’t need to make any changes.
Of course you could make the pasty in the official recipe but you will need to double it to have enough – and even then you will need to be frugal and not roll it any larger than needed.
Another alternative is to use puff pastry like I use in my Puff Pastry Quiche with Bacon, Courgette & Mozzarella. If you’re feeling very extra you can even make your own Puff Pastry.
Buckle in because I have a lot to say here. But if you read nothing else, read this – the cooked spinach must be bone dry before adding it to the quiche.
I have reduced the overall amount of spinach in the quiche slightly. It is still very much a main ingredient and very generous. But I’ve tried to deal with the suggestion that the original recipe is more of a spinach pie than a quiche.
I tested using both fresh and frozen spinach for this recipe.
This turned out to be my preferred option. I’ve included instructions for wilting down the spinach in the recipe which was missing from the official instructions.
This isn’t difficult to do, you simply need a larger pan and a few minutes for it to wilt down. Giving it a few more moments once wilted allows it to dry out in the pan and really reduces the time and effort involved in getting it dry enough.
1 large supermarket bag which is usually 450g was perfect to make the 200g spinach needed.
The frozen spinach was a lot of work to defrost and squeeze out the liquid. It just kept coming. So although using frozen spinach is slightly more economical cost wise, effort wise it didn’t do it for me.
The other issue with the frozen spinach was getting hold of it. Jamie Oliver has been touting it as his new wonder ingredient but neither my local Aldi or Lidl had any, despite it being a product they both stock in theory.
The official recipe calls for either cooked broad beans (lima beans) or soya beans (edamame beans). Using frozen here is really a no brainer for me although if you fancy getting fresh broad beans and double shelling them, please don’t let me stop you.
The frozen beans simply need thawing and drying. I do this by running warm water over them. Fresh beans will just need a couple of minutes boiling then rinsing in cold water and drying.
I actually used soya beans as I always keep them in my freezer to make Salt & Chilli Edamame Beans.
The official recipe uses tarragon. Tarragon has a very strong anise flavour which personally I find extremely overpowering. It also isn’t so readily available in smaller and discount supermarkets as other herbs.
I’ve used flatleaf parsley which is a fairly unobtrusive flavour and just adds a little extra freshness. I also love to add chives to quiche so I’ve suggested that as an options too.
Use one or mix the fresh herbs to your heart’s content. I wouldn’t suggest using dried herbs, you’d be better off just using none.
I’ve used 3 large eggs in this recipe. If you only have medium eggs, you can use those – the difference is negligible. Alternatively if you want to use 4 medium or even 3 extra large you can. The custard in this coronation quiche is very forgiving.
Make sure to whisk the eggs into the cream/milk very thoroughly. You don’t want to end up with chunks of white or yolk in the finished quiche.
The official recipe uses good old cheddar cheese and I see absolutely no reason to change it. Unless of course you have another cheese in your fridge that you prefer or want to use up.
The cheese goes into the quiche grated/shredded. You can use a block and grate/shred it yourself which is the more financially economical option. Or use ready grated which is the more time economical option. I opted for grated because I had that in already and I hate grating cheese!
Before I scaled up this recipe I was going to suggest simply using 300ml of single cream instead of mixing double cream and milk. Cream in the UK is usually sold in 300ml or 600ml so this made sense to me.
However once I increased the total amount of liquid dairy to 450ml, it made more sense to use 300ml of double cream and top it up with cheaper milk. I’ve specified semi-skimmed milk as most people tend to have this. But if you use another type, it will not make mush difference.
You can also just use a straight up 450ml of single cream.
I always specify sea salt flakes in my recipes – I always use Maldon sea salt. If you are using regular fine table salt, you should use half the amount in the recipe as it is much stronger.
Black pepper should ideally be freshly ground if possible. I’ve gone fairly easy on the pepper in the recipe so if you are a pepper fiend, feel free to add more.
How to Adapt Coronation Quiche
The royal family have specifically stated that one of the reasons they decided on a quiche as the official coronation recipe is that it is easily adapted to suit all tastes. Quiche is indeed super adaptable.
Adapt the Pastry
You can use any pastry you prefer. I love to make quiche with puff pastry and with American style pie pastry which is a buttery rough puff pastry. The very light thyme pastry in my quiche Lorraine recipe is also delicious.
Puff Pastry Quiche with Bacon, Courgette & Mozzarella
Quiche Lorraine with Homemade Thyme Pastry
You can also pop a lid onto a quiche and create a pie for a more substantial meal.
Puff Pastry Bacon & Egg Pie
Adapt the Filling
As long as you use a savoury egg and cream or milk based custard in a pastry shell, no matter what other fillings you add, you are making a quiche.
You can take fillings out of this coronation quiche recipe, add fillings in or swap them entirely. The one thing you need to take into account is the overall volume of the filling mixture. Add too much and it will be overflowing.
Take things out without replacing them and you could end up with a sad lack of filling. You can always add an extra egg and more milk/cream to combat this.
Here are some of my favourite and classic quiche fillings to give you some inspiration:
- Ham and cheese quiche – I like to use cooked thick cut gammon and a mix of mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
- Broccoli & stilton quiche – Blanch or steam the broccoli before drying thoroughly and chopping small. Consider mixing blue cheese with another hard cheese or it may become overpowering.
- Tomato, basil & mozzarella quiche – My confit tomatoes are beautiful in a quiche. Add a fine grating of parmesan (or veggie alternative) onto the cooked quiche for extra pizazz.
- Mushroom & spinach quiche – Replace the beans in this recipe with mushrooms cooked in butter.
- Cheese & onion quiche – Another classic quiche. It’s a personal preference whether you choose to cook the onions first or not. I prefer to use a thick layer of well caramelised onions in my version.
- Bacon & mushroom quiche – Cook bacon or pancetta lardons until crispy then cool before adding to the pastry base along with mushrooms cooked well with butter.
Is the Coronation Quiche Suitable for Vegetarians?
The official recipe uses lard (pork fat) in the pastry recipe which makes it not suitable for veggies.
But as this cheat’s recipe uses store-bought pastry which is always vegetarian and often vegan, and the quiche filling contains no meat, this coronation quiche recipe is vegetarian.
Make This Coronation Quiche Allergy Friendly
This recipe is free from nuts.
Gluten Free Coronation Quiche: Ready made and ready rolled gluten free pastry is now readily available to buy. You can simply use this in place of the regular pasty.
You should also make sure to use a gluten free flour to dust your work surface is needed. Or you can also use cornflour if needed.
Dairy Free Coronation Quiche: Double check the ingredients on your pastry – as long as you are not using a “all butter” variety, it will more than likely not contain any dairy.
You will also need to replace the cream and milk. There are many plant based options to choose from so you can simply swap out the milk and cream like for like.
Egg Free Coronation Quiche: Eggs really are the main ingredient in a traditional quiche. You could use a liquid egg replacer although the finished texture of the quiche may be a little different to the original recipe.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above and any variations suggested have not been tested unless otherwise stated. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
I have never blind baked a pastry case when making a quiche.
The official recipes suggests that you do but I can’t see any reason to. Not blind baking is one of the main ways that I have simplified this recipe.
I do blind bake when adding uncooked fillings so if you want some more information about how to blind bake, check out my Blind Baked American Pie Crust recipe.
Pricking the Pastry Before Baking
It is very common to see pastry cases being pricked with a fork or sharp knife before being blind baked or filled and baked.
The official royal quiche recipe doesn’t mention pricking the pastry but the chef in the accompanying video is clearly doing it.
I have been taught to never do this. It is a sure fire way to allow filling to leak into the pastry base and make it soggy. Especially when not blind baking first. So just remember no pricking = no soggy bottom.
Chilling Pastry Before Baking
It is important with almost any pastry to keep it well chilled. When it gets warm the fats in the pastry can melt and then seep out the pastry when baked. Shortcrust pastry is much more forgiving than working with puff pastry.
When using ready rolled pastry I do prefer to allow the pastry to sit out of the fridge a little before trying to unroll it. This can make it easier to unroll without it cracking.
But once it has ben worked with and the quiche tin has been lined, it is a really good idea to chill it again before using. This is why I make lining the tin the first step in this recipe – it can then sit in the fridge whist the filling is being made.
The other main reason for chilling the pastry thoroughly is to prevent serious shrinkage when it bakes. I also work to negate shrinkage by spending a quick moment bringing the side of the pastry slightly up and above the rim of the quiche tin.
Equipment Notes for Coronation Quiche
The vast majority of the equipment needed to make this quiche is fairly standard kitchen equipment – from scales and measuring spoons to a rolling pin, baking tray and whisk.
The one thing that you do need to think about is the tin or dish that you are going to bake the quiche in. There are two main things to consider – the size and the material.
Let’s discuss the size first. This recipe is written for a 25cm/10inch dish. This is what I’d consider to be a fairly standard size quiche to make. I’ve owned many dishes of this size over the years.
To measure your dish you are looking to measure the diameter so from one side all the way to the other side.
As for material, for many years I have used ceramic dishes to make quiche. But I bought a thin metal quiche tin with removeable base a few years ago and honestly I have not looked back.
Metal conducts heat much better than ceramic which helps the pastry to become nice and crisp without needing to overcook the filling. And the removeable base makes getting the quiche out the tin super easy.
If you don’t have metal and only have ceramic, by all means please use it. You may need to increase the cooking time a little more to compensate.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
How Far In Advance Can Coronation Quiche Be Made?
Quiche will always be at its best on the day that it has been baked. But it can be made up to 2 days before serving. It needs to be well covered and stored in the fridge.
There are other ways to get prepared. The quiche tin can be lined with the pastry and kept well covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. The spinach can also be cooked, dried and cooled up to two days in advance and the beans can be defrosted too if needed. Cheese can be grated and stored at any time.
I would not recommend mixing the liquids and filling more than a couple of hours before baking. And the wet filling mixture should only be added to the pastry shell just before baking. Any further in advance and the pastry can get soggy.
Leftover Coronation Quiche & How to Reheat
Leftovers should be wrapped well or placed in an airtight container. They’ll kee for around 4 days from when the quiche was baked.
How to Reheat Coronation Quiche
There are several options for rewarming quiche. Firstly you can use the microwave. It is best to heat individual slices in 30 second bursts until piping hot. This is a great quick method but the downside is that you will lose crisp in the pastry.
Secondly you can use the oven to reheat the quiche. This will take around 15 minutes at 200c/390f fan or 220c/420f non-fan. The benefit of this will be lovely crisp pastry but the downside is that the filling can become a little dry/claggy.
Lastly, and my new preferred method is to heat individual slices in an air fryer. I do this very quickly at 200c for around 6 minutes. This quick reheat with great air flow is the best way to get crisp pastry and hot filling without drying it out.
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Cheat’s Coronation Quiche – Spinach, Bean & Herb
- 320 g Shortcrust Pastry - ready rolled
- 450 g Fresh Spinach - or frozen – see notes
- 100 g Broad/Lima Beans or Edamame/Soya Beans - fresh or frozen
- 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Herbs - tarragon, parsley, chives or a mixture
- 150 g Cheddar Cheese - block or pre grated/shredded
- 3 large Eggs
- 150 ml Semi Skimmed (Half Fat) Milk
- 300 ml Double Cream (Heavy Cream) - see note
- 2 tsp Sea Salt Flakes
- ½ tsp Cracked Black Pepper
- Plain Flour (All Purpose) - for dusting
Prepare the pastry case
- Dust a clean work surface with Plain Flour (All Purpose)
- Unroll a 320 g Shortcrust Pastry sheet on the flour and dust with more flour if it is at all wet. Use your fingers to smooth out any cracks.
- Use a rolling pin to roll the rectangle into a square just a little larger than the quiche tin you are using. This only took me two rolls so be gentle and go steady.
- Carefully drape the pastry into the quiche tin. I fold the pastry towards me, place the tin where the pastry was and then unfold the pastry over the tin. With a little shuffling around, this makes it quite easy.
- Use your fingers to ease the pastry into the corners and sides of the tin. Lift up the sides of the pastry as your do this so you aren't stretching it.
- Use the rolling pin to roll over the top of the tin to cut off the excess pastry. If you aren't using a sharp edged tin, use a sharp knife to remove it.
- Check for any rips, tears or holes in the pastry and use any scraps to cover them. Try not to make your repairs too thick or they won't cook.
- Use your thumb to gently ease the pastry up the sides of the case so it is just protruding above the tin edge all the way round. This will help offset any shrinkage.
- Place to the pastry in the fridge to chill while you prepare the remining ingredients
Prepare the spinach
- Place a large deep frying pan or saucepan over a medium high heat. Add 450 g Fresh Spinach. Do not add any oil or water
- Put on a lid and allow it to sit for around a minute.
- Remove the lid and keep tossing the spinach in a pan. It will start to wilt very quickly.
- Continue to move the spinach around the pan. You want it to continue wilting and for as much water as possible to evaporate. Reduce the heat when it feel necessary, you don't want to fry the spinach.
- After around 5 minutes and once the spinach is looking pretty dry, remove the pan from the heat.
- Tip the spinach onto a plate covered with kitchen paper and spread it out. Set aside and allow it to cool.
Prepare the beans
- Allow 100 g Broad/Lima Beans or Edamame/Soya Beans to defrost if using frozen. I do this by running warm water over them until no longer frozen. Drain well.
- If using fresh beans, boil in water for around 3 minutes. Drain then rinse with cold water.
- Dry thoroughly with kitchen paper and set aside.
Prepare the filling
- You will need roughly 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Herbs. I used parsley, you can use tarragon, chives or a mixture. Use a sharp knife to very finely chop the herbs then set aside.
- Grate if needed, otherwise weigh out roughly 150 g Cheddar Cheese and set aside.
- Finely chop the now cool and very dry spinach. Run a sharp knife over it multiple times on a cutting board.
- Add 3 large Eggs, 150 ml Semi Skimmed (Half Fat) Milk, 300 ml Double Cream (Heavy Cream), 2 tsp Sea Salt Flakes and ½ tsp Cracked Black Pepper to a large mixing bowl. Also add the chopped fresh herbs.
- Whisk until everything is well combined.
- Add the dried spinach – try to make sure it isn't just in one large clump or it will not mix well.
- Carry on whisking until the spinach is well dispersed in the cream/egg mix.
Assemble & bake the quiche
- Preheat the oven to 200c/390f fan or 220c/420f non-fan.
- Retrieve the pastry case from the fridge and place on a thin baking tray. This will make moving it to the oven much easier.
- Sprinkle half of the cheddar cheese into the pastry case.
- Add the cooked and dry beans.
- Give the cream/egg/spinach mixture a quick stir and then carefully pour into the pastry. Give any bits of spinach a poke as needed so the filling is nice and evenly spread.
- Sprinkle over the remaining cheddar cheese.
- Put the whole tray with quiche tin into the oven for around 30 minutes. If you feel like the top is browning too fast, reduce the heat slightly.
- Once cooked, place the quiche in on a wire rack or trivet to cool a little.
- To remove from a tin with a removeable base, please the tin on a bowl which is smaller than the base. Allow the side of the tin to fall away.
- The quiche can then be left on the base to cool further on a wire rack or it should slide straight onto a place.
This is a really great recipe and came out just as the author of the recipe. The instructions were precise and really helpfulThank you. Everyone thought it was delicious. 🥰
I’m so pleased you enjoyed it and found the recipe easy to follow – that’s always my primary aim!
Clare Sardari Flack says
Did I miss something or did you omit to say when the herbs should be added. Once I realised they hadn’t gone in, I sprinkled them on the mixture just before the last amount of cheese went on. I’ve made the quiche in advance and hope that the flavours will be ok and the herbs will have mixed themselves in.
Other than that, I found your instructions really great to follow. I’ve also made the Queen’s jubilee trifle which also went brilliantly – thank you so much!
Its not you, it’s me! Apologies. I’ve added this into the recipe now. It honestly doesn’t really matter at what point they’re added so I’m 100% confident your quiche will be delicious! I hope you have a lovely weekend!
For a veggie quiche this was delicious, could swap out the spinach for broccoli if you wanted. Next time I make a quiche it’ll probably be this one.
Sis Turner says
I made this as a practice for the coronation and it worked an absolute treat. So delicious and I love how you showed every step.
I tried your recipe last night and it was delicious, the flavours are great. This recipe is simple and straightforward to follow, I like the use of ready rolled pastry which allowed me the pull this together quickly.
These flavours are much nicer than the official quiche, I’m looking forward to making it.
Fantastic! Thanks for making this so easy to make.