Coronation Quiche Recipe

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Buckingham Palace posted this recipe for Coronation quiche a few days ago, so I was excited to make it! I can’t wait for the Royal celebration. This will be one of the dishes served at the luncheon. But, I have to say I was reluctant to try it with the broad beans (fava beans), but I was game. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit. But I LOVE the change!

Coronation quiche with crown.

Just like the Coronation chicken salad that was served at Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953, this recipe will be the cornerstone for the luncheon. So it you’re planning a Coronation party, brunch, street party, Mother’s Day or Afternoon tea this Coronation quiche would be the perfect addition.

British street party.
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What does Coronation quiche taste like?

I’m really made the change to substitute the fava beans for leeks. After I published this post, I saw several not very flattering articles about how odd the fava beans were. My version includes the flaky, buttery crust, the same filling of spinach and tarragon as well as English cheddar cheese. However, the substitution of the leeks for the fava beans marries so well with the spinach and tarragon. The result was delicious! Dare I say it was even better the second day?

Coronation quiche on red stand.

Adaptations for the American kitchen

I’ve adapted this recipe for the Coronation quiche from the recipe on the Buckingham Palace website. I’ve done all the work of converting grams to ounces and cups, as well as the oven temperatures. If you’d like the version from the Palace, here’s their recipe for the quiche.

Coronation quiche with slice taken out of it.

What are broad beans?

Broad beans are what we what we call fava beans in the US. I couldn’t find fresh fava beans in any of my local grocery stores. The canned fava beans were not appealing, so I substituted sautéed leeks. Here’s my post on how clean a leek if you’d like to make this substitution.

Sliced leeks.

Not only do I think they look and (I imagine), taste better, they are also a nod to King Charles’ former title of “Prince of Wales”. The leek is one of the national symbols of Wales.

I’ve also substituted all butter for the lard, which makes this recipe vegetarian. The original recipe uses 1/2 lard and 1/2 butter. If you can find fresh fava beans, and wish to make the original recipe, substitute the leeks for 2 ounces of cooked broad beans. I also modified the amounts of the pastry to fit a 9″ tart pan.

Coronation quiche single piece.

Make ahead tips

  • To prepare the crust ahead of time, blind bake the pie crust and wrap well.
  • Cook and chop the spinach, and sauté the leeks. Store in containers and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • The spinach quiche can also be make ahead and frozen. Prepare quiche up to baking. It can even be fully cooked then frozen. For either step, wrap well in plastic and then aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Defrost before baking.
  • You can also use a store-bought pastry crust if you wish.

What’s in a Coronation quiche?

Homemade pie Crust

  • flour
  • butter
  • milk
  • salt
Ingredients for coronation quiche.

Filling

  • fresh spinach
  • small leek
  • eggs
  • heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • English cheddar cheese
  • fresh tarragon
  • kosher salt and pepper.

How to make Coronation spinach quiche

Use an 9″ pie pan, tart or quiche dish, Prepare the crust. In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt to blend. Add the diced butter and pulse until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk a little slowly until it comes together into a dough. Flatten into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.

Pressing dough into sides of tart pan.

Lightly flour a cutting board and roll the pastry into a circle slightly larger than the pie dish or tart tin about 1/4″ thick. Chill another 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. I like this French rolling pin.

Line baking dish with parchment and top with beans or pie weights. Blind bake pastry for 15 minutes. Blind baking helps prevent a soggy or under-baked crust.

blind baking.

While crust is baking, prepare the filling. Sauté the leeks in butter until softened and translucent. Remove with a slotted spoon. This is what 7 ounces of raw spinach looks like.

raw spinach.

Blanch spinach in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Squeeze any excess moisture from spinach and chop. Toss chopped spinach with leeks and tarragon.

chopping spinach and tarragon.

Beat the milk, cream, eggs, salt and pepper together. Shred the cheddar cheese, divide in half.

making the custard.

Sprinkle half the shredded cheese over the crust.

cheese on crust.

Top with leeks and spinach tarragon mixture.

filling of coronation quiche.

Pour egg mixture over filling. Top with remaining shredded cheese.

custard and cheese.

Place quiche on a baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm or room temperature. Wrap leftover quiche and refrigerate.

What to serve with Coronation quiche.

Coronation quiche would be perfect with a simple green salad or a citrus salad. For dessert lemon posset or strawberry fool are a simple and elegant dessert options.

Coronation quiche with flag on red plate.
Coronation quiche with flag.

Coronation Quiche

Cynthia
This Coronation spinach quiche recipe is adapted from the Buckingham Palace's recipe for the King's Coronation luncheon
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Afternoon Tea,, Breakfast, Brunch,, Luncheon,
Cuisine English, French
Servings 6 servings
Calories 485 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 9" pie or quiche pan

Ingredients
  

Pastry Crust

Filling

  • 4 ounces whole milk
  • 6 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh tarragon chopped, divided
  • 5 ounces English cheddar cheese grated
  • 7 ounces fresh spinach cooked, chopped
  • 1 small leek trimmed, washed and sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

Pastry shell

  • In a food processor fitted with a blade, pulse flour and salt to mix.
  • Add butter and pulse until the flour mixture resembles coarse sand. Slowly add milk and pulse just until dough comes together. Form into a ball. Flatten into a disk, and wrap in plastic. (At this point, you can chill 30-45 minutes.)
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured board into a circle slightly larger than tart tin. Fit pastry dough into tart tin, patching any cracks or tears to prevent leakage. Wrap and chill an additional 30 minutes in the refrigerator. (If you want to make ahead, you can also refrigerate or freeze at this point.)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover tart bottom with parchment paper and fill with baking beans. Blind bake for 15 minutes. While crust is chilling, prepare filling.

Filling

  • Reduce oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a large pot with salted water. Blanch spinach in batches, for 2 minutes. Transfer spinach to bowl of ice water to stop it from cooking, and to preserve bright green color. Drain well, squeezing out excess water, then chop spinach. Set aside.
  • Clean and slice leek. Heat olive oil and butter in a medium skillet and saute leeks until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Chop Tablespoon tarragon and divide. Mix 1/2 Tablespoon tarragon with spinach. Shred cheddar cheese.
  • Beat eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper until well blended. Add remaining 1/2 Tablespoon tarragon.
  • Cover bottom on tart with half of the shredded cheddar. Scatter the spinach/tarragon mixture and sliced, cooked leeks. Pour custard over mixture. Place tart on a baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until quiche is set and slightly golden brown.
  • Serve quiche warm or room temperature.

Notes

  • Cooking time is for pre-chilled or pre-made crust. 
  • Store-bought crust can be used.
  • The original recipe calls for 2 ounces cooked broad or fava beans. 
    Omit the leeks and substitute the fava beans, scattering the fava beans over the top of the spinach.
  • Pastry dough can be made ahead of time and chilled until ready to use. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 14gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 617mgPotassium: 393mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 4661IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 295mgIron: 3mg
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42 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am so happy you shared this recipe with all the hard work done for me. I wouldn’t have a clue how many cups are needed when grams are listed. I don’t like fava beans myself, so the leek substitution is perfect thank you! Will be making this the day before the coronation since you said it was better the next day.

  2. 5 stars
    I have to say i saw the original and was kind of turned off by the idea of fava beans in a quiche. Like, why? I tried yours yesterday because I wanted to make sure it would be ok to serve on the 6th. I’m so glad you adjusted it and added leeks. Definitely delicious! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This coronation quiche recipe looks like a unique and flavorful dish that would be perfect for brunch or a light dinner. I can’t wait to try it out and see how the flavors all come together in the final product.

  4. 5 stars
    So glad I found your recipe, because I hate fava beans and was just going to omit them. The leeks are a great swap and how perfect for the Welsh connection! Thanks for sharing your interpretation. I’m off to look at more of your British recipes.

    1. Thanks so much April. Apparently we’re in the majority as it seems most people are puzzled by the fava beans. It’s delicious with leeks!

  5. 5 stars
    Love this delicious classic quiche. It’s the perfect breakfast, brunch, or a light dinner. Fava beans would be tasty too!

  6. 5 stars
    Love a good quiche but I think my favourite thing about THIS recipe is how nutritious it is. Greens, eggs, dairy all in one place!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this quiche (with leeks) as part a special birthday brunch in our family. It was delicious and a bit hit. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I agree leeks work well with the other ingredients, and I wouldn’t be sure about the fava/broad beans either, though maybe fresh would indeed be OK. Just maybe a little odd texture-wise. But this is more of a classic quiche and tasty as a result!

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe! We loved it – tarragon is a game changer in this quiche for us – such a beautiful flavour!

  10. 5 stars
    First of all, thank you for converting measurements to Imperial system and Fahrenheit. There is nothing worse than finding a delicious looking recipe and then seeing its in the God awful metric system!
    I heard about this Coronation Quiche sweeping thru the U.K. and after seeing the recipe, I was turned off by using beans in a quiche. Then I spotted your version and I’m so glad I did. I made it this morning and had to have a second serving. Absolutely delicious. Thank you and stay well.

  11. 5 stars
    I have not prepared yet but I can tell it is a great recipe. Curious where does one purchase ready made shortbread pastry shells or flour in the US????

    1. if you mean ready made pie crust, it is easily found and readily available in every super market throughout the US. Where are you located?

  12. 5 stars
    the end result was absolutely delicious! The creamy, tangy flavor of the egg mixture paired perfectly with the savory quiche filling.

  13. 5 stars
    What a flavorful quiche! Thanks for sharing the info about it too. Saving it for Mother’s Day brunch.

  14. 5 stars
    thank you for the leeks! i have been
    looking for substitutionsfor those beans and best i could come up with was peas. not bad, but leeks are perfect. now I camake and enjoy

  15. 5 stars
    This was divine. I was a little low on spinach so added a bit more leek. For the cheese I used Westminster red cheddar (found at the cheese counter in Wegmans for about $5). The slightly sweet taste reminded me of a comte and was wonderful and made it quite special.

    I used a premade pie crust in a tin from Marie Callender which I blind baked. Since this crust is taller than a tart, it required extra time in the oven. Once the cheese had reached a golden state, I just turned the oven off and left it in until done, checking with a toothpick.

    One note: the recipe directions neglect to say top the quiche with the remaining half cheddar, although they are in the pictorial section. If wasn’t hard to figure out but confusing at first because just eating the rest if the cheese is always an option. Cheers for a winning twist.

  16. 5 stars
    Wonderful quiche! I served it for my Coronation breakfast and my guests loved it! The leeks are a much better choice than the fava beans.

5 from 28 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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