The King’s Coronation Quiche

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2 May 2023

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Image above from The Times.

In honour of the Coronation weekend festivities, the Royal family have graciously shared a recipe a Coronation Quiche that is sure to impress (or not). This quiche features fresh spinach, hearty broad beans, and tarragon, with a short crust pastry. Broad beans you may ask? Yes, the rest of the world is equally as confused as we are.

The recipe was thoughtfully selected by the King and her majesty alongside their esteemed royal chef, Mark Flanagan. In the past Queen Elizabeth II choose the Coronation Chicken, this is a classic British dish created for her coronation in 1953, featuring chicken in a creamy curry dressing with raisins and almonds.

Coronation Quiche 


  • 125ml milk
  • 175ml double cream
  • 2 medium eggs 
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon 
  • 100g cheddar grated
  • 180g cooked spinach liquid squeezed out and lightly chopped
  • 60g cooked broad beans
  • 250g block of ready-made shortcrust pastry


  1. Put a 20cm loose-bottomed tart tin or a 20cm pastry ring on a baking sheet. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the pastry to a circle a little larger than the top of the tin and approximately 5mm thick. 
  2. Carefully lift the pastry into the tin and gently press into the corners, taking care not to have any holes or the mixture could leak. Cover and rest for a further 30 mins in the fridge. 
  3. Heat oven to 170C
  4. Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper – to do this cut a disc of greaseproof paper larger than the tin, scrunch it into a ball (this makes it more pliable), then unwrap and place it in the pastry case. It should come above the sides. 
  5. Fill with baking beans or uncooked rice and bake blind for 20-25 until nicely golden and dry. 
  6. Carefully remove the greaseproof paper and baking beans, and return to the oven for 5 mins to dry the base. 
  7. Reduce the oven temperature to 140c
  8. Beat the milk, cream, eggs and herbs with some seasoning. 
  9. Scatter half of the grated cheese in the blind-baked base, top with the chopped spinach and beans, then pour over the liquid mixture. 
  10. If required, gently give the mixture a delicate stir to ensure the filling is evenly dispersed, but be careful not to damage the pastry case. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese. 
  11. Place into the oven and bake for 20-30 mins until set and very lightly golden.

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