The coronation quiche was chosen by King Charles III and Queen Camilla as the signature dish of their coronation celebrations in May 2023.[1]

Coronation quiche
A coronation quiche
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Created byMark Flanagan
Main ingredientsEggs, herbs and cheese

The official website of the British royal family described the quiche as a "deep quiche with a crisp, light pastry case and delicate flavours of spinach, broad beans and fresh tarragon" and stated that it could be eaten either hot or cold. It was designed to be eaten during a communal lunch during the celebrations of the coronation.[2]

The dish was devised by the royal chef Mark Flanagan.[1] It was chosen for its versatility as it can be eaten either hot or cold, is easy and cost-effective to make and can be easily adapted to suit various dietary requirements.[1]

Recipe edit

The filling of the quiche

The recipe serves six people. The pastry is composed of flour, salt, butter, lard, and milk; the filling also includes milk, as well as double cream, eggs, tarragon, salt, pepper, cheddar, spinach, and broad or soya beans.[3][4]

Charles has previously expressed a fondness for egg dishes, especially scrambled eggs.[5]

Reception edit

Overall, reviewers found the quiche "surprisingly delicious"[6] and scored an average of 9/10 by some tasters.[7] However, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called the dish "disgusting".[8][9] Furthermore, broad beans are out of season in April (the month before Charles's coronation), and the pastry calls for lard (making it unsuitable for vegetarians, vegans, Jews, or Muslims), eggs were limited in 2023 due to bird flu, and buying ingredients could cost £14 during the 2020s cost of living crisis.[10] Nevertheless, supermarkets experienced a significant increase in quiche and party food in the run up to the coronation, and a £2.45 version of the quiche was available.[11]

Coronation tart edit

While Buckingham Palace named the dish a quiche, Évelyne Muller-Dervaux, the French grand master of the Brotherhood of the Quiche Lorraine (Confrérie de la Quiche Lorraine), said, "I think I would call it a savoury tart."[9] Laurent Miltgen-Delinchamp, member of the Brotherhood, said: "I think it would have anyway better reflected the British spirit if they had called it a tart."[9][12] The Daily Telegraph reported on claims that the quiche should instead have been called a flan.[13]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c "King Charles and Camilla choose coronation quiche as signature dish". The Guardian. 17 April 2023. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  2. ^ "The Coronation Quiche". British Royal Family. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  3. ^ Davies, Caroline (17 April 2023). "King Charles and Camilla choose coronation quiche as signature dish". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  4. ^ ITV. "Recipe: How to make the King and Queen Consort's 'Coronation Quiche'".
  5. ^ Hallemann, Caroline (4 December 2023). "Apparently, Prince Charles Really Loves Eggs". Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  6. ^ "'I made King Charles' Coronation Quiche and it's surprisingly delicious'". Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  7. ^ "'Does the Coronation Quiche feel like a special occasion dish? I have to say, not really'". MSN. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  8. ^ Low, Valentine. "A dish best served cold: Rees-Mogg's revenge on coronation quiche". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  9. ^ a b c "Quiche wars! Why the French have tart words for the official coronation dish". The Guardian. 3 May 2023. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  10. ^ Steafel, Eleanor (3 May 2023). "How the Coronation quiche managed to offend everyone". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  11. ^ Wood, Zoe (4 May 2023). "The 'coronation effect': UK high street shelves being cleared of quiche and fizz". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Couronnement de Charles III: la "quiche" servie au banquet mécontente les puristes de Lorraine" [Coronation of Charles III: the “quiche” served at the banquet displeases the purists of Lorraine]. Paris-Normandie [ fr] (in French). Agence France-Presse. 4 May 2023. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  13. ^ McTaggart, India; Stephens, Max (1 May 2023). "Coronation quiche is a tart, say French". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 May 2023.

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