Coronation quiche: How much does it cost to make?

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Earlier this week, the Royal Family shared a recipe in honour of the upcoming King’s Coronation: the rather disappointing Coronation quiche.

Posts from the Royal social media state that the recipe is “Easily adapted to different tastes and preferences”.

This is a bit ironic as immediately I can spot four major allergens: wheat, milk, eggs and soya. The recipe also calls for lard, which is made from pork fat, making it not vegetarian, Halal or Kosher.

Yes, I know ingredients can substituted out, but this is likely to increase the cost. Gluten free flour, for example, is 2.1 times more expensive on average. Free from substitutions are also likely to alter the texture of dishes.

Food influencers and home cooks are already debating the merits of the dish – it surely can’t live up to Coronation chicken – but how much will the recommended ingredients set you back?

I set off to my local Lidl (the superior supermarket) to find out.

Coronation quiche ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 125g plain flour (79p for 1.5kg)
  • Pinch of salt (I assume most homes have this already)
  • 25g cold butter, diced (£1.99 for 250g)
  • 25g lard (50p for 250g)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (95p for 1L)
Image credit: Freya Deyell

That’s a total of £4.23.

Alternatively, the recipe states you can use a 250g block of ready-made shortcrust pastry. We found 375g for £1.09 in Lidl.

For the filling:

  • 125ml milk (as above)
  • 175ml double cream (£1.19 for 300ml)
  • 2 medium eggs (£1.29 for 6)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon (Not in Lidl but other fresh herbs 50-60p)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese (£2.79 for 400g)
  • 180g cooked spinach, lightly chopped (85p for 240g)
  • 60g cooked broad beans or soya beans (Not in Lidl but found 240g butter beans for 63p)
Image credit: Freya Deyell

Including our substitutions, the total was £7.30.

Overall cost

So, the final total was £9.34 with premade pastry or £11.53 to make your own. Its important to note that you would have a lot of leftover ingredients that could be used for something else.

Unsurprisingly, Lidl does not stock fresh tarragon. This is a bit of a weird choice from the chef in my opinion – I can’t say I’ve ever noticed it in any supermarket before, and the flavour is divisive to say the least.

Neither could I find broad or soya beans. The closest I could get was some tinned butter beans.

All in all, its hardly the most cost-effective recipe and doesn’t have very accessible ingredients. I certainly won’t be making it anytime soon.

Feature Image Credit: The Royal Family

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