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DIY Doll Brunch Quiche + Recipe - Summer On The Farm 2019

Welcome back to Aunt Maggie's kitchen! We've been preparing our dolls for the upcoming farm feast by cooking some delicious dishes. Are you ready to add another item to the menu?



Today we'll be whipping up one of the most-loved brunch meals— a savory quiche! Warm, delicate, and filled with pleasant flavors, the quiche is has been a favorite of chefs and critics alike for many years.



Savory Brunch Quiche

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6 - 8



Ingredients:

  • Two deep dish pie crusts (Pre-made or home-baked)

  • 1 pack of 16 oz Sausage

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup of half and half

  • 2 cups of chopped spinach

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

  • 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg (the secret ingredient!)


Preheat oven to 350° F. Sauté spinach in a pan with a bit of of butter (1/2 tablespoon). Drain excess juice over sink. Allow sausage to defrost, then brown in a frying pan until fully cooked and drain excess grease. In a medium bowl, add the specified amount of eggs, half and half, whipping cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly. Add the specified amount of cheese to the mixture. Add sausage and spinach into the bowl, then lightly stir to ensure that all contents are distributed evenly throughout. Carefully pour the quiche filling into your pie crust. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.


Now it's your doll's turn in the kitchen! Gather your materials for today's cooking-inspired craft.


Materials:

  • Tan, green, and soft yellow Sculpey clay

  • Plastic fork and knife

  • Small brown beads

  • Parchment paper

  • School glue

  • Orange paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Plastic cup OR any other circular object that will be the same size as your quiche

  • Tinfoil

  • Oven


Before working with clay, it’s always important to cover your workspace. Spread parchment paper across the area you’re working in to prevent any stains from the clay.



1. Begin by rolling your tan clay into a ball. Next, press the clay onto your workspace to create a flattened circle. Use a rolling pin or small marker to roll the clay until it becomes very flat. My base is about 4 mm thick



2. Using the bottom of your plastic cup, gently stamp it onto the flattened clay. Remove the cup and following the circle pattern, carefully cut the quiche with a plastic knife.



3. Put the base aside. Then take another medium-sized ball of tan clay and roll it between your hands to create a long tube shape. With the clay on your work surface, roll the tube flat with a marker or rolling pin.




4. Wrap the crust around your quiche and trim any excess. Use your fingertips to press the crust to the base.



5. Roll yellow clay into a ball and press in flat on your work surface. Once again, roll the clay flat, but leave it slightly thick (1/4 of an inch). Press the bottom of the cup onto the clay and cut out the circle. This will be the filling inside the quiche. Insert the yellow circle into the quiche and press firmly to attach it to the crust. If your filling doesn’t fit inside the first time, no worries! Simply trim the edges and insert it again.



6. To make spinach for the quiche, roll out green clay until it is very thin. Use your plastic knife to cut leaf shapes out of the clay. Press the leaves into the yellow filling of your quiche. Pinch off small bits of green clay, then gently smear them across the filling to appear as spinach already baked in the quiche.



7. Press multiple brown beads in the filling to resemble sausage. Now that the filling is complete, add texture to the pie crust by gently stamping the end of a fork onto the sides and top of the crust.



8. Crumple a ball of tinfoil until it become wrinkles and full of creases. You can use this to stamp across the quiche for some “baked” texture. Your dolls will want to taste a slice of quiche, so carefully cut a triangle out of the quiche. It should be able to fit back in the quiche after baking. *Crafter's Tip: Repeat Step 9 on the sides of your slice, as well as where the slice was cut from the quiche. This will make it very realistic!


9. Bake the clay quiche in the oven at 275° for 20 minutes or until hard. Remember, always have adult supervision when working in the kitchen!



10. After the clay quiche has completely cooled, mix in a very small amount of orange or brown paint with school glue. Lightly brush the mixture various spots in the quiche and on the edges and sides of the crust to create shading. Let the glue dry, and your dolls are ready to serve up a fabulous brunch quiche!


Penney’s Farm Journals

Entry #5


Dear Granny,


Aunt Maggie says she got her love of cooking from you— and I can see why! I always wondered how someone could love creating a meal, only to have it devoured in seconds by hungry family members. But you’ve passed down some words of wisdom to Aunt Maggie, and today she shared those thoughts with Blaire and me…



I took a deep breath as Blaire and I entered a soft blue room. Ahhhhh! We were greeted by the scent of freshly baked bread, morning coffee, and home-grown veggies that blended together in a beautiful aroma.


“I know, right?” Blaire stopped beside me and inhaled deeply. “Best smell in the whole world.”


I knew at once where we would be spending our day— Aunt Maggie’s kitchen! Though Blaire hadn’t told me exactly what our task was (which I hoped was testing Aunt M’s mouth-watering desserts!), everything seemed… well, smelled, like we were off to a good start.


“Good morning, girls!” Aunt Maggie set down her mug of coffee and smiled. Her strawberry blonde hair was whisked up in a neat bun, and a floral apron was tied loosely around her waist. She gestured around the room and said, “Welcome to the Pleasant View Farms kitchen, where I’m always cooking up creativity.”


“And sometimes a few messes…” Blaire giggled playfully. Aunt Maggie grinned and swiped at Blaire with a wooden spoon. Blaire squealed and retreated behind me, eyes sparkling.


“So, Aunt Maggie,” I asked obediently, ready to get down to business. “What are we doing today?”



My aunt reached in one of the kitchen’s many drawers and tossed us each an apron.


“You two are just in time to help me out with something. I suppose Blaire hasn’t mentioned to you why you’ll be working in the kitchen for a couple days, but you see…”


Aunt Maggie leaned in close, though no one else was around to hear.


“The end of this month will mark nearly fifty years since the opening of Pleasant View Farms. It’s been passed down in the family for generations, and now that your Uncle Ben and I own the place, we want to do something extra special for the occasion.”



Aunt Maggie leaned back, a bright smiled spread across her face, and pointed toward Blaire and me. “That’s why I need you two to help me out with the most important part— the grand farm feast!”


Oh my. This certainly sounded like a challenge. I had helped Mom out in the kitchen at home several times before, but a whole feast?! And for who knows how many people!


Blaire, noticing the slight crinkle of doubt on my face, leaned over and whispered, “Don’t worry, it’s not as huge as it seems.”


I tied my apron and tried to push down my doubts. A true farm girl wouldn’t let a job scare her, even if it was outside her comfort zone. I couldn’t shy away from a chore now! Not after how far I’d come.



Once everyone had been outfitted for kitchen work, Aunt Maggie scanned her list of all the dishes that needed to be prepared. “Alright, Blaire and I already made the garden salad and stuffed eggs… and I still haven’t figured out what we’re baking for dessert yet, so I guess that leaves us the with the brunch quiche. Well then, Let’s get cooking!”


And cook we did. Blaire was busy whisking a bowl of eggs, I measured out various ingredients, and Aunt Maggie rolled out a pie crust. And so this continued for some time— the mixing, measuring, and rolling. I was so focused on adding the right amount of salt and pepper that I nearly didn’t hear when Aunt Maggie spoke up.



“You know,” she said warmly, as she dusted the dough with flour. “There are so many things to love about working in the kitchen.”


‘I beg to differ, Aunt Maggie!’ was the first thought in my head. Instead, I nodded politely and Blaire asked, “Like what?”


Aunt Maggie looked down again as she spoke, gently pushing the rolling pin back and forth, back and forth.


“I especially enjoy the memories we’ve made here. Your Granny cooked here with her mother as a girl, then I worked alongside her when I was young. Now I get to create meals with you and Penney.”



Blaire laughed suddenly, recalling an old memory of her own. “I remember the time I put salt in Granny’s birthday cake instead of sugar. What a day that was!”

Aunt Maggie and Blaire both chuckled at the thought. Even I giggled a little.


“What else do you love, Mom?”


Aunt Maggie’s forehead creased in thought. “Hmm… I’d also say I like preparing delicious food for my family and friends.”



“But why?” I blurted out. “I mean, um, sorry. It’s just… it’s all gone when the meal’s over. Why do you like cooking something beautiful only to have it eaten later?”


At that, Aunt Maggie laughed heartily again. “Well, I guess that’s a unique way to look at things, Penney.” She stopped her work on the pie crust, her eyes filling with light as she spoke.


“But food is meant to be eaten, as Granny used to say. The reason I love making it is because each day I can create a dish knowing that my family enjoyed the plate of home-cooked food set before them; they leave content and happy. That’s not something easy to achieve, but when you do, the results of your labor are all worth it.”


For the rest of our time together in the kitchen, I thought long and hard about what Aunt Maggie had said. Cooking for others wasn’t just about mixing ingredients or baking to perfection. It was more than that. Something shifted inside of me, and I no longer saw my time in the kitchen as a chore, but rather a chance to get creative while enjoying the process.



At last the timer rang, and Aunt Maggie brought several quiches out from the oven.

Ohhhhh! It smells so good!” Blaire praised.


“Heavenly,” Aunt Maggie added with a wink.


Once the quiches had cooled, we each grabbed a fork as Aunt Maggie cut a slice from one. “Because a good chef always tastes her work… Just to make sure it’s good, of course.”


I scooped up a piece of quiche. Flavor soared and swirled inside me; each itty bitty bite was so delicious! I looked around and guessed that Aunt Maggie and Blaire thought so too. Licking our forks, we savored every last crumb of the slice.


It was then that I understood what Aunt Maggie had said. This was what cooking was really about— creating connections together— and I was thankful to be a part of it.




Farm Finds

  • Aunt Maggie's apron - Blaire's Gardening Accessories from American Girl

  • Blaire and Penney's apron - Retired item from American Girl

  • Rolling pin, dough, and kitchen utensils - American Girl Truly Me Kitchen


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