Lactose-free quiche

Lactose-free quiche

1 h
A lactose-free quiche is perfect as an easy dinner, lunch, or picnic for everyone to take part in. As it is rich, it cannot be called a light meal. However, for freshness and a lighter feel our lactose-free quiche Lorraine recipe uses lactose-free sour cream instead of the more traditional cream. It is filled with the savoury goodness of smoked ham and cheese and is flavoured with Herbes de Provence.


Pastry crust
  • Cut butter into small cubes and crumble it into the flour. Add salt and water and quickly mix it well.
  • Press the dough into a greased baking tin (22 cm diameter, preferably a springform) in an even layer.
  • Cover the baking tin and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C (top & bottom heat).
  • Use a fork to poke holes in the bottom of the crust and bake it for about 10 minutes.
  • Spread diced ham over the pre-baked crust.
  • Beat eggs, sour cream, flour, and herbs and spread the mixture over the ham. Sprinkle grated cheese over the filling.
  • Bake the lactose-free quiche in the middle of the oven until the cheese has melted and the filling is cooked. This takes about 40 minutes.
  • Serve the lactose-free quiche Lorraine warm.

The safest way to get a delicate shortcrust pastry is to use cold butter as it helps ensure a flaky and tender crust. When the butter is cold, it stays in small chunks when mixed with flour. As the dough is rolled out and shaped, these small pieces of fat create pockets of air that expand during baking, resulting in a flaky texture. Additionally, when cold butter is crumbled into the flour, it creates a crumbly, grated cheese-like texture that can easily be mixed with water to form a cohesive dough.

Questions about lactose-free quiche

We believe that our recipe for lactose-free quiche Lorraine is sure to be a hit with you and yours. To learn more, read the answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is quiche Lorraine?
Quiche Lorraine is a classic French savoury pie made with a shortcrust pastry crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, and diced bacon or ham. The dish is believed to have originated in the Lorraine region of France and has since become popular around the world. The filling is typically flavoured with herbs and spices such as nutmeg, black pepper, and thyme, and sometimes cheese is added as well. Quiche Lorraine is often served as a light meal or snack and can be enjoyed warm or cold.
Can you make quiche with lactose-free milk?
Yes, you can use lactose-free milk. Usually, the filling in quiches is made with either cream or sour cream, however, it is possible to use other dairy products such as milk or cottage cheese. To make a lactose-free quiche, simply replace these dairy products with lactose-free versions.
​​How long does lactose-free quiche last?
Lactose-free quiche can typically last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator if stored properly. If you wrap it tightly with cling film or foil or keep it in an airtight container, it will help to maintain its freshness. You can also freeze quiche for longer storage. Just make sure to wrap it well to prevent freezer burn, and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.


Pastry crust
Lactose-free butter
100 g
Wheat flour
175 g
1½ tbsp
½ tsp
Arla® LactoFREE Cheddar, grated
100 g
Lactose-free sour cream
200 ml
Smoked ham, diced
150 g
Wheat flour
2½ tbsp
Herbes de provence
2 tsp

Savour a lactose-free quiche with ham and cheese

A delicious lactose-free quiche has a savoury, rich, and creamy taste and a delicate, flaky pastry crust. The combination of tender filling and crisp shortcrust pastry makes for a wonderful eating experience. The hearty filling is enriched with eggs and freshened with sour cream to create a scrumptious pie that is perfectly balanced by the addition of salty ham and cheese.

The smokiness of the ham and the richness of the cheese is great with the dried herb blend, Herbes de Provence. This blend typically contains a mix of thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, and sometimes lavender. The overall taste of the blend is herbaceous, earthy, and slightly floral. It is complex and aromatic and works well with the other great flavours of this lactose-free quiche.

The French classic quiche Lorraine

This lactose-free quiche is not just a quiche, it is a lactose-free quiche Lorraine. This specific type takes its name from the French region from which it originates. Unlike other types of savoury pies, a quiche Lorraine has a thinner, more delicate crust made from shortcrust pastry and has a filling that is typically made from a mixture of eggs and cream, milk or sour cream as well as various ingredients such as cheese and ham or bacon. The filling usually has a custard-like texture. A lactose-free quiche Lorraine has all the great, well-known flavours of the French classic just without the lactose, so everyone gets to enjoy the deliciousness.

Free from lactose but full of flavour and deliciousness

Making a lactose-free quiche is just as easy as making a regular one. It only requires you to choose lactose-free cheese as well as lactose-free sour cream and butter. The result is a quiche that does not require you to compromise on either taste or texture but invites everyone to enjoy a piece.

In case you are looking for more great recipes to serve friends and family, we suggest our lactose-free lasagne, lactose-free spaghetti carbonara, or white pizza without lactose.

Add or replace ingredients to make it your own

There are many ways to experiment with the overall flavour profile of this quiche. For example, try using prosciutto, chorizo, or smoked salmon instead of smoked ham. To give the meal a more salty, spicy, or rich flavour. While it will no longer be a classic quiche Lorraine, it will still be delicious beyond compare.

Another option is to use additional ingredients in the filling. Some good vegetable options include spinach, which pairs nicely with eggs and cheese, mushrooms, which enhance the umami flavour of the ham, tomatoes, which add a bright, acidic note, and onions that add a sweet, caramelised flavour and pair well with cheese and herbs. If you want to add some crunch, you can include chopped nuts like walnuts or pine nuts on your list of ingredients.

Finally, you can mix up the seasoning. Add fresh herbs like thyme, chives, or parsley to the filling to give it an extra burst of flavour. Or use nutmeg and black pepper to enhance its depth and give it a wonderful warmth.