A quiche pan is a dish you use to prepare quiches. It sounds cliché, and honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference between a quiche and a tart even if you told me. So, if I was looking for a quiche pan substitute, I wouldn’t need to think far.
In this article, I’m going to list a few options that I think would be the perfect alternatives in case you’re short of a pan on a Sunday afternoon.
Check out the recommended substitutes below and let me know if you think they are okay, also if they’re not okay.
Top 6 Substitutes for Quiche Pan
A substitute is always a substitute. It won’t make up for not having the pan specifically made for the job. Keeping that in mind, let’s see what our options are –
1. Tart Pan
I think you knew this would be my first choice. It wouldn’t be blasphemous to think that quiche can be made in a tart pan just as well as you would in a quiche pan. There is only one difference between the two.
Tart pans tend to be larger in diameter. And they also have upright sides as opposed to the sloped sides of a quiche dish.
If you’re looking to fill the pan with more filling than a typical quiche, a tart pan is your best bet. However, a quiche is usually thicker than a tart. So, you need to account for it by rethinking the thickness of the crust.
Unlike quiche dishes, a tart dish will always have a removable bottom, as they are sometimes made of a ceramic pan that doesn’t come with a removable bottom. To me, that is an advantage over a quiche pan.
2. Pie Pan
You may know it as a pie tin or a pie plate. A pie pan is always an automatic choice if you can’t find a quiche dish near you. Quiche puritans see it as blasphemy to cook a quiche in any other pan.
Despite that notion, in the US, most home cooks are more familiar with a pie pan than a quiche pan. It’s especially true since throwing in a fast filling onto a readymade crust, and pie plate is easy.
Before you cook a quiche in a pie pan, know that they’re a bit different. The first difference is in the design. A pie pan is usually smooth instead of a fluted design. And that is a big NO for many quiche enthusiasts.
There is a workaround for that. You can use your fingers to get those shapes on the sides.
While the end result doesn’t look as appealing as an authentic quiche, the taste and feeling stay almost the same.
Also read: 10 perfect alternative of pie pan.
3. Cake Pan
There’s no perfect substitute for a quiche pan. But if you’re one of those who prefer a deep quiche, I’d bet on a cake pan to serve well. It has long sides like quiche dishes, which means more filling and a respectable crust layer.
But it’s not all sunny over here since you can’t take it out of a cake pan in one piece. And cake pans do not have the design on the side. You’ll have to make do with hand-made designs.
4. Springform Pan
I’d prefer a springform pan as the only choice if only it had the fluted designs. Other than that, it’s the perfect alternative. With removable sides, you’re free to showcase the beautiful crust and a thick quiche that we all love.
According to the famous chef Thomas Keller, it’s the most appropriate pan to bake anything of that sort. We do a deep dive into springform pan substitute in our article on bake any dishes.
5. DIY Foil Tray
If you don’t have any of the above alternatives with you, do not worry, things aren’t so grim. As a DIY lover, my instinct jumps at the idea of making a DIY pan for making quiches. If you ask me, I’d claim it as the only option if you’re looking for a to-go traveling pan for a quiche.
When you’re going to a picnic with the family, what would you prefer? A disposable pan or a metal or ceramic quiche pan?
Having a foil tray pan will also relieve you from having to worry about carrying it on the journey back.
6. Brownie Pan
Can a quiche be round and still be called a quiche? We know what the puritans would say. It’s a casserole paired with a crust. But if you’re not hung up on the specific details (which doesn’t affect the taste whatsoever), technically, you can make a quiche in square pans like a brown pan.
I admit that it doesn’t really make sense as a quiche pan. Even though you get a deep quiche-like dish, you lose the outside texture, and there is no lift-out bottom. You wouldn’t expect it to be serviceable to the guests after a brunch. But if you don’t have the above options, this is your last resort.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can you use a glass dish for quiche?
You can use any ovenproof glass dish to create quiches. Make sure that the glass dish is also dishwater and freezer-safe.
2. Can you make quiche in a metal pan?
Some of the usual quiche pans are made of metal. So, nothing’s going to stop you from baking a quiche in a metal pan. Just make sure to line it with parchment paper if it doesn’t have a removable bottom.
3. Can I bake quiche in a Pyrex dish?
Pyrex is a type of glass specially made for baking pastries. It’s safe to use in microwave ovens, freezers, and dishwashers. It’s also made with the appropriate designs you need for a quiche.
4. Can you cook quiche in a foil tray?
Yes, you can prepare quiches in a foil tray. It’s perfect for traveling. Just make sure to use good-quality foil paper if you’re going to DIY it. Do not forget to recycle once you’re done with it.
What’s your best choice for a quiche pan substitute? Are you on the springform pan team, or do you prefer the tart pan for its larger base? Whatever you choose, you can get the same results as a quiche dish.
You just need to improvise in some parts, like using the fingers or forks to create the shape outside. Try different thicknesses of crusts to get the perfect bake.