My mom told me a lot of not-so-true things while I was growing up.

When I was twelve she informed me that if I shaved my legs above my knees, the hair would grow back thicker and that my life would probably come to an end.

She persists in shrieking like a hyena every time she notices my hairless upper thighs. I’ve just started only wearing jeans around her.  For the sake of my eardrums.


When I was twenty four and a half she told me that chicken was a vegetable.

No comment.


And for my entire life she has tried to convince me that if I ate raw corn, I would get an incurable stomachache and would probably not live to see another 24 hours.

This summer I broke free from these cooked-corn-shackles when I realized that raw sweet corn was kind of the best thing that had ever happened to me and decided that from here on out, if an ear of corn isn’t sweet enough to be eaten raw then it’s not allowed to take up any precious real estate in my fridge.

The only way to test for raw sweetness is to take a big old bite out of each ear you think you might purchase while standing in front of the corn display in the supermarket.  And throw the ones back that are just not up to par.

It may not be exactly hygienic.  But damn is it ever effective.


This quiche is the only way I’ve actually ingested cooked corn all summer, but I still made sure the ears I used passed the raw sweet test before they crossed the threshold into my apartment.    As a result, the filling is addictively sweet and perfectly complimented by the tabasco that is mixed in to both the pie crust and the filling.  I should also note that the crust is made from a mix of teff flour (most commonly used in Ethiopian injera) and whole wheat pastry flour.  As a result, it is not as buttery and flaky as a traditional quiche or pie crust but is a bit darker and nuttier.  I was on the fence about it when I nibbled on the overhang pieces as I lined the pie plate, but next to the fluffy sweet filling of the quiche it really is quite delicious.

(Just, um.  If anyone asks…I didn’t tell you about that raw sweet corn test thing.  Especially not if “anyone” is your mother.  Deal?)

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Corn Quiche in a Tef Crust
Serves 5-6, adapted from 101 Cookbooks 


  • 1 cup teff flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • tabasco sauce, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup almond milk (or regular milk or soy milk)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded fontina
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Put the tef, whole wheat pastry flour and 1/4 tsp salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.  Cut the butter into chunks.  Add it to the flour mixture and pulse to form a crumbly meal.  Season water with tabasco and pulse into flour mixture to make a pliable dough.  With your hands, form dough into a flat disk.  Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes, but no more. Roll out between 2 sheets of wax paper to an 11-inch circle.  Line a 9-inch pie plate with it.
  2. Combine the corn and milk in a blender, or use an immersion blender, and blend until smooth.  Add the eggs, more tabasco and more salt and blend just to mix.
  3. Sprinkle all but 2 tbsp cheese on the pie crust.  Pour in the corn mixture.  Sprinkle scallions, green bell peppers, and remaining cheese over surface.  Cut tomatoes into thin slices and arrange on top of pie as desired.  Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

I am submitting this to Meatless Mondays hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory!


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79 Responses to Corn Quiche in a Teff Crust

  1. Yep, as the daughter of a corn farmer. I grew up gnawing on raw corn and I can say it is heavenly! Teff crust? That was a total shock? It looks great but I had never heard of it before until just now. I can only imagine how great this quiche is. My dad would love it!

  2. First time I am hearing of teff, sounds almost like teflon but we shouldn’t eat that, even your mum will tell you that:)

    Taste test approach is good, if you pick one tell the checkout person that someone ate part of it and ask for a discount since its second hand corn

  3. girlichef says:

    I wouldn’t even know where to find Teff flour!? But I admit, this looks fabulous, and I may have to hunt some down. 😉

  4. Beautiful! This quiche must be really scrumptious. I wish I could find teff flour here…



  5. I never thought to use corn in a quiche, that will change, it looks fantastic. Your mom must know my mom. Mine also said if you pull a gray hair two will grow back!

  6. Lora says:

    Teff flour? Never heard of it but love it already. The quiche looks amazing. Yay for sweet corn as well.

  7. I’ve never had teff flour before and I’ve never had raw corn… but I like the way you select your produce:-) Another delicious recipe!

  8. I love that you used teff for this crust. I’ve only eaten it in Ethiopian food but would love to experiment with it more once I have a kitchen again. 🙂 My rellies lived in Ethiopia for years and have been sharing their recipes with me. SO good. 🙂

  9. I felt really dumb when I realized I didn’t have to cook my corn from the cob, either! Who would have thunk and yes, it is mighty tasty, as is! 🙂

    You have teff flour… does that mean we will have an injera post? I bought some teff flour but have yet to make injera! It is on my to-do list. 🙂

  10. Patsy says:

    I’ve never even heard of teff flour before… Love the corn taste test… not sure my local stores would approve, but that would guarantee that only the best made it into my bag! 🙂

  11. Joanne says:

    There are about 5 different farmstands close by to my house, but each year, the same one has the very sweetest corn. There’s nothing like it, and once I have it, I’m loyal to the end of the corn season.

  12. This looks great for morning, day or night! I had never heard of teff flour but it sounds right up my ally. Wonder if chickpea flour might work well here too…

  13. Amy says:

    Shut up!! My mom told me about the shaving-above-the-knee-life-ending-worlds-colliding-fiasco too! What was that all about?

    Now the raw corn thing – just the other day I was looking at salad recipes (yes, salads – it’s still HOT where I am) – and there was one that call for raw corn. I thought it was a typo. Apparently not! Who knew?

    That quiche looks fan-friggin-tastic.

  14. sally says:

    I’ve never used teff flour before, but I am intrigued by this crust.

  15. elly says:

    This looks insanely good. I’ve never tried teff flour before so I’ll have to give it a whirl. My mom told me the same thing about shaving. 🙂

  16. OohLookBel says:

    I really want to make this quiche but am hesitant about taking bites out of random corns at the market. Hope that canned corn will do instead.

  17. bellini says:

    I could eat raw corn and have when I remove it from the husk, I even ate raw potato as a kid and yes I am still alive to tell the tale:D

  18. MM says:

    My mom used to tell me that if I drank milk while eating fish, I’d get sick. Everyone knows that fish live in water, not milk.

    Teff flour could never be found here, but I’d like to try the filling. Especially since you mentioned hot sauce.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I love the color of the sungold tomatoes on top

  20. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Quiche with fresh corn kernels! This is more delicacy with fresh corn in my treasure.

  21. Xiaolu says:

    Totally intrigued by the teff crust. I have some left, too. Great combination of flavors!

  22. Jeanette says:

    I’ve taken bites of raw corn during the summer, but I have to say, I still prefer it just slightly parboiled. Would love to try this crust – I’ve been sitting on a bag of teff flour and need to do something with it!

  23. Ranjani says:

    this looks so good! I have been buying fresh corn like crazy, especially once I discovered that it could be eaten raw!

  24. Candace says:

    Your mom must have gone to the same “mom school” as my mom…even though I’m pretty sure that your mom is my age and not as old as my mom…which is odd that she would still be perpetuating those particular things. Thanks for not listening to her about the corn and the shaving! 🙂

    Your quiche looks amazing. I’m not sure about Teff and living in rural NH so I may have to adjust the crust…but I’m totally convinced about the sweet corn in a quiche. Pinning it!

  25. Megan says:

    I love raw corn. Can’t say I’ve ever done that raw corn test though! I also love quiche, and this one looks beautiful!

  26. Deborah says:

    I was taking some photos one day of raw corn on the cob, and my daughter came up, stole one, and commenced to eat the entire thing. I think you would like her!!

  27. Alisa says:

    You are too funny. Now I’m not sure if I’ve ever had raw corn. May have to test this week.

    My mom used to say the same thing about shaving. Weird.

  28. Miriam says:

    That quiche is amazing! And I like your way to testing corn :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  29. Shannon says:

    I only recently experienced injera and therefore teff flour… I like it!

    This quiche looks so rustic and sweet corn is possibly one of the best things on Earth. So, well done!

  30. Tasha says:

    Okay, well I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who had a mom with that weird shaving above the knee business.

    This quiche is one of the most exciting uses for corn I’ve seen lately!

  31. Dana says:

    OK wow. Yum. I love raw corn shaved into a salad. Totally with you. I recently boycotted one of the farmers at my market because he had a sign up that said “You open, you buy” in front of the corn. So he would probably have you arrested if you took a bite. 🙂

  32. Hah! My mom never shaved above her knees either . . . though she never told me any myths about it, I also stop at the knees, and to this day I’m not quite sure why.

  33. Claudie says:

    LOL! My mother used to tell me that about any kind of hair — whether below or above the knee. She insisted you must epilate, not shave. It’s a good thing our mothers turned out wrong though, don’t you think? 🙂

    Your quiche looks lovely and colorful! 🙂

  34. My mom told me all kinds of myths when I was a kid. She owns up to all of them now and says, “What can I say? I lied to you. I’m a terrible mother.” We still tease her about some of them. Luckily, she never told me that eating raw corn would kill my stomach, which is fortunate because it really is awesome. This quiche would be an acceptable alternative to raw corn.

  35. Danielle says:

    This sounds great – I wonder if could find teff around here. I had a box a while ago when hubby and I attempted injera – I need to try that again too.

  36. Another fantastic recipe to try out though I never heard about teff flour before….

  37. Pam says:

    You never fail to make me smile. This quiche looks lovely. I’ve never had teff flour before.

  38. Growing up, we ate everything raw right out of the garden. My mother used to tell us that our granddad used to eat potatoes raw with a little salt, kind of like an apple. I can vouch that the potato thing is very good(tried it) but the corn thing is delicious. Great looking quiche and I like that you stepped away from the traditional butter flake crust!

  39. My mother always told me that if I eat cherries, and drink water that it would leave a hole in my stomach. I believed her! As for sweet corn, I love it. Gorgeous quiche, and I love those sungold tomatoes on top. I’m not big on crusts, but I’d eat this crustless. No problemo.

  40. Shannon says:

    hehe, i love your sweet corn test 🙂

  41. Shannon says:

    this sounds awesome, by the way. i have what will probably be my last few ears in the fridge… corn soup or corn quiche???

  42. LOL about the shaving. This quiche looks great!

  43. That Girl says:

    Secret: I stopped shaving above the knees after I realized I don’t have any hair on my thighs!

  44. Faith says:

    Too funny…my mom told me the same thing about raw corn, lol! I’m definitely going to try it now though…your quiche is gorgeous!

  45. tigerfish says:

    Oops, I thought you are marking your “tuff” on that? Trespassers in the teff crust will be….:O

  46. ~Bee says:

    Ohhh delicious! My secret crust recipe in my quiche is pilsbury crescent rolls. Not healthy by any means, but certainly tasty 🙂

  47. I couldn’t agree more – and yes, raw corn has changed my life, too.



  48. Juliana says:

    Joanne, never heard of Teff flour…the quiche looks awesome…love it for anytime of the day. Never had raw corn…have ton try it out 🙂
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

  49. Oh looks great! And I bet the teff flour was wonderful in this! Delicious!

    …how are you not 500 pounds…?

  50. Mary says:

    This looks beautiful and delicious. My best friend has been after me to try teff for almost a year now. I keep forgetting! (Honestly, I swear it’s just not something I remember when I am at the right stores!) I’m putting it back on the list right now. This has inspired me to look for it again. Thanks!

  51. I have not used teff flour before. Thanks for sharing another great recipe. I always learn something reading your blog, Joanne.

  52. There is nothing I don’t love about this quiche.

  53. That crust sounds great and much healthier than normal crust. Def going to try the sweet corn test. Dont worry, I wont tell my mum

  54. Reeni says:

    Corn and fontina sound like a match made in heaven! I must live in a cave cause I haven’t the slightest idea what teff is. The crust looks flaky and delicious though so it must be some good stuff.

  55. Hmmm…well that’s an interesting way to buy corn. My mother would definitely not approve. I sold veggies for years and years, and I can pretty reliably pick up an ear of corn and tell the quality. It helps when you know where the corn comes from though. That’s an awesome quiche. I’ve never used teff, and I’m not sure I would even know where to get it (other than online) but I’m game to try it! 🙂

  56. yum! and i need to stop telling my son that if he doesn’t drink his water, doc uncle is gonna give him an injection…

  57. Johanna GGG says:

    never use teff but I want that quiche – and I agree that raw corn is delicious – we eat a lot of it in salads over the summer and sylvia is already loving it raw – more than cooked actually – your mum really needs to try some – sneak it into a salad and her life will be transformed (but don’t tell her I said so)

  58. Nicole, RD says:

    Silly mom! I love raw sweet corn, too. This looks delicious, girl! I have to make it a point to get some of the last great ears of corn this summer. Almost gone 🙁

  59. Gloria says:

    I love this plate, look delicious!! gloria

  60. Sarah Caron says:

    What is it with moms and untruths? It took me years to get over when my mom told me eggplant was chicken. YEARS. Anyway, this looks incredible. YUM

  61. Katelyn says:

    This looks really good. The injera comment threw me off for a minute, but I remembered the teff is fermented first, which gives injera its slightly sour taste. If I can’t find Teff, what would be a good substitute?

  62. Julie says:

    i LOVE quiche! haha i feel like its so jewish in that delicious way hahahaha is that wrong to say? its just always everywhere on li and i love it! although i think cooked corn has a funky texture but can’t say i hate it haha

  63. I’ve never heard of teff flour. You use the most interesting ingredients in your cooking, Joanne! My mother always told me ‘You don’t get it from strangers’. I was horrified.

  64. Karen says:

    I had to come here to learn was teff flour was! I’ve seen people partially shuck ears of corn and stick their fingernail into it. If it squirts back, it’s good. Ewww!

  65. Kelly says:

    Joanne, what a *gorgeous* quiche… I love that you used teff for the crust. Ancient grains are my favourite – you just can’t beat the texture and taste (not to mention the nutrient content!). Wonderful.

  66. Nicole says:

    Talk about delicious!! I got the same it will grow back thicker and never go away thing!
    Teff flour sounds interesting… i’ll probably be a heathan and make your recipe with regular!

  67. Julie says:

    Love learning something new everyday!!! I’ve never heard of teff flour. Very interesting. Being from the Midwest, we eat raw corn! 🙂

  68. I think we need to come to your house and eat!! This just looks awesome!!

  69. Veronica says:

    My friend is the one who told me about not shaving above the knee. What is up with that, anyway? I love me some raw corn, but PLEASE tell me you are joking about taking bites of corn before purchasing. Do you just put the discarded ones back on the pile for someone else to buy??? Don’t the farmers stop you??? I’m kinda freaking out over here! LOL! (I love your Mom, BTW.)

  70. Monet says:

    Smile. My mom told me the same thing about shaving. This looks so delicious. I’ve been loving fresh corn lately. Thanks for sharing, sweet girl. I hope you are having a beautiful and bountiful week! Hugs from Austin!

  71. Two new things for me to try – I have never tried eating raw corn and I have never tried teff flour. Two things I’m now inspired to change. My mother used to tell me that about shaving my thighs too!!
    Sue xo

  72. Cara says:

    “You’re a vegetarian? I’ll make you lamb.”

    Cracks me up every time 🙂

  73. grace says:

    i don’t know the first thing about teff flour, but i know fresh corn very, very well. this is quite a tasty creation, joanne!

  74. I need to cook with teff flour–It is something I have yet to do. The kuhuku corn I get here is so sweet that it would be a crime to cook it–except for things like this quiche. 😉

  75. Chris says:

    Did mom also tell you that if you swallowed watermelon seeds that you’ll get pregnant? That’s a great mom line.

    This quiche looks to die for. I was going to make it but when I went to the store, all of the fresh corn ears had these weird bite marks in them, every one. Odd, huh?

  76. There isn’t a thing not to love about this quiche! I’ve yet to try teff but this crust sounds so good.

  77. Anonymous says:

    I love this kind of quiche. But it’s so hard to find time to cook in between boning my girlfriend and school.

  78. ivy says:

    this was so good, i did not puree corn, used pecorino romano, chives instead of scallions and an orange pepper, so yummy!

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