French Food Friday...cake aux olives et jambon

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

One of the things that I first noticed when I came to France was that the French like to make savoury type cakes and serve them with drinks.

There are various types and most look like they are made using a loaf tin with some contained smoked salmon and others olives etc.

This is a recipe that I stumbled across on a fabulous blog about living tastefully.

  adapted recipe from PARIS BOULANGERIE PATISSERIE by Linda Dannenberg

• 2 cups, less 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 cup dry white wine
• 1/2 cup dry vermouth
• 4 large eggs, beaten
• 7/8 cup mild-flavored olive oil
• 1 1/2 cups finely diced cooked ham
• 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese
• 1 1/4 cups green olives, pitted and chopped coarse

1.  Sift the flour with the baking powder into a large mixing bowl.  Make a well in the center; add the wine, vermouth, and eggs.  Mix gently just until combined.  Add the olive oil, a little at a time, mixing until the batter is smooth.  Add the ham, cheese and olives, and using a rubber spatula, mix just until incorporated.
2.  Grease an 8-inch-by-4-inch loaf pan; pour in the batter.  Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a skewer inserted to the bottom of the cake comes out clean.  I found I needed to bake my cake much longer than the recipe specified. The original recipe calls for 55 minutes.  I baked my cake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. It's a dense cake. If browning too much towards the end of baking, cover with foil.
3.  Cool on a wire rack; then invert onto the rack and cool completely.  If desired, slice the loaf and broil the slices briefly to toast.
très bon vendredi à tous, Leeann x


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