We’ve gone Ooh la, la this week – as it’s this time of year that many of us Brits prepare to pack up our cases and head off for a holiday in France. If you have the opportunity to try out some of the delicious savoury cake whilst you are there and you would like to experience living like a local then you the traditional way to serve up this tasty treat is by having it as an aperitif – just cut it into small slices and enjoy it with a cool glass of wine or beer, or take out on a picnic.
There are all types of savoury cakes recipes; they can be filled with courgettes, sun dried tomatoes, ham and olives, the choice is endless, and they are a great way to use up seasonal veggies. So here are our favourite picks of the classic French savoury cake:
Olive and Ham cake – this is a classic French Cake recipe:
You will need:
150ml olive oil, plus a little extra for greasing the tin
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp picked fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
100g parmesan, coarsely grated
180g cooked ham, roughly chopped
130g green olives, stoned and roughly chopped
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Just mix all of the above, adding the olives and ham last, place into a lined, medium sized loaf tin and cook on 190c for around 45 minutes, you might have to protect the top from burning by placing some foil over the top.
Sundried tomato loaf - this is one of Nigella’s recipes http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/mozzarella-and-sundried-tomato-savoury-loaf-cake-667
You will need:
250 grams plain flour
baking powder (half a sachet - approximately a teaspoon and a half)
100 ml milk (or cream or white wine - any liquid really)
100 ml oil (olive or half olive oil, half vegetable oil)
2 balls mozzarella (diced)
8 sundried tomatoes (in oil - patted in a piece of kitchen roll)
1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence (or 200g pitted green olives)
150 grams bacon lardons (fried)
150 grams Cheddar cheese (grated - or 200g diced feta cheese)
2 teaspoons dried basil
Preheat the oven at 200°C.
Mix the batter as you would a muffin one : Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones.
Then add your 'fancy' ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for about 45 mins and golden brown.
Let it cool before you slice it.