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Labor Weekend Picnic : Olive, Ham and Cheese Loaf Bread

Olive and Cheese loaf cake

Olive and Cheese loaf cake

This savory loaf bread is called : “Cake sale” in France. Yes we call it “Cake” an English word… In this recipe I used a mix of Black and Green olives, gruyere/ mozzarella grated cheese. But you can use any other fillings you like : cooked chicken, tomato, zucchini, mushroom, bacon…endless possibilities.
Once you try it you will adopt it, it will become a staple in your own kitchen and cooking repertoire.

This savory cake is in my Cookbook : Pack a lunch -Cooking with Trader Joe’s serie cookbook-
It can be eaten as a main dish, hot, with a salad on the salad. Or cold, cubed, for Aperitif and drinks. Also great for picnic, potluck… Well wrapped you can keep it for a few days in the fridge. You can also reheat it in the oven on chilly day and use it as a bread or tartine with a soup. I spread it with some hummus or goat cheese. I cut in small pieces and place in my kids’ lunchbox.

Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread

Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread

Lovely Olive Loaf : Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread Recipe
prep time 15 minutes
Hands-on cooking 45 minutes + 6 minutes for the ham
Serves 8

1/2 lb applewood cured ham steak
3 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup warm milk – 2%
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese
1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
1/2 cup chopped pitted black olives or Kalamata olives
1 dash fresh black pepper

Preheat oven to 350F
Cook ham steak as per package instructions and cut in 1/2 inch cubes.
In a bowl, beat eggs, and then add flour and baking powder. Add milk and olive oil, a little at a time, whisking until smooth. Mix in ham, cheese, olives and pepper.
Pour mixture into an oiled floured standard loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a knife instered in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes and cut into serving slices.

Note: I like to add some spreadable cheese on my slices… yum.

Bon Apetit !

Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread

Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread

Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread

Olive and Cheese Loaf Bread

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