My great friend Courtney lives in Paris, France with her husband and shares my joy of reading food blogs. She recently introduced me to a new blog, Lunch in Paris, by Elizabeth Bard. I immediately loved the site. Plus, I found out she also has a new book by the same title. When my mom let me recently borrow her Kindle, I knew instantly what book I wanted. I really enjoyed reading Lunch in Paris, especially all of the recipes. I love reading cookbooks and nothing is better than reading recipes in an actual book! So I may be featuring a few recipes here on the blog, and the first one is “savory bread.”
When I first read the recipe, I happened to find another recipe very similar on another blog! This blog, What Are You Feeding Your Kids Today, is also written by a French woman. She had an almost exact recipe to Bard’s “savory bread.” Here’s what she says about the bread:
A Cake Salé is generally made in the Summer to bring along to a pique-nique or to eat as an entree for lunch/dinner along a big salade. French people love them and I was surprised that with the American tradition of eggs-for-breakfast and brunch, I had not seen many Cake Salés in the US.
The basics seem similar between the two recipes…flour, eggs, baking soda, baking powder…and then you add whatever ingredients you would like. I happened to have olives, sun-dried tomatoes, swiss cheese in the refrigerator, and I picked up some ham. Here are the original ingredients:
- 1 slice (1/2 inch thick) of ham to cut it into dices.
- 1 cup of pitted green (or black) olives. (I used black)
- 4 eggs (local)
- 1 Tb of Herbes de Provence or Fresh thyme (I used dried thyme from the cupboard)
- 1 2/3 cup (200 gr) all purpose flour
- 1 ts of baking powder
- 1/2 ts baking soda
- 1/4 cup (5 cl) Olive oil
- 1/2 cup (10 cl) beer (local)
- 1 cup (75 gr) of Swiss cheese or Comte (Shredded) (I used Swiss)
- a pinch of Chili Pepper (optional)
- Salt and pepper
So I set up the Kindle and got to work!
You basically just mix it all together!
And come up with this…
After 45 min. in the oven…Perfection!
We ate this a couple of nights ago on a warm evening. It was a perfect addition to a fresh salad.
I am very pleased for my first attempt at French cooking…I think more is to come!