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French Savory Bread April 7, 2010

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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

Forgot the beer and tomatoes (from The Bradford Store) in the first pic!

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!


4 Responses to “French Savory Bread”

  1. Jane Moody Says:

    Ann “Julia” Duncan

  2. […] present I’m featuring on the blog was from my friend Courtney.  As you may remember from a previous post, Courtney lives in Paris with her husband.  She sent me a great French cookbook…luckily […]

  3. […] found a recipe in Lunch in Paris and based my dish off of it.  I finally got the book since I had to give my mom’s Kindle […]

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