Olive Bread Recipe
The olive bread recipe given here is a classic combination you will find hosts all over France serving up at l'heure de l'apéritif (cocktail hour). It features green olives, cubed ham, and Gruyère cheese. Feel free to substitute different ingredients for these, just respect the proportions for the rest of the cake.
Savory quick breads, such as this olive bread recipe, are often served as appetizers in France. They are called cakes and will include different vegetables and meats. You might find bacon and prunes included together, or feta and basil, or salmon and zucchini. I'm sure you can think up your own wonderful taste combination.
I need to note too for those of you who are used to following non-French cake recipes that the order of mixing the ingredients is a little different. I am always alarmed when I follow a French cake recipe by adding the eggs right into the flour as a first step, but it works out, even if it is a little lumpy along the way.
To serve the bread, let it cool completely, then cut it into one inch cubes for bite-sized enjoyment. Delicious and easy.
Cake Aux Olives
Makes one substantial loaf of bread, or about 150 cubes.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
If you make this ahead of time, refrigerate the loaf without slicing it, then cut into cubes at serving time.
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