Jul 2009

Goat Cheese and Olive Bread

GOAT CHEESE AND OLIVE BREAD

I’m currently making my way through The Sweet Life in Paris by acclaimed pastry wizard David Lebovitz. It’s an entertaining read as far a food memoirs go, but it’d probably be ten times funnier had I actually lived in Paris. No matter. A jaunt to the City of Lights is not essential for appreciating Parisian quirks and delights.

According to Mr. Lebovitz, zee French are crazy about savory quick breads. Known to locals as le cake (pronounced “kek”), they are served as an “hors d’oeuvre before dinner, thinly sliced, with glasses of cool Muscadet or a snappy Souvignon Blanc.” This Cake au Chèvre et aux Olives is appealing from top to bottom, inside and out—the edges are smoky with bacon essence, while the goat cheese and olive studded innards are rich and complex. A generous slice makes for an interesting and satisfying bite anytime of day, whether eaten before dinner as the Parisians do, or for le snack as Americans are so fond of.

  • Bacon fat (or butter) for preparing the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup very fruity olive oil (I recommend Greece’s Gaea brand)
  • 1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 6 oz well-crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 oz grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pitted green or black olives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with bacon grease or butter and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, chili powder, and salt.

GOAT CHEESE AND OLIVE BREAD

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, yogurt, and scallions until smooth.

GOAT CHEESE AND OLIVE BREAD

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to stir in the wet mixture, stirring just until the wet ingredients are almost incorporated. (A bit of flour should still be visible.) Don’t overmix.

GOAT CHEESE AND OLIVE BREAD

Fold in the goat cheese, Parmesan, and olives until everything is just moistened. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

GOAT CHEESE AND OLIVE BREAD

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the cake springs back when you gently touch the center. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then tilt it out onto a wire cooling rack. Peel off the parchment paper and let cool upright before slicing.

GOAT CHEESE AND OLIVE BREAD

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16 thoughts on “Goat Cheese and Olive Bread

  1. Oooh that looks so good! It looks like a fruitcake but I bet it tastes A LOT better than that. Americans make something *kinda* like this, but with zucchini in zucchini bread. Definitely not as decadent as this goat cheese bread though.

  2. YUM. Dorie Greenspan writes about le cake too. I’ve been meaning to try her bacon-pear savory cake for ages and this one looks good too. It’s like 5 appetizers in one!

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