Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cake au Jambon et Olives

In French, what is called a cake is not really a cake, as we know it. Cakes (the sweet type) are generally called gateaux. What the French calls a cake is actually a savory cake. These are not eaten as dessert but rather as a snack. Before a meal, the French would have an aperitif which is an appetiser drink (usually alcoholic) often accompanied by snacks like cake au jambon, peanuts, olives, chips or saucisson.

This is really easy to make. You can substitute with anything savory like sausages, salted pistachios or peanuts.

Cake au Jambon et olives (Cake with Ham & Olives)

3 eggs

150g flour
1 sachet leuvre chimique (baking powder)
10cl oil
125ml milk (warm)
100g grated cheese (I used emmental)
200g ham, diced
75g green olives, without seeds & sliced (I didn't have any green ones left so used black instead)

1. Mix eggs, flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt & pepper
2. Add slowly little by little the oil & warm milk. As you do, mix well
3. Add grated cheese
4. Add ham & olives
5. Pour into an oiled mould or mould lined with baking paper
6. Put it in the oven at 180C for 45 mins.

I told you this is simple.

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