Provencal Baking to Try Savoury Tarts Cakes and More
Provence is known for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine and fresh ingredients. Agriculture in the region benefits from a warm, arid climate making it a suitable environment for growing olives, grapes, almonds, tomatoes, zucchini, spelt (epeautre) and stone fruits. Traditional regional dining customs call for long, slow meals where you enjoy the food and the company. In many bakeries, you will find quiche. Although a classic French recipe, the quiche Lorraine is not a specialty of the South of France.
The following list includes a selection of recipes for savoury pies and types of bread commonly found in the region.
This is a famous Provençal onion tart that resembles a pizza. It is typically made with a thin crust topped with caramelized onions, anchovies, and black olives.
Tourte aux Blettes
Also known as Swiss chard pie, this is a traditional dessert or snack from Nice, France. The sweet version includes Swiss chard, pine nuts, and raisins, sometimes flavoured with orange blossom water. However, there is a savoury version too.
Petit Pâte Tarts
The French version of empanadas. A meat-filled pastry with flaky crusts that can be enjoyed as breakfast or a quick snack. Petit pate tarts can be served vegetarian style too!
A puff pastry that can be shared at parties and get-togethers for everyone to enjoy. It is a simple recipe to prepare made with dough and cheese.
Ok, fougasse is not technically a tart. It is a flatbread that is a cross between an Italian focaccia and a thick-dough pizza. However, you find fougasse with many different savoury toppings, and here are a few.
Zucchini and Tomato Tarts
Zucchini and tomato tarts are two options to ensure you eat your vegetables.
Savoury “cakes” made with olives for snacking with cocktails.