Understanding Provence’s Olives and Green Olive Cake
Don’t let the word “cake” throw you off, this recipe is essentially a savoury quick bread. The ingredients can be changed depending on personal tastes, and what you have on hand. This little cake is perfect with a glass of chilled rosé. Ginger and Nutmeg sampled this lovely appetizer at a B&B in the Var, sadly it is no longer in operation.
What is story of Provence’s olives from start to finish?
Ginger has long loved olives, for their salty taste. Nutmeg’s appreciation for olives has been acquired in recent years and certainly more so after spending time in Provence. The olive tree is probably as old as the earth and may have even been one of the plants in the “Garden of Eden.” Olives start as tiny white flowers in the spring and began to mature over the summer months until the fruit is finally harvested in late fall.
Enjoy this easy recipe.
Cake Aux Olives Vertes - Green Olive Cake
- 1 1/4 cup (300g) White Flour
- 1 Package (2 tsp) Baking Powder and Soda in France, Levure
- 3/4 cup (150g) Green Olives pitted
- 3/4 cup (150g) Smoked Duck Breast sliced
- 3/4 cup (150g) Gruyère cheese shredded
- 3 large Eggs
- 1/4 cup (200ml) Muscat or sherry
- 1/2 cup (150ml) olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
- Butter and lightly flour a loaf pan.
- In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Add the eggs and mix until well blended and no flour remains.
- Add the muscat and olive oil, mix well.
- Add the olives, smoked duck and cheese, mix until well blended. The batter will be relatively thick.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes, until brown on top and a tester knife comes out clean.
- Remove the bread from the pan and cool on a rack or on one side of the loaf.