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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.

Green Olive Cake Cake aux Olives Vertes @GingerandNutmeg
Cake Aux Olives Vertes - Green Olive Cake
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A quick and delicious appetizer bread that's easy to make and even easier to eat! A savoury delight with salted olives, rich smoky duck breast and creamy bites of Gruyère. A must for your next dinner party.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Green Olive Cake Cake aux Olives Vertes @GingerandNutmeg
Cake Aux Olives Vertes - Green Olive Cake
Print Recipe
A quick and delicious appetizer bread that's easy to make and even easier to eat! A savoury delight with salted olives, rich smoky duck breast and creamy bites of Gruyère. A must for your next dinner party.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Butter and lightly flour a loaf pan.
  3. In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add the eggs and mix until well blended and no flour remains.
  5. Add the muscat and olive oil, mix well.
  6. Add the olives, smoked duck and cheese, mix until well blended. The batter will be relatively thick.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes, until brown on top and a tester knife comes out clean.
  8. Remove the bread from the pan and cool on a rack or on one side of the loaf.
    Cake aux Olives Vertes @GingerandNutmeg
Recipe Notes

This recipe can easily be tailored to suit your own personal tastes. Change the cheese and meat and olives to your favourites, like smoked salmon, percorino, blue cheese, black olives, stuffed olives etc.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride was at six-months old, her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles). Carolyne also curates an e-commerce website for designer-made products of exceptional quality Atelier Boutiques.

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