Guess, what? I made you another cake! Well, actually I made this one a few months ago, but wasn’t happy with the pictures, so I never posted it. However, I have decided that I really must share this recipe with you and when I have some nice light, I will re-take the photos to my liking!
Now, about this cake… This savoury cake, from France, is nothing short of show-stopping! Until I read the recipe in Rachel Khoo’s, “My Little Paris Kitchen”, I had never heard of a savoury cake. I thought it might be a little like a bread – a zucchini bread for example, but it is quite different. It actually has the texture of a nice cake, but it is filled with yummy savoury ingredients, like sausage and pistachios, sans the sugar. Rachel mentions in her cookbook that you could substitute whatever you like. Add some figs, goat cheese, and walnuts or whatever you have hanging our in your fridge. She says that this cake is very popular at picnics in France, but I served mine at a girls’ party that I hosted. The girls all gave it a huge thumbs up, as they polished off the whole cake, and all requested the recipe. So here it is, my friends: I hope you enjoy it!
Cured Sausage, Pistachio and Prune Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
5 ounces cured French sausage or salami, finely chopped
¾ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
2/3 cup prunes, roughly chopped
¼ cup milk
2/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a 1 pound loaf pan with parchment paper
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sausage, pistachios, and prunes.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until thick and pale in colour. Gradually whisk in the milk, oil, and yogurt, then add the salt and season with pepper.
Fold in the flour mixture, bit by bit, trying not to overbeat it. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, depending on your oven. A metal skewer inserted should come out clean. Leave to cool in the pan. Slice carefully with a serrated knife.