I love recipes that can be put together in about 15 minutes, helpful for when you realise you’ve made the wrong Dorie recipe this week and you have only a few hours of sunlight left to get the correct recipe made and photographed in time! This “bread” (though it’s more like a savoury pound cake) was easily whipped up, then put in the oven to be forgotten about as I cleaned up the kitchen, until the delicious aroma of cheese and olives wafted through the house around 45 minutes later… Such was the case for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (“Back of the Card” cheese and olive bread, p 33)
I mean, it looks like a cake, right? Its appearance is definitely deceiving… One of my colleagues thought the white bits were marshmallows and the dark bits chocolate chunks. Now that would have been nice too, but this is one surprising, unassuming bread/ cake. It’s a recipe that was originally found on the back of a card (hence the name) produced by the Comté cheesemakers’ association and distributed to fromageries all over France that Dorie took and made her own.
The original recipe sounds like it contained cheese, olives and diced ham cubes which would also have been fabulous; however Dorie added tapenade which, even though it was sitting out on my countertop as I made this, somehow didn’t make it’s way into my loaf.
I used 1/2 olives, 1/2 sun-dried tomatoes for some visual interest (though the tomatoes were more orange than the red I had hoped for) and, well, as you can see, I used small cubes of goat cheese instead of Comté. So my bread turned out like multiple apéritif snacks (cheese, olives, tomatoes) all rolled into one convenient package, easy to slice and eat! Dorie suggests cutting this into thin fingers for elegant serving (I think cubes would be great!) at apéro time, however I can see this being a great light lunch with a tossed green salad. Or even, toasted slices cut up into cubes and put IN a salad. The possibilities really are endless – both in terms of serving suggestions as well as the add-ins you can mix and match according to what you like.
I really enjoyed this one as did my colleagues who sampled this the next day – I was worried it would have dried out but it was fine. I offered the suggestion that it was “better with a glass of wine” but since we were enjoying it for a Monday morning snack, we all had to use our powers of imagination. Even sans wine, it was a wonderful snack and a nice change from the sweet snacks that often populate the staff room table. I’ll be remembering this again when I am short on time and need a quick snack for drinks or pre-dinner. Nice one Dorie!
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