The other day I came across a wonderful show on the BBC called The Little Paris Kitchen, and it’s now a firm fave. This is possibly due to the tiled wall in Rachel Khoo’s minature kitchen, or possibly due to the fact she clearly likes to cook with goats cheese.Whatever the reason, I’m a fan.
Anywho, my eyes were bombarded with a fabulous savoury cake which the French adore and I can totally understand why. Before I met the lovely Mr. C, I had never had a sweet tooth. I now curse his name every time I find myself shoving chocolate by the kilo into my mouth (mi spiace, amore!). This savoury cake takes me back to the days before chocolate and sugar, when my life and thighs were concerned only with cheese and peanut butter.
Happy, delicious memories.
Recipe adapted from Rachel Khoo’s ‘Cheese, pistachio and prune cake‘.
- 250g all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 150g soft goats cheese, cut into small pieces
- 80g sun dried tomatoes (without the oil), roughly chopped
- Couple of sprigs of fresh thyme (and extra for garnish)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 large eggs
- 150ml extra virgin olive oil
- 100ml skimmed milk
- 50g natural, loose yoghurt
Preheat the oven to 180°c and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, goats cheese, sun dried tomatoes, thyme and season well.
In another large bowl, hand-whisk the eggs for around a minute or so until pale yellow in colour and almost frothy on top. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, followed by the milk and finally the yoghurt.
Carefully and gently fold in the flour mixture into the eggs using a large metal spoon, or a spatula. Don’t worry about any pockets of flour.
Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, sprinkle the top with the leftover thyme, and bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and golden.
Slice and enjoy!
Makes one loaf of goodness.