Estelle's French Olive & Ham Cake

Estelle kindly brought along some of her delicious homemade French Olive & Ham Cake for people to enjoy at the barbeque.

Here is the recipe if you'd like to try making it yourself:


  • 180g normal flour
  • one sachet of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 10cl whole milk
  • 150g freshly grated Gruyère (Swiss cheese; please don't replace
    with Cheddar as it will alter the taste)
  • 100g black and 100g green olives, pitted.
  • 100g smoked bacon (or if possible, "lardons" which you can find
    in Aldi or Lidl)
  • 10cl extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour and the baking powder and stir to blend.
  3. In another bowl, using a whisk, slowly whisk the eggs (whole), together with the milk, and the olive oil. Add the salt and the pepper.
  4. Slowly whisk the above in the flour mixture, to obtain a homogeneous consistency. Before pouring it, make sure that the olive oil does not get separated from the rest of the mixture in Step 3 as this can happen. Whisk a little before pouring.
  5. Wash the pitted olives, drain them on paper and cut them into small pieces (small round bits, around 4 per olive)
  6. Thinly cut the bacon into small stripes (like lardons, or get lardons if you can, the taste is much better).
  7. Add the olives, bacon, and grated Gruyère cheese to the cake mixture.
  8. Pour into cake mold.
  9. Place in the center of the oven and bake 50 minutes until firm and golden. To make sure it is baked just put a knife in and see if you get any part of the mixture sticking on the knife.
  10. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  11. Cut into slices.

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