Sunday, July 18, 2010

Savory Ham and Gruyere Bread

Earlier this week, I saw this Savory Ham and Gruyere Bread recipe at NYTimes website and thought that it would be a good one to try this weekend. I was so intrigued by its description... "Cake salé is like a homey and crumbly equivalent of the delicate cheese puffs gougères: a salty, cheesy excuse to open a bottle of wine" because we are totally into trying anything that encourages us to drink more.

Since I did not have enough Gruyere cheese, I decided to add roughly chopped Capricious cheese. It was a good move because it adds extra cheesiness and crunchiness to the bread. Both Porgy and I think that this recipe is a keeper.

unsalted butter, softened, for brushing pan
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 large eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup milk
6 ounces baked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 ounces Gruyere, coarsely grate (about 1 cup)
2 ounces Capricious cheese, coarsely chopped

  • Center a rack in the oven and heat to 350 and generously brush a loaf pan with butter.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, lightly whisk eggs, then whisk in milk and olive oil.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in wet ingredients into dry until barely mixed and then fold in ham and cheese.
  • Scrape batter into loaf pan and smooth top.
  • Bake loaf for 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  • Transfer to a rack to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to release. Turn loaf onto rack to firm up before slicing, about 30 minutes.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut into 3/8-inch slices and then cut into halves or quarters.


  1. Looks great. Gruyere is my favorite cheese! I'll definitely have to try this one. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Is it 1/3 cup of milk? What does 1.3 mean otherwise? lol.. The bread looks delish

  3. Thanks for catching that. It's supposed to be 1/3 cup of milk. I guess that's what happened if I blogged while drinking Manhattans. Brain malfunction!

  4. This savoury quick bread sounds so good!