|Courtesy of eatwell101|
It has more than just olives (both black and green), Bacon and cheese in it...it has ham, and onions and eggs and wine. What's not to love, right? OK, in reality, I honestly don't think it is nearly as tasty as it looks. I have no idea why.
The recipe (and photo) come from Eat Well 101 webpage. It says it super easy and no special cooking skills are required. While I will agree that it is easy, I would not agree that it is simple. I rather thought it was a pain in the rear. You cook up the onions with the bacon (I used way more bacon...I already had a lb of cooked, crumbled bacon in the freezer...so in it went...3 oz? PFFT!). You mix up the dough separately and you cut up all the other tidbits that go in. It takes some time. Sure, you don't knead it, but hand stirring all those tidbits into a fairly stout dough is not cake walk. Did I mention I made a double recipe? So stirring all that stuff into a stiff dough is a challenge. I worked my muscles. Once, my spoon slipped while I was trying to stir that stuff into the dough and I flipped a spoonful of tidbits with great force...all over the kitchen. Yeah... they call me Betty...Betty Crocker.
The measurements are a mix of ounces, metric, and cups. I got 8 ways of mixed up....Then add that I was doubling it as I went. Did I mention I barely passed math? I've never even HEARD of emmenthal cheese. Good thing it said "or cheddar" because I know what that is. I used sharp. I don't drink wine and usually just omit it in any recipe that calls for it, or use water or broth instead. In this case, I figured the wine might be part of the leavening (since there is baking powder...no yeast). I found a little juice box of it...about 16 oz. Used 10 oz...dumped the rest in the sink. I tried drinking it...but I don't like wine and it was a nasty white that tasted like crap.
After my two loaves cooled (remember I doubled it), hubby cut it into slices and I put two slices to a pint freezer bag and froze it for use at some later point. I ate a slice. To me it was just OK. Certainly interesting and fun to try once.
Without further adieu, here's the recipe. Be sure to visit Eat Well 101 for more cool stuff.
Recipe: Olive, Bacon and Cheese Bread
Ingredients list for the Olive, Bacon and Cheese Bread
- 5 fl oz (15cl) of white wine
- 3 1/3 fl oz (10cl) olive oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cup (250g) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder (about 5g)
- 5 ounces (150g) grated emmenthal or cheddar
- 1 large onion
- 3 1/2 ounces (100g) bacon
- 7 ounces (200g) city ham, already cooked — sold as “ready to serve”. Still on the bone, it’s better! If you don’t want to bring back the whole ham at home, ask your butcher to slice it off for you.
- 3 1/2 ounces (100g) black olives
- 3 1/2 ounces (100g) green olives
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2. Separately, mix the flour and baking powder, sift and stir into the liquid preparation.
3. Chop the onion finely and melt in a skillet with a bit of olive oil (or butter).
4. Add the bacon to onions and cook for a few minutes then keep aside. Take care of draining the mixture to avoid a soggy dough.
5. Slice the olives and parsley and cut the ham.
6. Add all ingredients and grated cheese to the basic preparation and mix.
7. Pour into a buttered pan.
8. Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 360°F (180°C).