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French Savory Ham and Gruyere Quick Bread


Quick breads, familiar favorites to most, become extraordinary when made in the French tradition. Savory Ham and Gruyere Quick Bread is one way of making a delicious and savory cake salé.


  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/8 cayenne
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated gruyere cheese


Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and butter a loaf pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, tarragon, and cayenne.

In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs and then add milk and olive oil. Whisk together.

Using a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until mostly combined. It’s important not to overmix. Fold in the ham and grated cheese.

Transfer batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached.

Allow the bread to cool in the pan about 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool. Before taking the loaf out of the pan, run a knife along the edges to release the loaf. Allow the bread to cool about 30 minutes before serving. This bread is best cut using a serrated knife.

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