By now, if you have been following my blog, you must already know that I lived in Paris for a while years ago. Maybe because of that, or maybe because for some reason (that even I don’t really know about) I have always felt a connection with the “French”, I surely love trying French recipes regularly. My passion for experimenting on French cuisine got even bigger when I discovered (thanks to my friend Minni, otherwise I would never turn that TV on) the wonderful little show “Pieni Keittiö Pariisissa” (aka Little Kitchen in Paris) by witty and joyful Rachel Khoo. Ever since, she has become my idol!!
Yet, I somehow could not dare to try any of the recipes until all 6 episodes of the show was over. Then I downloaded all the episodes, watched one more time each of them, and then started trying them out. One of those (not the first one I tried though) is this savoury French cake, with dried plum, pistachio and goat cheese.
This cake is so delicious that I had an orgasmic joy the first time I baked it and ate.. I seriously wasn’t expecting a taste THAT good.. But it really is amazing. And the best part of it is now that I’ve got the idea of this kind of cakes, I can experiment with all sorts of other ingredients, keeping the basics of the batter the same. You can try different, maybe more local ingredients too!
So here it is – and believe me (well, you’ll see) it-is-simple!!
250 gr flour
1 tbsp baking powder
200 gr soft goat cheese (I used regular chèvre – the least stinky one)
60 gr pistachio
200 gr dried plum (you can find those easily in Stockmann, “kuivahedelmä” section)
150 ml olive oil
100 ml milk (use täysmaito.. you are baking French for heaven’s sake!)
50 gr yoghurt (I used of course Bulgarian jogurtti)
1 tsp salt
a pinch of black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. In a bowl, put flour, baking powder and salt and mix them roughly.
8. One by one, add olive oil, milk, yoghurt (sorry, forgot to take the photo of yoghurt while I was putting it) and black pepper to the beaten eggs. After putting each ingredient, mix them with mixer, in slowest motion, to just mix them a little, do NOT overbeat the mixture!
9. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and fold in using a rubber spatula. Again, do NOT mix it, whisk it or overfold it. Just make sure that all the flour is mixed with the wet ingredients and that’s it.
10. Grease a loaf mould and pour the batter inside the mould. If you’re using a silicon mould like me, do NOT forget to put the piece of the mould that keeps it firm. The first time I made the cake, I did not do that, and the batter felt so heavy that the mould got a little misshaped. It does not affect the taste, it just does not look as firm in the end that’s all. (And yes, in the picture, on the left, you can see my foot!!)
11. Bake the cake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until a metal knife stuck in comes out clean. What I did was to bake for 35 minutes, and then increase the heat to 210C and bake for just about 5 more minutes, to have a nice brown top. When the cake is baked, take it out of the oven and leave it to cool down a bit until you take it out of the mould.
12. When it is cool, take it out of the mould and have your very first bite ASAP – it is gorgeous!! You could eat it any time, with anything. For instance I made salad (again inspired by Rachel Khoo’s winter salad) and served the cake with it and it was just perfect!