Goat Cheese, Prunes and Pistachio Savory cake

24 Jan

Traditionally, cake would evoke images of sweet bakes with or without frosting. In France, cakes can be sweet as well as savory. The French savory cakes use ingredients such as strong tasting cheeses, ham, prunes etc. while the Americans call it a loaf or bread such as zucchini bread, tomato bread, cheese bread and such. These savory cakes/ breads are  served in France as before dinner treats along with drinks. This particular savory cake that I share with you today is a Rachel Khoo recipe. I have been following Rachel Khoo’s inspiring story and her videos on BBC. You can read her story in this interview here.

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Ms. Khoo calls herself a ‘Food creative’ which is a title good enough to create intrigue. She promises that her’s is a fresh approach to all things edible. Flipping through her recipes made me believe that she does keep her promise. Her recipes seem simple yet interesting enough through their flavour combinations. I have tried two of her recipes and both of them turned out marvelous. One of them was the flourless chocolate swirl cake and  then I attempted this savory cake.

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I was quite sure that my family was going to reject this unusual cake on the table for evening tea. The strongly flavoured goat cheese, the soft sweetness of the prunes and the nutty flavour of the pistachio rendered the cake an exotic taste. My family was hooked. I served it toasted and with salted butter. It is a match made in heaven.

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The next time I make it I would love to see how it would taste with whole wheat flour. If it works well, then I have a healthier version to keep for future use. What I also loved about the loaf is the fact that despite it looking so simple it photographed so well. The hint of green from the pistachio, the black from the prunes and the white from the goat cheese against the yellow-brown load looked wonderful.

CPPC4I see my list of bookmarked recipes and am startled to find that most of them are Rachel Khoo’s recipes. It goes on to show much her recipes have drawn me in. I have to get her “My little Paris Kitchen” or her latest cook book ” My little French Kitchen” which I hear has her own hand – drawn illustrations.

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For the recipe, here goes:

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Hope you guys try this cake and see for yourself how wonderful savory cakes are as well. I am a convert for sure.

12 Responses to “Goat Cheese, Prunes and Pistachio Savory cake”

  1. Notyet100 January 25, 2014 at 4:02 am #

    I am going to try this cake soon,..

  2. Chai a Cup of Life January 25, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    It is interesting the French call it a cake, it looks like a pretty healthy snack. I like the combination of cheese, prunes and nuts!

  3. Saheli January 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    It will take a lot to convert me from sweet to savory but I am going to try this one soon! Cheers.

  4. Sally January 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Love the idea of prunes with goats cheese. What a gorgeous savoury cake.

  5. yummychunklet January 26, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Savory…what a great twist!

  6. Ameena January 26, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    I think prunes get a bad wrap…I actually like them! And this looks delicious!

  7. Liz Posmyk (Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things) January 26, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    Anita, how very delicious… I LOVE prunes!

  8. Poonam January 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Oh!! Ani that looks so great… i am sure it ought to be delectable… Mere look of the loaf and then the slice stir my taste buds… Feel like grabbing a bite of it… Ani how do you get time for cooking such yummy food items…

    • Anita Menon January 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Generally only on weekends but sometimes I feel inspired to bake on a particularly stressful weekday too :-)

  9. AmazingSusan January 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Yum!

  10. Moya @Food and Tools January 29, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Sounds so delicious Anita and I love all the ingredients… could have a slice right now. :)

  11. Deena Kakaya February 3, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    Sounds like a gorgeous and unusual combination, very clever idea x

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