Last updated on January 15th, 2019 at 12:57 pm
This Cheese and Herb Quick Bread or cake sale´ is the french answer to the “cracker” component of “cheese and crackers”.
A truly brilliant concept IMO. But more on that in a minute.
I was first introduced to these quick breads on a trip through Provence – where “living simply well” is truly an art form. My biggest “take away” from that trip was this – high quality of ingredients and simple preparation are really all you need for a delicious meal. Which seems pretty obvious….
But for someone who loves the whole process of cooking, this was truly eye opening. It changed how I thought about not only my weekday meals but also about “entertaining” – and has definitely changed my whole approach, making the process sooo much easier and relaxed.
Which means I have people over more often – and that’s the point! I now rely on excellent ingredients and simple preparations… like this Cheese and Herb Quick Bread.
This Cheese and Herb Quick Bread is very simple to make – no mixer or yeast needed.
The key to this bread is using a very flavorful, high quality cheese – which brings me to my next “entertaining” tip..
Kerrygold Cheeses and butter!! High quality, delicious cheese and butter that I can find in my local market. I used to go to at least 2 or 3 different markets to get all the ingredients I needed for get togethers and parties. Being able to find everything I need for get together in one market?
Complete game changer.
I used Kerrygold’s Dubliner cheese in this Cheese and Herb Quick Bread but it would be amazing with their Skellig, aged cheddar or swiss or a combination and is a great way to use up those “bits and bobs” of cheese. That is of course if you manage to have any of those… which I generally don’t:-(. Served with a selection of Kerrygold cheeses and olives, this Cheese and Herb Quick Bread makes an easy and delicious “nibble” to serve with aperitifs… or as a snack, or with a salad, or soup.
Or pretty much any time of the day when you need a snack.
And the butter? Stay tuned for what I did with the butter…hint… a main dish that is prepped, cooked and ready in under 15 minutes!
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Kerrygold graciously provided samples of cheese and butter. As always, my opinions are entirely my own.
Cheese and Herb Quick Bread
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup minced fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
- 2 Tablespoons minced fresh mint
- 1 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray the bottom of a 9x5 loaf pan with the olive oil cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
- Add the herbs and toss to combine.
- In a smaller bowl, crack the three eggs.
- Add the yogurt and olive oil.
- Whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Using a spatula, fold the egg/yogurt mixture into the flour, stirring just until all the flour has been incorporated.
- Gently stir in the cheese.
- Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until skewer, inserted in the center, comes out clean.
- Remove loaf from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Run a knife between the loaf and the pan to loosen then remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.
- If making ahead, wrap in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature.