We’ve riffed on the ham and cheese baguette sandwich to make this savory quick bread that has an extra punch of flavor from briny Niçoise olives. In France, similar rustic quick breads called gâteaux are served as snacks. This easy recipe is great for breakfast, snack time, or a light lunch when served with a Butter Lettuce and Pumpkin Seed Salad.
Special equipment: You will need a metal 9-by-5-inch loaf pan for this recipe. Loaf pans can be purchased at most cooking supply stores and at many large grocery stores.
What to buy: You can find fully cooked or smoked ham steaks in the deli case of any well-stocked grocery store.
Game plan: You can also use this recipe to bake savory muffins instead of bread—just use a standard 12-well muffin pan. Coat the wells with butter and bake the muffins at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
This recipe was featured as part of our 5 Savory Quick Breads for Fall Baking.