Goat Cheese, Bacon and Olive Quick Bread

Quick breads like this one by star blogger David Lebovitz are very popular in France, where they’re known as savory cakes. This one is packed with olives, cheese and bacon, and infused with cayennne.

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  • Servings: Makes one 9-inch loaf

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  • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/3 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced thyme leaves

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; line the bottom with parchment paper. In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, cayenne and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk, olive oil and mustard. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in the egg mixture until just combined. Fold in the goat cheese, Parmigiano, olives, bacon, scallions, chile and thyme. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the surface.

  3. Bake the bread until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the loaf to loosen it from the pan. Invert onto a plate and let cool completely. Cut the loaf into thick slices and serve.

Make Ahead

The bread can be wrapped well in plastic wrap and refrigerated for 1 week.

Contributed By Photo © Chris Court Published February 2016

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Aggregate Rating value: 4

Review Count: 6

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Tina1409

Review Body: We loved this savory quick bread when we made it in our kitchens here at Food & Wine. 

Date Published: 2016-06-28

Author Name: HugoMendes

Review Body: I wonder if chives would also be a great addition on top of the bread? What do you think? This looks good!

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-07-20

Author Name: rigolin1771

Review Body: The bread looks really delicious! This is perfect for my breakfast and will try this the soonest possible. That cheesy bread loaded with bacon, I just can't resist!!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-07-20

Author Name: Marie Tremblay

Review Body: I made this bread yesterday and it is almost gone.  It is delicious! It was very easy to make.  The one thing I would do when I make it again is not make the bacon pieces as small as the first time.  The olive and goat cheese and spice flavors really come through.    It is very decadent.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-12-23

Author Name: 14Galaxygirl

Review Body: I'll try it sometimes soon. Great recipe

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2016-07-22

Author Name: Cheshire_Kitty

Review Body: All hail the bacon bread. All hail the bacon bread.

Date Published: 2016-08-10

Author Name: Shahde_Cooper

Review Body: What a fabulous recipe! I must try it over the weekend. Can I use mozzarella cheese on top?

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-07-21

Author Name: AshyPanteloons

Review Body: This looks absolutely scrumptous! I could eat the whole thing all day. I just love bacon, it's my favorite!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-07-21

Author Name: Jahwayne Adon Blake

Review Body: No bacon! 

Date Published: 2016-06-27