Orange Loaf Cake “Cake à l’Orange”


Another loaf cake – this one is perfect for gouter but is also a nice breakfast cake!

Ingredients :

  • 125g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest and juice of two oranges
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • Icing sugar

Method :

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
  2. Cream the butter and half the sugar (50g) together
  3. Separate the egg whites and yolks
  4. Add the egg yolks, zest from two oranges and the juice of one orange to the butter and sugar and mix well
  5. Slowly mix in the sieved flour
  6. Brat the egg whites with the remaining half of the sugar (50g) until stiff
  7. Gently mix the egg whites into the cake batter
  8. Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes in pre-heated oven at 180°C
  9. Use the juice of the second orange to make a glaçage, mixing it with icing sugar until you get a sweet slightly thick sirop
  10. Place loaf on cooling tray and, while it is still warm, pour the orange glaçage over the cake


Apple Loaf


This is really just a variant of the French Yoghurt Cake that I already posted but includes apples.

Ingredients :

  • 250g flour
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 75g butter
  • 100g natural yoghurt or fromage blanc
  • 2/3 apples
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla essence (optional)

Method :

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar together
  4. Add the eggs and yoghurt/fromage blanc to the dry ingredients and mix well with a whisk
  5. Add butter and mix well and add vanilla essence to the mixture if using
  6. Peel and chop your apples and add
  7. Pour into well greased loaf tin
  8. Bake for 40 minutes


French Yoghurt Cake



This is a very simple plain cake, and one that almost all french kids start with when they start baking at a very young age.


Ingredients :

  • 1 carton natural yoghurt (wash out the carton to use it to measure the other ingredients)
  • 3 cartons flour
  • 2 cartons sugar
  • 1/2 carton neutral tasting oil – I use sunflower oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Vanilla essence


Method :


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  2. Mix all the ingredients together
  3. Pour into greased loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes (this could vary by a few minutes depending on your oven)



Bacon and Olive Loaf or “Cake aux Olives”


Yes I know that the name cake will usually conjure up images of something sweet with a cup of tea but in France the word ‘cake’ really refers to the loaf form, be that savoury or sweet. This is one of my staple recipes – great as an aperitif or as a light meal with some salad. There are lots of variants to the basic ingredients which I will share in the upcoming months.


Ingredients :

  • 3 eggs
  • 150g flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
  • 10cl sunflower oil
  • 12.5cl hot milk
  • 100g grated gruyere (or cheddar or any hard cheese you fancy!)
  • 200g of cooked bacon or ham or lardons etc
  • 75g green olives
  • Salt and Pepper

Method :

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
  2. Chop bacon/ham and olives
  3. In a large bowl beat the eggs with the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper
  4. Slowly add the oil and the hot milk, mixing all the time with a whisk
  5. Add the grated cheese and then the bacon/ham and olives
  6. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin and cook for 45 minutes



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