This loaf is moist for the milk, ricotta and olive oil, tasty from the cheese, herbs, and olives, crunchy from the pine nuts on top. Perfect for snacking, or for breakfast or in place of bread.
I have a sweet tooth, but sometimes I crave savory food, too. Not too often, but it happens. And when it happens, if it's not pizza, it is usually some kind of artisan bread. If it's homemade, even better.
A first scan of the fridge gives me some ideas of what I want to create. I have some Gaeta olives, a piece of Asiago, some ricotta, and few herbs. I think they would make a moist and tasty loaf cake, perfect for snacking or to use in place of the bread (that I've forgotten to buy). Just to remind you, I'm still in Rome, away from my husband the amazing chef, and my main supplier of food, and I feel lost! But on the other hand, here, I have access to many great organic ingredients that inspire me to create and so today, on my way back home, during the train ride, my mind is already forging the loaf and also the setting for the photoshoot. The day is nice and sunny, when I get home there will still be plenty of natural light. And after all, baking a loaf, sweet or savory, makes me happy and energetic.
It is very easy and fast to make, I used just one large bowl for all the ingredients and that makes for a stress-free cleanup, which means more time to dedicate to yourself or the ones you love 😉 . I took pictures and after that, I enjoyed a couple of pieces of this fantastic Herb and Olive Ricotta Loaf.
It is moist, thanks to the milk, ricotta, and olive oil, tasty from the cheese, herbs, and olives, crunchy from the pine nuts on top that just add another flavor and dimension. It is good warm as soon as it comes out of the oven, cold, or warmed up in the toaster oven. You can mix and match ingredients as you most like or according to what you have at your disposal. Trying to use up what's in my fridge as not to waste food is always a must for me and I can say that I am great at that. It makes me feel good and at peace with the world.
And it is a versatile loaf: it can easily become gluten-free if you substitute the all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free blend; you can remove the pine nuts for a nut-free version, or use other nuts you like better. This loaf can also turn into a vegan loaf cake simply using rice milk and opting for vegan cheese. So many options, just set your creativity free.
The day is now coming to an end, another day away from my husband. It is exactly one month today, we're counting days.
Again, baking relieved me of some tensions, brought a smile to my face, and appeased my nervousness. And it felt nice to use some of the props I have in my roman kitchen, all the stuff that is waiting for me in drawers and cupboards to bring it back to life.
Enjoy your day wherever you are and always try to be your best.
Song of the day: "On Top of the World", Imagine Dragons.Print
- 4 Tbsp (60 ml) milk
- 4 Tbsp (60 ml) ricotta
- 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 free-range organic eggs
- 60 g black olives, chopped (I used Gaeta olives)
- 4 Tbsp Asiago or Fontina, chopped
- 150 g all-purpose flour
- 8 g (½ package) baking powder
- ½ tsp Himalayan salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp rosemary, chopped
- 1 Tbsp pine nuts (for topping)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a small loaf pan(approx 8x4).
- Chop the black olives and the Asiago.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder, herbs, salt, and pepper.
- In another bowl, mix the eggs, milk, ricotta, and oil, until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and with a spatula stir until the batter is smooth.
- Add the chopped olives and Asiago and stir.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan, then sprinkle the top with the pine nuts.
- Bake for 35-40 mins, or until the cake feels firm to the touch and is golden on top.
- Remove from the oven, leave in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert on a rack and let cool completely.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Italian
Ricetta in italiano:Print
- 4 cucchiai (60 ml) latte (qualsisasi tipo)
- 4 cucchiai (60 ml) ricotta
- 4 cucchiai olio e.v.o.
- 2 uova da allevamento a terra
- 60 g olive di Gaeta, denocciolate e tagliuzzate
- 4 cucchiai di Asiago, a pezzetti
- 150 g di farina 0
- ½ cucchiaino di sale rosa dell'Himalaya
- ½ cucchiaino pepe nero
- ½ cucchiaino origano
- ½ cucchiaino rosmarino
- 1 manciata di pinoli
- Preriscaldate il forno a 180°C e rivestite uno stampo da plumcake con carta da forno.
- Tagliuzzate le olive e spezzettate l'Asiago.
- In una ciotola grande mescolate la farina con le erbe, il sale e pepe.
- Al centro mettete le uova, il latte, la ricotta e l'olio, mescolando gli ingredienti e amalgamandoli con la farina fino a che il composto risulti liscio e omogeneo.
- Aggiungete le olive e il formaggio.
- Versate l'impasto nello stampo e spargete i pinoli sulla superficie.
- Cuocete in forno per 35-40 minuti o finché dorato e fermo al tatto.
- Lasciate raffreddare 5 minuti nello stampo, poi su una gratella.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
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I love baking and kneading dough because it takes me to a happy place in my soul.