At least that's what a French friend called it, after refusing to believe that I, an American, did not have some ancient family recipes for les cakes salées
, as they are called here in France to differentiate them from sweet varieties (les cakes
for short). These are no gâteaux
, but savory cakes baked in a loaf pan, popular cut in cubes and served as finger food with an apéritif or packed in picnic baskets. We're talking a basic batter plus savory ingredients, like cake with chicken and tarragon; anchovies, black olives and thyme. Cake with tunafish
Now I have lived in Paris for a long time, and while I can see some trends coming from home -- like le cheesecake you can now find at the boulangerie, along with les muffins, les cookies and les brownies that sit happily next to les croissants and les madeleines -- I had never happened upon a salty cake until I moved to Paris.
Related: Cakes from Elle a Table
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com