Portuguese Savory Cheese Loaf (Bolo De Queijos)

Total Time
50mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

This dense, cakey bread is a favorite of Elvira André, a prolific food blogger in Portugal — she has four blogs in two languages. Perfect for picnics or a lunch, it also pairs well with a freshly tossed salad or a bowl of light soup. The recipe calls for a firm, yellow Cheddar-like cheese called São Jorge, which comes from the Azorean island of the same name, and for presunto, a dry-cured ham, similar to prosciutto. Spanish Manchego and Italian prosciutto can, respectively, be substituted, although rather bullish on the Portuguese originals.—Elvira André, from Leite's Culinaria.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°C (180ºC). Line a 4-by-8-inch rectangular loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium until thick and lemon yellow, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the milk, olive oil, herbs, and pepper and mix until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together. Add the Queijo São Jorge and feta and toss to coat. Fold the flour-and-cheese mixture into the egg mixture until no traces of flour can be seen. Add a bit more milk if the dough appears dry. Fold in the presunto.
  4. Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a rack and let cool in the pan until just warm to the touch before turning out. Serve warm or at room temperature.