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Savoury Courgette & Smoked Salmon Bread (Cake Salé)

Savoury Courgette and Smoked Salmon Bread AKA French Cake Salé, a quick and easy to make no yeast loaf. Makes a delicious appetiser, brunch, snack or addition to a lunchbox or picnic. A perfect courgette glut recipe for the summer.

Delicious savoury slices studded with smoked salmon pieces and chives. The saltiness of the smoked salmon combined with the mild onion flavour of chives delivers a tasty and healthy alternative to the usual sweet courgette bread or muffins.

My flavour packed savoury bread will keep moist and soft for up to four days because of the courgettes. Really is easy to make with no mixer required and all made in the one bowl.

A Savoury Courgette and Smoked Salmon bread sliced.

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What is Cake Salé ?

Cake Salé is a French savoury cake which I’d never heard of until I lived in Brittany, France. It’s not like a cake at all really as it’s usually baked in a loaf tin and the recipe reads more like a muffin recipe without the sugar.

Whilst cake salé is often served as an hors d’oeuvre, you’ll find them at picnics (picque-nique) and family parties. You may even find cake salé served with salad on a lunch menu at a local restaurant.

The most popular cake salé is ham and olives but with such an adaptable recipe you’ll find all sorts of added ingredients depending on the time of year and what people have in their fridge.

Savoury Courgette & Smoked Salmon Mini Loaves served with Boursin.

What Equipment Do I Need ?

A grater or food processor. I use a grater as courgettes take no time at all to grate by hand and with a grater there’s less washing up.
A 2 lb loaf tin – 23 cms x 13 cms 9 in x 5 ins. A heavy based tin helps to make sure the loaf is cooked through so I like to use Masterclass loaf tins.
OR
A 12 hole mini loaf tin or muffin tin. Again the Masterclass brand is my preferred choice.

What Ingredients Do I Need ?

This recipe is perfect for when you’ve got plenty of courgettes growing. The rest of the ingredients are pantry and fridge staples: plain flour/all purpose flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, eggs, milk and rapeseed/Canola oil.

  • Courgettes/zucchini or marrow. I know from experience how easy it is to miss the odd courgette growing – you spot it the next day because it’s turned into a marrow 🙂 If you’re using marrow in the recipe, leave out the centre with the seeds. Although marrow skin is tougher than the skin on courgettes, don’t worry as it has plenty of time to cook in the bread.
  • Smoked salmon pieces – I buy smoked salmon trimmings from the supermarket as they are more economical.
  • Chives – I love the mild onion flavour of chives but fresh flat leaf parsley, chervil, basil or dill will work too.

How Can I Adapt This Savoury Courgette Bread ?

This is the perfect recipe for fridge leftovers such as odd chunks of cheese or slices of ham you need to finish off. In fact, you can easily adapt the flavour of your Cake Salé with what you have available.
Vegetables you could try are:

  • Finely chopped red pepper
  • Chopped spinach
  • Finely chopped and lightly fried onions, shallots, mushrooms, celery or leeks.
  • Chopped tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes
  • Grated carrots
  • Fresh herbs

How To Make Savoury Courgette & Smoked Salmon Bread

Courgette Bread couldn’t be easier to make!

Grated Courgettes in a colander with salt.
Dry ingredients and wet ingredients being mixed.
  • Place the grated courgette into a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Leave to drain.
  • Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together.
  • Pour wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and lightly fold in.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
Images to show the process of mixing the batter in a bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into your loaf tin or evenly distribute the mix into your mini loaf tin (1 heaped tablespoon to each loaf).
  • Bake the loaf in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes – 25 minutes for mini loaves.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Mixture being spooned into tins.
Baked Savoury Courgette and Smoked Salmon bread in tins.

Tips For The Best Courgette Loaf

Make sure you grate the courgettes and then sprinkle them with salt before you get on with the rest of the recipe – this is to to remove excess water. There is plenty of liquid in courgettes and whilst that’s what makes the loaf soft and moist, you don’t want a wet bread.

The secret to soft fluffy bread is to work quickly and make sure you don’t over mix. If you overwork the bread batter you will end up with a dense and tough loaf. A maximum of ten stirs is generally enough to ensure there are no pockets of dry flour.

How To Serve

Serve Savoury Courgette & Smoked Salmon Bread warm or at room temperature.

A slice of courgette and smoked salmon bread is delicious as an hors d’oeuvre or appetiser. We’ve even served small pieces with tomatoes on cocktail sticks as a retro appetiser.

As a healthy snack, we love a slice (or a mini loaf split in two) spread with Boursin.

A great addition to a packed lunch or picnic.
Why not try it toasted for breakfast or brunch ?
Or as a savoury addition to an afternoon tea plate ?
However you you enjoy it, smoked salmon courgette bread is a real treat.

Courgette Bread served as an appetiser with Boursin and cherry tomatoes.

How Long Does It Keep ?

Savoury Smoked Salmon and Courgette Bread will keep for up to four days stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can I Freeze Courgette Bread ?

Yes, you can! Savoury courgette bread freezes well and will keep for up to three months.

I find it easier to freeze in slices so you can take out slices as you need them and there is no waste. Layer your slices between baking parchment and seal them in a freezer container or bag before popping them in the freezer for up to three months.

Close up of mini loaves on a cooling rack.

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Savoury Courgette & Smoked Salmon Bread (Cake Salé)

Savoury Courgette and Smoked Salmon Bread AKA French Cake Salé, a quick and easy to make no yeast loaf. Makes a delicious appetiser, brunch, snack or addition to a lunchbox or picnic. A perfect courgette glut recipe for the summer.
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Sarah James

Equipment

  • A food grater or food processor
  • 1 large 2 lb loaf tin or a 12 mini loaf tin

Ingredients

  • 225 g coarsely grated courgette
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 ml milk
  • 100 ml rapeseed oil / Canola
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 100 g smoked salmon pieces
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives

Instructions

  • Place the grated courgette into a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with the salt.
  • Leave to drain while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200℃ / 180℃ Fan / 400℉
  • Sieve the plain flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  • Lightly whisk the eggs, milk and rapeseed oil / Canola in a jug.
  • Pour onto the dry ingredients and lightly fold in.
  • Add the smoked salmon pieces and chopped chives and lightly mix.
  • Add the squashed grated courgette and mix evenly.
  • Pour the mixture into your loaf tin or evenly distribute the mix into your mini loaf tin (1 heaped tablespoon per hole).
  • Bake the bread loaf for 45 to 50 minutes or mini loaves for 25 minutes.
  • Leave to cool in the tin or tins for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • The secret to soft fluffy bread is to work quickly and make sure you don’t over mix. If you overwork the bread batter you will end up with a dense and tough loaf. A maximum of ten stirs is generally enough to ensure there are no pockets of dry flour.
  • The bread will keep for up to four days in a sealed container in the fridge.
  • The Courgette Bread or mini loaves freeze well. It’s much easier and more convenient to freeze the loaf in slices so you can take a slice or two out at a time. Seal them in a freezer container or bag and pop them in the freezer for up to three months.
  • Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Nutrition Facts
Savoury Courgette & Smoked Salmon Bread (Cake Salé)
Serving Size
 
1 slice
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
169
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
44
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
254
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
110
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
140
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
62
mg
6
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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AISilva

Saturday 26th of June 2021

What an interesting idea for a savoury cake! My kids love smoked salmon but I've never tried to make any dish with smoked salmon IN it! Also great tip about getting smoked salmon trimmings to keep the costs down!

Alex

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Made my mouth water and will definitely try the recipe this week. Thank you for sharing these culinary treats!

Beth

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Yummy! This bread look so tasty and amazing! So excited to make this very soon. My daughter and I are going to love this!

Sarah James

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Thanks Beth, do let me know how you get on :-)

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Saturday 26th of June 2021

This looks such a delicious loaf - I am definitely going to be making one and popping some in the kids lunchboxes. Tasty and healthy too!

Sarah James

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Thanks Bintu, it does make a healthy addition to lunchboxes. I hope your kids enjoy Savoury Courgette Bread.

Lauren

Saturday 26th of June 2021

What a delicious take on a savoury loaf!