Savory Ham & Cheese Bread

adapted from The New York Times


1 ¾ c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
¼ t. black pepper
3 large eggs
1/3 c. whole milk
1/3 c. olive oil
6 oz. baked ham, cut into ¼″ cubes
6 oz. Gruyere, coarsely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter a loaf pan generously with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl lightly whisk the eggs, then whisk in the milk and olive oil.
  4. With a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just mixed. Fold in ham and cheese.
  5. Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a cake test comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  6. Cool loaf in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then, turn it onto the rack and cool completely.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This bread tastes best when served warm. I am always able to give my daughter a slice to try after she wakes up from her nap. It also keeps well in the fridge when wrapped tightly.

Naptime Stopwatch

Making the batter takes about 20 minutes. Baking time is 40-50 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

This is a hit with adults and children. My daughter still seems to pick the ham out of the bread sometimes, claiming she doesn’t like it, but eats it on other occasions. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

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