Ham & Cheese Cake

Side Dishes —
ESSE baked ham and cheese cake

This is a lovely savoury cake to make with leftover bits of cheese, ham or olives left in the fridge. It’s great picnic food or a nice savoury treat to serve with an aperitif. It’s definitely one to experiment with, would be delicious with stilton and walnuts or chopped mozzarella and chorizo, the choice is yours.


  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 200g Grated cheese of your choice, or you can include some crumbled feta.
  • 200g ham or cooked bacon, chopped small
  • 150g melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 7g (1 sachet) fast action dry yeast
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C
  2. Grease a large loaf tin.
  3. Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Scrape into the prepared tin.
  4. Leave in a warm place to rise for an hour, the top of the ESSE is ideal.
  5. Bake for 10 mins and then turn the oven down to 180˚C and bake for a further 25-30 minutes.  Insert a skewer into the centre to check that it is cooked through, it may need a few minutes longer.
  6. Leave the cake in the tin to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, turn out and ideally eat warm.
  7. Leftover cake keeps well for up to 5 days wrapped in greaseproof paper and stored in the fridge.

Recipe by Roxy Bannerman, Roxy’s Sauces.

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