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250 South Northwest Hwy, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.


Savory Ham & Gruyère Cheese Bread

Amy Wright

We’re celebrating National Homemade Bread Day Nov. 17th, the feast day of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, patron saint of bakers & known for her lifelong devotion to feeding the poor. We made this savory quick bread using Villa Gabriella Certified Organic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy it with a salad & a glass of wine for a healthy & delicious snack or light dinner. Yields approx. 15 slices.

Simple Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil extra for brushing the pan
  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups baked ham or thick prosciutto, cut into ¼ cubes (approx. 6 ounces)
  • 1 ¼ cups coarsely grated or cutGruyère cheese (approx. 6 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • *1/3 cup small-diced, pitted Niçoise olives (approx. 1 ¼ ounces), can also be added with cheese & ham

Easy Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350◦ degrees, arrange rack in the oven to the center
  2. Generously brush a loaf pan with olive oil
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour with baking powder, salt & pepper
  4. In another bowl, lightly whisk eggs, followed by whisking in milk, then olive oil
  5. Combine wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, lightly mix together
  6. Add ham & cheese do not over mix, batter will be thick with a few traces of flour
  7. Pour batter into a loaf pan, distribute evenly to all 4 corners & smooth the top
  8. Bake until golden brown approx 40-50 minutes, or if an inserted toothpick or knife into the center comes out clean
  9. Remove from oven & cool approx. 5 minutes, run a knife or spatula around the edges to release. Cool 30 minutes.
  10. Slice & serve at warm or at room temperature & enjoy!



Tried, Tasted & True! At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature. While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think.

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