French Savory Cake with Rice Flour
In France, savory cake is called cake salé. Salé means salty or savory. The texture is similar to a crustless quiche or frittata. Ingredients for this homey dish can vary from any vegetables to meat, cheese, and sometimes nuts. It can be served at room temperature or toasted, any time of the day. Since there is no need to sift the rice flour or pre-cook the vegetables, this recipe is particularly easy to make. Asparagus will give it a perfect texture.
Rice flour does not form lumps because it absorbs liquid and fat differently from wheat flour, making it a perfect thickener for sauce and soup, as well as for baking breads and cakes.
Non-dairy options: Substitute milk with the same amount of soy, almond, or oat milk.
Dried shredded daikon (Japanese radish, available online or at Asian grocery stores) is rich with fiber, calcium, vitamins B1 and B12, iron, and it is low in calories. The smell can be strong, but it goes away by soaking in cold water before cooking.
All rice flour is naturally gluten-free. Make this dish completely gluten-free by using gluten-free substitutes for other ingredients as needed.
|1oz/30g||dried shredded daikon (optional)|
|2 tablespoons (30ml)||vegetable oil|
|½ cup (40g)||parmesan cheese, grated|
|1 cup (280ml)||soy milk, unsweetened|
|Salt and pepper to taste|
|¾ cup (120g)||rice flour|
|1⅓ teaspoons (6g)||baking powder|
|6||cherry tomatoes, sliced in half|
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line loaf pan with parchment paper or coat lightly with oil. Rinse dried shredded daikon (if using), soak in cold water for 5 minutes, then drain and chop. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix eggs, vegetable oil, parmesan cheese, milk, and the chopped daikon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Combine the rice flour and baking powder into the egg mixture.
Cut asparagus into 1-1 1/2 inch (3-4cm) pieces. Save the tips for topping.
Pour one half of the egg mixture into the lined loaf pan. Place asparagus and cocktail sausages lengthwise to the pan, then pour the remaining egg mixture. Top with asparagus tips and cherry tomatoes.
inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool and serve.
- This recipe uses US customary units. Measurement equivalents include: 1 teaspoon = 5ml, 1 tablespoon = 15ml, and 1 US cup = 237ml or 8fl oz. (1 metric cup = 250ml or 8.5fl oz.)
- The cooking time using microwave oven in this recipe is based on 1,000W in the US.
- The temperature and baking time may be different depending on the oven used. Please adjust accordingly.
- All rice flour is naturally gluten-free. Make this dish completely gluten-free by using gluten-free substitutes for other ingredients as needed.