The cake is a lot like a scone, but packed with savory ingredients, hence the name. The recipe is fun because the ingredients can be changed up to whatever is on hand in the refrigerator. Manchego cheese, made from sheep's milk, is a new favorite. Not overpowering but definitely a mild and tasty flavor all its own. The cheese is solid and easy to cut into matchstick size pieces so no worries.
Chorizo and Manchego Savory Cake
(adapted from Bon Appetit)
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. fine sea salt
1 t. baking powder
1 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 t. baking soda
4 green onions, thinly sliced (about 2/3 cups)
8 ounces fully cooked smoked chorizo, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
6 ounces Manchego cheese, cut into matchstick-size pieces
1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 c. buttermilk
2 large eggs
6 T. olive oil
1 t. whole grain Dijon mustard
2 t. smoked paprika
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut out a large piece of parchment paper to go into a removable bottom, tart pan. I used a 9-inch tart pan with 3/4-inch high sides.
Whisk first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Add green onions, chorizo, and Manchego cheese; toss to distribute evenly. Whisk ricotta cheese, buttermilk, eggs, oil, and mustard in medium bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just to blend.
Press parchment paper into pan. Spoon batter into parchment. Using damp knife, spread batter evenly in pan. Sift 1/4 teaspoon paprika over batter.
Bake cake until deep golden brown and center springs back when touched lightly, about 30 minutes. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
The cake has a moist texture and easy to eat...I know =).