ham, olive and cheese loaf for a cheap family meal
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Bacon, Olive & Cheese Loaf Cake

A savoury Loaf Cake stuffed full of bacon or ham, olives & cheese. Can be used for all occasions
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Picnic, School Lunches
Cuisine: French
Keyword: budget meals, cake, cheap family recipes, loaf, savoury
Dietary Requirements: Nut Free
Other: Freezes Well
Servings: 6
Calories: 582kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
Cost: 34p



  • 150 ml olive oil Asda £1.50/litre,3p
  • 250 g self raising flour  45p/1.5 kg, 7p
  • 1 tsp baking powder 2p
  • 3 tblsp sweet smoked paprika Rajah 50p/100g, 12p
  • ½ tsp dried thyme 59p/17g, 1p
  • 100 g cheddar  £3.69/825g, 45p
  • 150 g cooking bacon 600g/67p, 17p
  • 100 g green olives  59p/310g, 30p
  • ½ tsp black pepper 1p
  • 4 eggs 53p


  • Priced at Asda April 2019
    Line a 1.5 litre loaf tin. I use a silicone liner like this one, which I can use over and over again. Or you can line it with baking parchment
  • Grill the bacon until crispy, keeping all the juices. Leave to cool.
  • In a bowl, sieve in the flour, baking powder and paprika. Add the olives, cheese, bacon and all the juices, thyme and pepper and mix well together.
  • Use a jug to whisk together the eggs, oil and milk.
  • Now treat the mixture like a muffin and tip the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing just enough to combine. Lots of mixing will toughen the finished loaf. Transfer the mixture to the lined tin and bake at 200c/400f/gas mark 6 for 45-50 minutes until golden. Leave in the tin for a few minutes to firm up before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.  click here to start a 45 minute timer 


If enjoying this glorious loaf as a main meal, serve 1/6 per person with a salad of iceberg and cucumber, or some hot veg. It’s pretty difficult to cut into neat slices when hot, so if you want it hot, I would make it in individual portions in small loaf tins or muffin tins.
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Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4030IU | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 3mg