|FFWD ~ Gâteau Basque|
This week our pick for French Fridays is a dessert! It’s been a while since we made anything ooey and gooey! Something decadent…yum! Well, we’ll have to wait just a bit longer for ooey and gooey. This Gâteau Basque is not one of those decadent, sinful desserts, that oozes chocolate and cream. It is however, one of those desserts that is just as comfortable being served for breakfast, brunch or with your afternoon tea, as it is for an after dinner treat! But don’t get me wrong…it’s one delicious cake! Or is it a tart? Maybe it’s a cookie! In the words of my hubby…"It’s one of the best cakes you've ever made!” Whoa!! Really? I’ve made a lot of wonderfully delicious desserts over the years! So many in-fact, I couldn’t pick…although it sounds like he did!
|This was a utterly delicious cake…or is it a tart?|
Dorie writes that the Gâteau Basque, in another region of France, might be called a galette, or torte. However, for the Basque people, it’s a cake and it’s an everyday treat. It's easy to prepare. Mix the dough in your stand mixer, then roll it into two 8 inch round disks. Refrigerate for several hours, or for up to three days.
I chose to leave the dough in the fridge overnight. The next day I took out the disks of dough, and finished the Gâteau, placing one disk into a greased 8-inch cake pan. I then spread it with freshly made raspberry jam, although the recipe called for cherry jam or pastry cream. Then place the second disk on top. Brush with an egg wash, and use the tines of a fork to score the top of the dough in a crosshatch pattern.
This truly was a delicious Gâteau! The raspberry jam was an excellent choice! It was a perfect dessert to enjoy after dinner, on the deck, watching the sun go down. Of course with a cup of tea or coffee! Happy Friday everyone!
You can find the recipe for the Gâteau Basque in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, “Around My French Table”, or here on NPR. To see how the other Doristas did with the Gâteau Basque check it out here.
|I loved this….but Bill...|
|Really, Really loved it!! Best cake ever!|