Friday, August 1, 2014

FFWD ~ Gâteau Basque


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!
Look at the raspberry jam just oozing out of this lovely Gâteau Basque 
A keeper for sure….

30 comments:

  1. Wow - best cake ever designation from Bill! I am impressed. (Although, I think I would call it a cookie - Dorie called it a pop tart) I am sure the raspberry filling went really well with the cookie like texture.

    I thought it was good. Unfortunately, everyone in my house ate their obligatory piece and the rest ended up getting thrown out. I guess I didn't wow them with this one :-(

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  2. Yes, a few members of my family enjoyed what little was left of the cake for breakfast... an everyday treat that I wouldn't mind if I could get my daughter to bake it regularly. Yours looks scrumptious.

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  3. Your gateau looks perfect. My husband really liked this as well. I am looking forward to making it again. Now I am on the hunt for preserved lemons.

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  4. Wow, this looks amazing Kathy. Kind of like two wonderful, big cookies filled with a fabulous filling. It seems that all of the bloggers loved this one.

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  5. High praise from Bill. Yay! Was that your own homemade raspberry jam you used? I enjoyed this one too. I love that it uses mostly pantry items and can be put together so easily.

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  6. Everyone loved this, but that is some pretty serious praise from Bill! Bravo!!!

    PS, it looks gorgeous and I want a piece!

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  7. This looks heavenly! It's like huge jam cookie.

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  8. Love the variety of fruit fillings used by the Doristas and raspberries is another great choice!

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  9. yours looks fantastic Kathy - and if its the best cake you have ever made, I'll bet you will be needing to make it again soon!! : ) Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  10. This looks like the perfect simple treat for a summertime meal. Plus, I like easy desserts! Pastry cream would give it an entirely different appeal. Hum, I wonder how chocolate-hazelnut cream would taste? There are so many possibilities!

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  11. I used Blueberry jam and it was great. I think, really, any jam would do just right. And I think it's a cookie!!!

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  12. I agree, this would be really nice for a sweet treat with coffee or tea. I made mine with home made strawberry jam. I thought it was nice, and I think it looks quite impressive. High praise with the "best cake ever". Well done!!!

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  13. Kathy - is looks simply amazing. I can't wait to give it a try! Beautiful scoring, and presentation! And will Bill's endorsement, maybe Mark will like it, too!

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  14. Your Gâteau Basque looks so good!! I really like pastry so this would be perfect for me- the texture looks amazing!

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  15. Hi Kathy!
    Oh my word isn't that just gorgeous. It reminds me of a pastry I had as a child but for the life of me I can't remember if it was a cake, torte or tart, lol...I do remember how yummy it was and yours looks absolutely out of this world! Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...

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  16. Bill has good taste. This is one of my favorite desserts from Dorie's AMFT also. I'm sure you can think of various fillings to change it up and keep wowing him with this dessert. I didn't even think it needed ice cream or any topping. I liked the non-sweetness of it. Your cake did look beautiful.

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  17. Hi Kathy, this dessert of yours is great with a cup of tea or coffee. From the pics can see that this recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing and regards :)

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  18. A giant jam cookie in my eyes, what a delicious recipe :D
    Love this wonderful basque!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  19. Lovely french cake!!!
    this is just perfect for brunch break....

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  20. What a pretty cake! And you can't beat that compliment.

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  21. Isn;'t it wonderful to find a recipe that works perfectly and is delicious! your cake is a winner!
    mary

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  22. Love that this cake/cookie/dessert was such a hit. "Best ever" is some serious complimenting ;) We adored this one as well, in part because it is similar to a favorite family recipe (Breton cake) and in part because Dorie's recipe was simply fabulous ;)

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  23. Wow, high praise indeed. Sometimes it's these more simple recipes which turn out to be the winners.

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  24. Bill liked it a lot, too....I wasn't sure whether he would, but I'm glad it was a winner for both our guys! I think Bill would have liked it with raspberry jam, too :)

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  25. Your cake looks delicious, no wonder it was a hit!

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  26. I love the idea of something this versatile!

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  27. This was a hit here, too. I might have to do a gluten-free version for Kevin some time. I think he'd like it. Yours is beautiful!

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