Monday, January 08, 2007

A Breton Gateau

Simply effortless, I present my Breton Gateau........very much a delicious dessert or tea cake that is still assembled today using the classic technique of fusing the ingredients, a la doigt.......actually, all of your fingers will participate patting down this rich, buttery cake batter. There are numerous traditional recipes from Brittany that are availabe. I chose this recipe because it just tastes is so flavorful . Put on the tea pot, slice a warm piece of cake and get ready for a mouth watering , sweet experience.

1 1/2 cups of sugar.
2 cups of flour.
1 teaspoon of vanilla.
6 tablespoons of room temperature butter.
5 egg yolks.
1 tablespoon of milk.
1/4 teaspoon of lemon or orange zest.

Mix all seven ingredients in a bowl and squeeze the mixture gingerly with your fingers until everything is very well mixed and blended. Press the batter evenly into a buttered springform pan. Draw lines across with fork. I turned my fork over for a smoother look. Brush the top of the batter with the milk and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and serve warm......with a cup of tea or a side of fresh berries!


sam said...

Hi Jann,

Your Breton Gateau looks fabulous and oh so yummy! Breton Gateau is something that has been on my list of things to make for awhile and I appreciate the inspiration. Cheers.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

My "Breton" Belle Mere left today after staying withus for two months. I can tell you your recipes is true blue delcious!!

K & S said...

ooh, can I bring my cup of tea over and join you?

Tanna said...

Wow, that looks so very good. Yes, I have some wonderful hot jasmine tea, I'll be right over.

Mimi said...

My mouth is watering as I imagine all the toppings that might work with that.

But I am sure it would be equally tasty on its own.

wheresmymind said...

I'm glad you chose this based on taste...there is no more important factor in my book :D

Kristen said...

That looks so good and it seems like a simple dessert that packs a punch. I'll give that a try!

T.W. Barritt said...

Simple and beautiful! That is one special Gateau!

Christine said...

Beautiful cake and simple recipe. What a great combination! Thanks for picking out your favorite one to share with us.
Tell me, does the cake freeze well? In that, could I make it then freeze portions of it to bring out when someone is coming over for tea or coffee?

I'm so glad you like my kitchen!

Anne said...

It looks fantastic. I love the short ingredients list. Easy to get too. Perfect with coffee or tea, n'est-ce pas?

Dianka said...

wow, this looks gorgeous!! Yum!

Martha Marshall said...

M-m-m-m! I will definitely try this one!!