Gâteau Basque

A few months ago, I treated myself to a copy of Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table.  I think I will be making recipes from the this book for a long time.  If the cover photograph alone doesn't pursuade you to purchase this book, I don't know what will!

Although I've had my eye on several recipes, I decided to the gâteau Basque first. 


The recipe is relatively simple, but does require at least three hours of refrigeration for the dough - but that's ok, that'll give you time to find a suitable filling, unless you're lucky enough to have black cherry preserves from France on hand which is one of two traditional fillings the other being a vanilla pastry cream. 

Because I can be a little nit-picky sometimes, I chose to weigh the dough to be sure I had two equal amounts, one for the top and one of the bottom. 

I used blackberry preserves to fill my gâteau. 

Making the crosshatch pattern which denotes that a gâteau basque is filled with pastry cream.  Just to be different, I used the crosshatch pattern on mine, too. 

Looking good.

I've had two pieces already.  I would describe this as a dense cake - somewhat similar to a shortbread cookie and not overly sweet.  The tartness of the blackberry works well with the cake.  It's really tasty with a cup of coffee.  I hope you decide to make this easy dessert!

Gâteau Basque recipe.

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