Household cake (Gâteau de ménage)
For 2 cakes, you will need:
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).
Resting : 3 hours
Cooking : 25 min.
Start to finish : 3 hours 59 min.
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Step by step recipe:
Start the mixer at low speed until mixture is homogeneous.
Turn the speed up a little, then add 130 g butter a little at a time.
Continue mixing for a few minutes until the mixture is homogeneous.
Gather up the dough, and put under a damp tea-towel in a warm place for about 2 hours.
Check that the dough has about doubled in size.
Tip onto floured working surface, and divide in two.
Put each half into a pie dish, mould or tin.
And with your hand (dusted with flour to avoid sticking), spread dough evenly over the dish.
Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rise for one hour.
At the end of this time, preheat oven to 200°C or 392°F.
With a tablespoon (dusted with flour to avoid sticking), create a kind of hollow in the centre of the pie to receive the cream filling.
Pour half of the cream in the centre of each cake, and put in the oven without delay.
Remove from the oven when the cake is golden brown, after about 25 minutes.
Remarks:The domestic cake or "goumeau cake" goes dry rapidly, so best eaten on the day it's made.
Unfortunately it's getting difficult to find a good household cake, even in its region of origin,the Haut-Doubs. By "good", I mean: fresh-baked that day, light, not just sweetened in a hurry, but with a true cream. It's a great pity that bakers from Franche-comté are allowing this traditional recipe to be forgotten.
Last modified on: February 21th 2011
Your 2 comments or questions on this recipe:
I never says when or where to add the SALT????
Comment #1 posted on november 16th 2011 at 19:51 by Cin.
There is no salt in this recipe?
Comment #2 posted on november 17th 2011 at 09:38 by jh.