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Household cake (Gâteau de ménage)

Household cake (Gâteau de ménage)
A traditional recipe from Franche-comté, it's a flat round kind of brioche, covered with an egg cream called "Goumeau".
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For 2 cakes, you will need:

Nutritional information:

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 Per 100 g 
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  • Average note : 2.7/3

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).


Preparation : 34 min.
Resting : 3 hours
Cooking : 25 min.
Start to finish : 3 hours 59 min.

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 For 2 cakes : 3.35 €
 Per cake : 1.68 €

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Step by step recipe:

Warm 50 ml milk, then pour into the bowl of a mixer with 50 ml liquid cream and 30 g caster sugar.

Add 250 g flour, 20 g yeast and 2 eggs.

Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #1
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.

Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #2
Gather up the dough, and put under a damp tea-towel in a warm place for about 2 hours.
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #3
Meanwhile, prepare the cream:

In a bowl mix 50 g caster sugar, 10 g Vanilla sugar, 3 egg yolks and 200 ml cream.

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Check that the dough has about doubled in size.
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Tip onto floured working surface, and divide in two.
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Put each half into a pie dish, mould or tin.
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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.

Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #8
At the end of this time, preheat oven to 200°C or 392°F.
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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.
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #10
Pour half of the cream in the centre of each cake, and put in the oven without delay.
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #11
Remove from the oven when the cake is golden brown, after about 25 minutes.
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #12


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.


Home made.

Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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Your 2 comments or questions on this recipe:

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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.

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