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Gâteau Basque

Gâteau Basque

This traditional Basque dessert is similar to a gâteau breton (brittany butter cake), but very moist as it is filled with a rum-flavoured confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream).

This is a fairly simple recipe, though as the dough is fragile and difficult to handle, I offer a useful tip to make this easier.

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Last modified on: September 11th 2018

For 1 gâteau, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
1 hour 8 min.1 hour 3 min.40 min.2 hours 51 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
30 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #1 Prepare the confectioner's custard with 4 egg yolks, 66 g caster sugar, 330 ml whole milk and 25 g cornflour, using the method explained here.

When the custard is cooked, add 2 tablespoons rum, mix well and cover.

Set aside in the refrigerator.
Stage 2
5 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #2 Put into a food-mixer bowl: 300 g flour, 120 g butter, 190 g caster sugar, 10 g Vanilla sugar, 2 eggs, 10 g baking powder and ½ teaspoon fine (or table) salt.
Stage 3
5 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #3 Start kneading and stop as soon as the dough is evenly mixed.
Stage 4
2 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #4 Weigh the dough and divide into 2 unequal parts: 1/4 and 3/4.
Stage 5
7 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #5 Roll out the smaller piece of dough between 2 sheets of cooking parchment into a circle...
Stage 6
7 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #6 ...the size of your tin or mould.

Using 2 sheets of cooking parchment makes it easier to roll out the soft, fragile dough.
Stage 7
1 hour
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #7 Then roll out the larger piece of dough, again using 2 sheets of cooking parchment, into a circle a little larger (by about 1 inch / 2 or 3 cm) than your tin.

Lay both circles, still in their papers, on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Stage 8
3 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #8 After this, the dough will be firmer and easier to handle.

Take the larger circle out of the fridge, carefully remove the paper and lay the dough in the tin.

Preheat your oven at 360°F (180°C).
Stage 9
4 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #9 Fill the case with the rum-flavoured custard and level the top.
Stage 10
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #10 Turn the edges of the dough in towards the centre.
Stage 11
2 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #11 Take the remaining circle out of the fridge, carefully remove the paper and lay in the tin like a "lid" on top of the custard filling.
Stage 12
3 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #12 Glaze the top of the cake.
Stage 13
3 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #13 If you like, you can decorate the top by marking the dough with a fork. Use a bit of pressure, or the marks will disappear during cooking.
Stage 14
40 min.
Gâteau Basque  : Photo of step #14 Bake for 40 minutes.

Best eaten cold, the gâteau Basque will only improve if kept for a day or two.

Remarks

For an even more pronounced rum flavour, add a tablespoonful to the bowl before mixing the dough.

Nutritional information

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

How much will it cost?

For 1 gâteau : 3.25 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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