Household cake (Gâteau de ménage)

Step by step recipe:

  1. 5 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #1
    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.
  2. 5 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #2
    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.
  3. 2 hoursHousehold cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #3
    Gather up the dough, and put under a damp tea-towel in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  4. 10 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #4
    Meanwhile, prepare the cream:

    In a bowl mix 50 g caster sugar, 10 g Vanilla sugar, 3 egg yolks and 200 ml cream.
  5. Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #5
    Check that the dough has about doubled in size.
  6. 3 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #6
    Tip onto floured working surface, and divide in two.
  7. 5 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #7
    Put each half into a pie dish, mould or tin.
  8. 1 hourHousehold cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #8
    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.
  9. Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #9
    At the end of this time, preheat oven to 200°C or 392°F.
  10. 3 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #10
    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.
  11. 3 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #11
    Pour half of the cream in the centre of each cake, and put in the oven without delay.
  12. 25 min.Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #12
    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.

Source:

Home made.

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