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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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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 2 cakes, you will need:

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34 min.3 hours25 min.3 hours 59 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 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.
Stage 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.
Stage 3
2 hours
Household 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.
Stage 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.
Stage 5
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #5 Check that the dough has about doubled in size.
Stage 6
3 min.
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #6 Tip onto floured working surface, and divide in two.
Stage 7
5 min.
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #7 Put each half into a pie dish, mould or tin.
Stage 8
1 hour
Household 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.
Stage 9
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage) : Photo of step #9 At the end of this time, preheat oven to 200°C or 392°F.
Stage 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.
Stage 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.
Stage 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.

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 2 cakes : 3.68 €
Per cake : 1.84 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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Your 2 comments or questions on this recipe

  • I never says when or where to add the SALT????
    Posted by Cin november 16th 2011 at 19:51 (n° 1)
  • There is no salt in this recipe?
    Posted by jh november 17th 2011 at 09:38 (n° 2)

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