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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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
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Gather up the dough, and put under a damp tea-towel in a warm place for about 2 hours.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
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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
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Check that the dough has about doubled in size.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Tip onto floured working surface, and divide in two.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Put each half into a pie dish, mould or tin.

Stage 8 - 1 hour
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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.

Stage 9
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At the end of this time, preheat oven to 200°C or 392°F.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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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.

Stage 11 - 3 min.
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Pour half of the cream in the centre of each cake, and put in the oven without delay.

Stage 12 - 25 min.
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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

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,375 Kcal or 14,130 Kj63 gr294 gr219 gr
169 %24 %28 %33 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
353 Kcal or 1,478 Kj7 gr31 gr23 gr
18 %3 %3 %3 %
Per cake
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,688 Kcal or 7,067 Kj32 gr147 gr110 gr
84 %12 %14 %17 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Home made.

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