Thursday, March 15, 2012

Recipe Collection: Gâteau aux Pommes

Laurène (right), near Grammond
Easy, quick and light, this traditional rustic French apple cake recipe comes from the loveliest of French girls, Laurène, who hails from Grammond, a tiny village near Saint-Étienne.

In fact, the recipe goes back to Laurène’s grandmother, so it is a true stéphanois classic! One can always  replace the apple with peaches, apricots, berries... whatever fruit takes your fancy or is the pick of the season!

The finished gâteau!
2 eggs
7 soup spoons of flour (Laurène doesn’t bother to sift anything)
5 or 6 soup spoons of sugar
Half a sachet of yeast powder
A splash of milk
A splash of rum
Apples, peeled and cut into quarters

  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar, then add the flour, the yeast, the rum and the milk. Add enough milk for your mixture to become fluid, kind of like the consistency of thickened cream.
  2. Empty the mixture into a dish, lined with butter and a sprinkling of flour. Lay the apples in a pattern pleasing to the eye.
  3. Leave in the oven for around half an hour. The surface will turn a rich and crispy golden brown when fully cooked.

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