Gateau Basque

We dove into desserts this week for French Fridays with Dorie, gateau basque page 470.  Dorie describes this as a double-crusted tart in which the crust is like butter cookies.  The filling is traditionally pastry cream or thick cherry jam.  I had an abundance of strawberry jam so that is what I used.

I was worried that I did not fit the dough in correctly and I put my jam closer to the edge than the recipe called for but it all worked out.  This cake is quite forgiving.

I allowed the gateau to cool to room temperature before slicing.  It came out perfect and was delicious.  This recipe reminded my husband of his German grandmother’s cookies, it was missing raisins he said.  I scored some points for memories.  I look forward to adding this recipe to my repertoire.

When I am not cooking, I am chasing after our new puppy Hope.
These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  You can see how other members of this group did here.
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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Nana says:

    Your gateau basque looks quite delicious. I used pastry cream and we loved it.I saw your question about preserved lemons, I just purchased a jar at Wegman's herein Pennsylvania. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Liz Berg says:

    So pretty with the jam! And I love your new pup!Our Whole Foods discontinued their preserved lemons. I bought some lemons and know I've made a quick version from a recipe I found on-line. That's probably what I'll have to do.

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  3. Here, we have a couple of fresh markets/ specialty markets that sell preserved lemons. Love that puppy! Have fun 🙂

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  4. Emily says:

    Great looking gateau basque you have there! It will look fab in a picnic basket!

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  5. Diane Balch says:

    Yours rose really nicely and you got a great glaze on it. Well done.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Your cake looks delicious, and so does your puppy. So Cute!In case you didn't seem my reply on the FFwD page, I've made \”quick\” preserved lemons from this recipe:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/dining/20mini.html?_r=2&ref=dining& Good luck.

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  7. Christy says:

    Hope is adorable! Have fun chasing after her!I just had a thought, I wonder how this would be if you put a layer of peanut butter, then the strawberry jam? May have to try this one again – thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. what a sweet puppy! and your basque tart looks pretty sweet, too…I can see just about any flavor jam being tasty with this crust.

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  9. Arisuchan says:

    Hope is adorable!! and your gateau looks and sound delicious, great job!

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  10. TeaLady says:

    Lovely gateau. Cute little puppy.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Hope is adorable!! Your gateau looks delicious! It was a lot of fun to make, I thought.

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  12. Diane, glad that this recipe seems to have been enjoyed by all so much – nice looking gâteau basque!

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  13. Cakelaw says:

    Yes, this was a forgiving recipe, and you can use any jam, I think. Hope is adorable!

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  14. Mary Hirsch says:

    Hope is a great name for a dog. Enjoy your puppy. Darling. I don't have doggies anymore and I miss it. This cake reminded me of a giant cookie also. I had a little jam seep out in one spot but I liked the look of that. It didn't bother me. Yes, it is quite a forgiving dessert. Glad you earned points with your hubby.

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  15. Jora says:

    Raisins? How interesting. Your dog is very cute. Puppies are so much fun!

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  16. Anonymous says:

    I almost made this with strawberry jam – I am sure it was good! Yours looks delicious!

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