a traditional breton cake

Originally from my blog Life with Lizzi last summer, this is a great easy cake recipe that I plan to bake this afternoon when back in Brussels after a weekend in NL, providing the chickens have done their duty and left us some eggs!!  (of course when you’re in Brittany, you can always cheat and buy it at the local market!!)


July 30th 2011


I have been struggling this holiday to get motivated in the kitchen.  Actually to get motivated at all, at times.  I have even once or twice taken over the male domain of the BBQ (shock horror!) after realising in the first week, that sans Hubbie means you have to DIY!

So it was lovely to see the Boys this afternoon, get into the Girls domain for a change and tackle a cake recipe from my ‘cuisine de Bretagne’ french cookbook, chosen by my son as it’s his favourite cake to eat from the bakery in Foret Fousenant.

We used up the last of our chicken eggs that Hubbie had brought down from Brussels, and a few simple ingredients out of the cupboard.

A great simple little cake, that was really easy, even by the Boys standards!  Must let go of the BBQ tongs and get back in the kitchen sometime soon!


Gateau Breton


  • 150g melted butter
  • 200g flour
  • 125g powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk


Preheat the oven to 180 deg.

In a bowl, beat the 2 eggs together, and add the sugar.  Mix well with a fork.  Add the butter, and then beat in the flour slowly.

Pour the mixture into a small flan tray, 3cm deep.  Spread the egg yolk over the top, and then make a pattern using a fork.

Cook in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.


Originally published last summer on Life with Lizzi – Day 209 – Gateau breton « Life with Lizzi.




6 thoughts on “a traditional breton cake

  1. Mmmm, that looks good! Do you know that I’ve never made a Gâteau Breton – as you say, so easy to just buy one, or a portion of one, at the boulangerie/pâtisserie. But I think I might try this afternoon – the ingredients are those one always has in the cupboard.

    • I can’t believe it! Hope you corrected that this afternoon and are looking forward to a whole week of Gateau Breton!! We were too late in Brussels (we had such lovely weather at the coast we were loath to leave) so I will aim to bake it later this week.

  2. Bonjour la Bretagne! First of all, thanks for the link. Your house looks wonderful. This type of recipe is what I miss down under: real local French patisseries. I will definitely give this one a try.

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