Almond Gâteau Breton
Almond Gâteau Breton is a simply delicious cake that’s so, so easy to make!
Let’s start with a little French lesson. Granted, I was only taught French as a side project in an advanced English class when I was in 5th or 6th grade. Luckily, all we need to know is that this is simply Almond Cake from Brittany. But the French name sounds so much more impressive, doesn’t it?
This cake is really, really simple to make. There is only a short list of ingredients, and those are things you’re likely to have in your kitchen. It mixes quickly and easily, too. In fact, this little cake is so good and so easy that you may find yourself turning to it again and again when you need a simple dessert.
Once baked, the cake is still a simple thing, but in a good way. It’s buttery and full of almond flavor. I’ve often read this type of cake described as a cross between pound cake and shortbread. I think that’s appropriate, as the outside is a bit crisp like shortbread and the inside is dense like a pound cake.
For serving the cake, simply dust it with a bit of confectioners’ sugar. It’s perfectly lovely just like that. I also like to serve it with a simple fruit sauce, like the blueberry compote in these photos. You could also take a shortcut route with lemon curd, fresh berries and whipped cream, or even just some warmed fruit preserves.
This cake recipe comes from one of my new discoveries, Bake from Scratch. As I’m all about baking from scratch, how could I not love a publication dedicated to that? The publisher was kind enough to send me a copy of their most recent issue, and you can get a copy as well by entering the giveaway below. Three entrants will be randomly chosen to receive one of these big, beautiful magazines! Scroll past the recipe to enter.
UPDATE: Contest has closed. Congratulations to the winner!
Hoffman Media provided me with a copy of their magazine as well as the giveaway copies.