If you’re a Guern you’ll have heard of Gâche, an enriched yeast cake laden with fruit and Guernsey butter. You’ll also have heard of Gâche Melée, a totally different apple pudding, traditionally full of suet. They are both a delight and are frequently on our table. Both are calorie-filled so I thought I’d try something different. A fusion of Gâche and Gâche Melée to come up with something a little more healthy = Guernsey Mâche.
So what’s different?
I still have a yeast cake filled with dried fruit but instead of all that butter I’ve substituted puréed apple… and the result?
Dried yeast mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar and 100 mls warm milk, leave until yeast activates.
Add to 500gms bread flour. Add puréed Apple (2 medium cooking apples, skinned, chopped and cooked in a little water) and 50 gm fat (marg or butter, preferably Guernsey). Add 1/2 mug mixed fruit. Knead, leave to prove. Place in prepared loaf tin, leave to prove again. Bake in hot (210 C) oven for 30 minutes.
I didn’t add any spices (it’s just not done 😉) but a little cinnamon and nutmeg would be lovely.