Guernsey Gâche (pronounced Gosh) is one of Guernsey’s definitive delicacies. It’s a special bread made with raisins, sultanas and mixed peel. In Guernésiais, gâche means cake , however it’s more like a fruit bread than a cake.
|Prep Time||:||15 minutes (excluding the overnight soak)|
|Cook Time||:||6-8 hours|
|Total Time||:||6-8 hours|
- 680g (1.5 lbs) wholemeal or plain flour
- 680g (1.5 lbs) Guernsey butter
- Two free range eggs
- 113g (4 oz) candied orange peel
- 454g (1 lb) sultanas (currants may be used, if preferred)
- 118ml (Quarter pint) of Guernsey milk
- 57g (2 oz) yeast
- Pinch of salt
- 57g (2 oz) dark brown sugar
- Wash and dry the fruit.
- Cream the butter with sugar, add the eggs and then mix in the flour.
- Warm the milk, add the yeast and a pinch of salt.
- Make a depression in the dough and pour in the milk with the added yeast and mix well
- Add the fruit and kneading like bread.
- Leave the dough to rise for two hours somewhere warm.
- Knock back (=knead it again and ‘knock out’ all of the air) and then knead again.
- Grease a loaf tin and put in the prepared gâche.
- Cook for one hour in a moderate oven, until the top golden brown.
- Serve with Guernsey Butter (toasted or un-toasted) and a nice pot of tea
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