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Traditional Guernsey Gâche Melée Dessert Recipe

Cindy has been a writer for a number of years. She enjoys sharing her life experiences and what they have taught her.

Gâche melée is a traditional Guernsey dessert

Gâche melée is a traditional Guernsey dessert

Gâche melée (pronounced "gosh malar") is a traditional Guernsey dessert recipe that is hundreds of years old. Incredibly easy to make, this apple-based pudding/cake can be served hot or cold with cream or ice cream. It is sure to be an instant hit with your family and friends, and I highly recommend you give this recipe a try. Just be warned: It is quite rich and filling, so remember to keep your serving portions to sensible sizes until you establish how much you can comfortably consume.


  • 1 pound cooking apples (weighed after coring and peeling)
  • 5 ounces self-raising flour
  • 5 ounces sugar
  • 3 fluid ounces milk
  • 2 1/2 ounces suet either beef or vegetable
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Chop or thinly slice the apples.
  2. Place all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly together until all the ingredients are combined and no dry mixture remains.
  3. Grease a 7x9" baking tin (do not use a pyrex or ceramic dishes or the bottom of your gâche melée will go soggy during cooking).
  4. Cook at 150 degrees Celsius (gas mark 2) for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until the top is golden, slightly risen and the apples are cooked when tested with a skewer or sharp knife.
  5. Serve hot or cold cut into squares with cream, ice cream or even custard.

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Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 16, 2011:

Hi mtnsally. We also have Guernsey Gache, which is different again to this recipe. Guernsey Gache is like a currant bread/loaf, and is very delicious with butter on.

mtnsally on September 16, 2011:

I read about this treat in a novel THE SOLDIERS WIFE and I am anxious to try it It was just plain Gache in the book though.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 28, 2010:

Hi msorennson, I hope you do try it at home as it is so easy and the results are delicious.

Hi Tatjana, give it a go, you will adore it I promise :)

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on July 28, 2010:

Sounds interesting, especially in combination with eiscream, thank you for sharing, Cindy...

msorensson on July 28, 2010:

Wow...the dessert has a name after all..I don't remember where I was served this. In Colorado, aeons ago...

Thank you. Someday I will try to make it some day, mistyhorizon.

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