Traditional Guernsey Gâche Melée Dessert Recipe

Updated on August 25, 2019
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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.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 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

Instructions

  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 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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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      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.

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      mtnsally 

      8 years ago

      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.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      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 :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

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

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      msorensson 

      9 years ago

      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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