Traditional Guernsey Gâche Melée Dessert Recipe

Updated on December 24, 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.


  • 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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    • 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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      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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      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

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

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      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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