Gâteau Breton

Hello everybody!

It’s time for cake and for this, nothing better than a buttery cake from Brittany! This region is very well know for its delicious cookies and cakes and I’m sure you must have heard of Kouign Amann and shortbread cookies.

This cake is actually a bit of a mix as the texture and taste are similar to both a shortbread cookie and a cake, and it’s simply delicious. For this cake, you need nothing more but a lot of butter, sugar and egg yolks! And that’s exactly what makes it so good!

Every of my visits to Brittany always end up with at least one piece of this cake so it always brings some nostalgia to me. What is fantastic about this cake is the texture as the sides get crumbly like a shortbread cookie but the inside is soft like a cake.

The butter flavor also comes up beautifully in the cake and even though there is quite a bit of sugar, the sweetness is very well balanced by the salt in the butter. This cake is very easy to make and only requires a few ingredients so it’s very convenient! If you have never tried this “bretonne” recipe, then don’t waste a minute!

Let’s start baking!

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  • 450 g flour
  • 350 g salted butter
  • 300 g sugar
  • 6 eggs yolks + 1 for brushing


1- Let the butter at room temperature until it is soft. Preheat the oven at 355 F. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour and sugar together.

2- Add the soft butter and mix well with your fingers until it is fully incorporated. Add in the egg yolks and knead the dough again until homogeneous.

3- Add the dough in a round cake pan and smooth the top. Brush with the remaining egg yolk and trace lines with a fork or knife. Bake for 45 min. Let the cake cool down and enjoy!

Gâteau breton is a delicious cake with a rich butter flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. It’s a great cake for any occasion but it’s especially good with a coffee or tea on the side!

gâteau breton recipe

I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.

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