I've discovered another reason why I am not a baker: I don't like stuff. I'm a minimalist by nature. I like to fill my surrounding with space, not things, but baking requires things.
I have been pretty good at keeping the bakers in my house away from uni-taskers gadgets, but when my daughter looked at the Gateau Basque recipe and declared that she was not going to make another 8 inch cake in a 9 inch pan because they come out too flat, I had to agree with her.
Of course, Bed Bath and Beyond the store that I have numerous coupons for, did not have an 8 inch pan. We ended up buying one at Williams Sonoma. We do pay more at this store, but what we get usually ends up being an item that we love and never have to replace. I rather have a few good things, than a lot of things that I am not truly happy with. The pans are lovely, they are nonstick and dishwasher safe Gold-Touch Nonstick Round Cake Pans.
I have drooled over the picture of this cake in my Around my French Table cookbook since I got it. The name caught my attention too because I have been interested in the people of the Basque region since I was a kid and hung out with a girl named Maria Basque. Her father was a Jai alai player and she traveled around the world living for a few years where ever he played. Yes, we had a Jai alai fronton in New Haven, CT. It was there for years until it either shut down or was closed because games were being rigged. Gambling is part of the Jai alai experience.
But, back to the cake. My daughter found it really interesting to make because you fill it like a pie, it looks like a cake, but it tastes like a cookie!
We were not disappointed in the flavor of this cake, super buttery and we used dark cherry jam from France that tasted amazing. However, we made a little mistake in the batter. My daughter made a gluten-free version using America's Test Kitchen's flour mixture, but she forgot to add xanthan gum which is key to holding the final product together. Our cake was a little crumbly, so it broke a bit when we took it out of the pan... crumbs don't matter to the mice in my house; the cake was still gobbled up by the end of the day.
Dorie shared this recipe on NPR so enjoy!
Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review.