Guernsey Gâche Mélée (pronounced Gosh Mel Ahh) is a traditional Guernsey baked apple dessert, and one of the finest desserts ever in Paul’s humble opinion! In Guernésiais (Guernsey's local patois), gâche mélée simply means cake mix.
It's made with apples, butter, sugar, flour, a bit of milk and sometimes spices (mum used a quarter teaspoon of mixed spice), all mixed and baked to a delicious golden brown.
At this time of year, with apple harvests being brought in and the nights really drawing in, this is the perfect if somewhat rich dessert. It can be served cold (great for a picnic) though Paul loves it with a generous trickle of Guernsey cream or large dollop of custard.
The recipe below was originally handwritten and gifted to cousin Tina by her mother-in-law. Mum's recipe was similar though with the addition of mixed spice.
We haven't done a video on this yet... though I have a feeling we may!!
1lb cooking apples (weighted after paring and coring)
5oz Self-raising flour
2.5 oz Butter or Suet (vegan option)
3 fluid oz Milk or Oatmilk (vegan option)
1/4 tsp Mixed Spice (optional, and in mum's recipe)
Good pich of salt
Chop apples into small pieces (1/2 inch cubes).
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon until toroughly miced.
Place the mixture into a well-greased tin measuring 7" by 9" and bake on Gas 2 / 300F / 150C / 140 Fan for 1.5 hours, till golden brown and the apples are cooked. Add an extra 15 minutes if needed.
Cut into squares and serve with cream.
Dessert in photo baked by cousin Tina!! 🤗
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