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Monday, February 22, 2016

Alpha Bakers: Mini Gateaux Breton

To this day I still remember the Gateaux Breton that I made from Rose's Heavenly Cakes. I baked it on June 20th, 2010 (!!!) as a catch up post since I missed it on the baking schedule. It was funny to see this old photo and I still remembered where I took this in the house. This cake was a good memory - it was the first time I made or eat anything that has Gateaux in the name, and it was also the moment that I learned Gateaux is French for cake.

The version we are making now for the Baking Bible is a mini one. They look so cute in the book and I was very excited to make them. They are also super easy and tasty. And Marie, I made 1/2 recipe of this!

By the way, I know this is a baking post, but I just started a sweater I'm very excited about so that's why it's in the picture :).

Step by step photos:

I do not mind the skin on the almonds, so I usually get whatever sliced almonds I could find. Roasting the almonds is an added step but it adds so much flavor to the cookie.

Pulverized with salt and a bit of the sugar.

Creamed the butter and sugar.

Add the pulverized almonds, egg, vanilla, and dark rum.

The dough - after adding the flour. It went to rest in the fridge to make it a bit less sticky for shaping.

I didn't look for the mini brioche pans because well, the odds of me making this very often is slim. And I have this cute daisy silicone pan from Wilton so I used it. Since the molds are bigger, I put 30 grams of dough and only had enough dough to fill 7 of them.

Since they are bigger, they baked 15 minutes longer than the recipe calls for. I was tempted to bake them even longer since they don't seem to brown much but I didn't want to dry them out.

They came out perfect. Hubby tried one and gave his thumb's up.

Alpha Bakers is a group of bakers who are baking through The Baking Bible, Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest cookbook. Come check out the rest of the group at Rose's Alpha Bakers.


  1. Was waiting to see how everyone liked it or not.. before I bake them. Now seeing yours, I'm sold. I'm going to bake them tonight. :)

  2. So adorable--I love them in the flower pan version! How could you cut this recipe in half? It's already so tiny it barely exists!

  3. How cute these are! Love the color of the yarn for your new sweater.

  4. What sweet daisies! I like to knit but I don't have the patience. As soon as I drop a stitch it's all over.

  5. OM Gosh what beautiful Bretons! Your big one is gorgeous and the little ones are adorable. Nice.


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