Gateau Basque Recipe


– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened – 1 cup granulated sugar – 1 whole large egg – 2 large egg yolk – 1/2 lemon or orange (zest of) – 1 ½ cups + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling – 1 tsp baking powder – 3/4 tsp table salt – Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top


Start off by making the cake. To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and beat until smooth.

Add in the sugar, egg and egg yolks to the mixture, as well as the lemon or orange zest, and beat until combined well.

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, then stir on low speed to combine. Once a sticky, cookie-like dough forms, stop the mixer.

Place a large sheet of plastic wrap on your counter. Scrape the dough out of the mixing bowl and onto the plastic wrap.

Now create the pastry cream. To a large bowl, add the egg, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk to combine until it’s pale yellow in color.

Add in the cornstarch, flour, and salt and whisk to combine. Temporarily set aside.