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Traditional Guernsey Gâche Melée Recipe

Updated on April 22, 2011

Gâche Melée (pronounced "Gosh Malar") is a traditional Guernsey dessert recipe that is hundreds of years old. An incredibly easy to make apple based pudding / cake that can be eaten hot or cold with cream or ice-cream and one that is sure to be an instant hit with your family and friends. I highly recommend you give this recipe a try. It is quite rich and therefore very filling, so remember to keep your serving portions to sensible sizes until you establish how much you can comfortably consume.


1 lb of cooking apples weighed after  coring and peeling.

5oz self raising flour.

5oz of sugar.

3 fl.oz of milk.

21/2oz of suet either beef or vegetable.

A pinch of salt.


Chop or thinly slice the apples.

Place all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly together until all the ingredients are combined and no dry mixture remains.

Grease a seven inch by nine inch baking tin, (do not use pyrex or ceramic dishes or the bottom of your Gâche Melée will go soggy during cooking).

Cook the Gâche Melée at 150 degrees Celsius (gas mark 2) for one and a half to one and three quarters hours, or until the top is golden, slightly risen and the apples are cooked when tested with a skewer or sharp knife.

Serve hot or cold cut into squares with cream, ice-cream or even custard.


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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi mtnsally. We also have Guernsey Gache, which is different again to this recipe. Guernsey Gache is like a currant bread/loaf, and is very delicious with butter on.

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      mtnsally 6 years ago

      I read about this treat in a novel THE SOLDIERS WIFE and I am anxious to try it It was just plain Gache in the book though.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi msorennson, I hope you do try it at home as it is so easy and the results are delicious.

      Hi Tatjana, give it a go, you will adore it I promise :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Sounds interesting, especially in combination with eiscream, thank you for sharing, Cindy...

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Wow...the dessert has a name after all..I don't remember where I was served this. In Colorado, aeons ago...

      Thank you. Someday I will try to make it some day, mistyhorizon.