Recipes from Champagne-Ardenne, France: Gateau Mollet

Recipes from Champagne-Ardenne, France

Gâteau Mollet

Country: Champagne-Ardenne, France
Course: Dessert
Makes: 6-9 servings


  • 2 tbsp yeast (yes, that's a lot of yeast)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • Chocolate mousse (for serving)


  1. First mix the yeast with the sugar, salt and water. Stir to dissolve. Add 2 tbsp of the flour and mix well, then let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Put the flour into a large bowl and make a hole in the middle. Break the eggs and pour them one at a time into the hole. Puncture the yolks, then add the yeast. Mix until smooth, then add the butter and continue mixing until you have a dough.
  3. Place in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise for two hours.
  4. Butter a bundt pan or other cake mold. Punch down the dough and press it into the pan. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise for another 30 minutes, or until it almost reaches the top of the pan.
  5. Preheat your oven to 445 degrees (I know that's a weird number, but remember that I'm translating from celcius). Remove the cloth and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it starts to become a beautiful golden color. Serve warm with chocolate mousse.