Saturday, February 16, 2013

Petits beurres cake (le gateau aux petits beurres)

My son just loves Tiramisù. And as often as I can, I use to bake it for him. 

But it takes time and most of all I have to find the right biscuits. 
I bake it the real italian biscuits Pavesini, not with sponges fingers.
And even if we're not too far from Italy, I don't find them easily.

So I found a solution.
I bake a very popular cake, in France, the "Gâteau aux petits beurres".

I don't know if "Petits beurres" can be found easily in other countries. And if they're expensive or not. Maybe you can replace them by sweet butter cookies.

Here, it's a familial biscuit and each child knows petit-beurre.
There are "le petit beurre" or "Le Petit Brun". These are two different packages, but the taste is extremely similar.

This cake is not a french Tiramisù ! Nothing can be compare to Tiramisù !
Which means "Get me out of here" ...
Just because it's eaten at the end of "heavy" dinner. And as there's coffee and a little bit of alcohol, it's supposed to, by its lightness, prevent you to fall asleep with your little belly full to die ! :)

No, the only similar taste of this french cake is the coffee. But it's a very good cake too. My son loved it !

In the traditional recipe, you would use a "crème au beurre" (butter cream). But I didn't want it to be too nauseating. It's a little bit too rich for us.
In this recipe, butter is melted with white eggs and that's fine ! 

Here' the recipe, for 6 persons : 
  • 48 petits beurres (in France, 2 packet)
  • 14 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 3 cups of strong black coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 120 grammes of unsalted butter
  • Some black chocolate powder, in decoration, but it's not obligatory.

Step 1 : 
Whisk yolks and sugar, until it becomes clear.



Step 2 :
On the meantime, make your butter soften a little bit in your micro wave. It mustn't be melt. 
Then, add it to the sugar/yolks and whip all that until it becomes a sort of cream. Mine were ... strange ... :)


Step 3 : 
Beat your eggs whites (always with a small pinch of salt) and add them gently, to your butter cream. 




Step 4 : 
Now, take your petits beurres and soak them, one by one and quickly, in the coffee.



Step 5 : 
Arrange them in a dish, side by side and cover them with the cream butter. 



No need to be perfect ! 
You can build 6 heights of biscuits. 


Then, put it in the fridge for one hour. And you can sprinkle some chocolate before serving.

Bon appétit ! 


Dear Jamie, maybe you would like it, for your sunday diner :)


Recapitulative for 6 persons : 
  • 48 petits beurres (in France, 2 packet)
  • 14 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 3 cups of strong black coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 120 grammes of unsalted butter
  • Some black chocolate powder, in decoration, but it's not obligatory.
Whisk yolks and sugar, until they become clear.

On the meantime, make your butter soften a little bit in your micro wave. It mustn't be melt. 
Then, add it to the sugar/yolks and whip all that until it becomes a cream. 

Beat your eggs whites (always with a small pinch of salt) and add them gently, to your butter cream. 

Now, take your petits beurres and soak them, one by one and quickly, in the coffee.

Arrange them in a dish, side by side and cover them with the cream butter. 

You can build 6 heights of biscuits. 

Then, put it in the fridge for one hour. And you can sprinkle some chocolate before serving.

6 comments:

  1. Yum, we love to order Tiramisu when we eat out. Your recipe seems like one even I could make at home. Thank you!
    love and prayers, jep

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jep ! Very friendly :)

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  2. Oh yum! A wonderful way of enjoying Tiramisu the express and fuss-free way! Fantastic, Axelle!

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    1. Thank you, Joyce !! This is a TPB : Tiramisù-Petits-Beurres :)

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  3. Dear Axelle-Thank you for once again sharing your recipes. Last night's Sunday Dinner was composed of recipes from you including this most delicious!!! dessert. It was all so scrumptious! My guests were raving-guests consisting of my husband and children. The butter cookies we used come in circles with scalloped edges. They are called "maries": probably because the cookies are made in Mexico and Marie is a popular name there. We have dubbed these petits beurres cakes as "maries misu". Keep cookin'! Regards-Jamie

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    1. Dear Jamie, you're making my day ! I'm very happy to know you could use butter cookies ti make this dessert. And i DO LOVE the name you gave to this cake !! :D
      So great ! Friendly !

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