Guernsey Gâche

Written on 08/29/2018
Mike Le Conte

Gâche (pronounced “gosh”) is a traditional Guernsey delicacy made with dried fruit. Like many traditional Guernsey recipes there is no definitive method to make gâche, this is simply one of the many variations.

Gâche is best served toasted with Guernsey butter. In Guernésiais, gâche means cake, however, it tastes more like a fruit bread than a cake.


1lb wholemeal or plain white flour

½ lb Guernsey butter

2 eggs

4oz mixed peel

1lb sultanas/currants

¼ pint Guernsey milk

2oz yeast

Pinch of salt

2oz dark brown sugar


Preheat oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.

Grease and line a 1 kg loaf tin.

Cream butter and sugar together, add the eggs and then mix in the flour.

Warm the milk. Add the yeast & a pinch of salt.

Pour in the warm milk.

Add the fruit, while mixing & kneading the dough.

Leave to rise for two hours.

Transfer dough to the loaf tin and cook until the top is golden brown.