In honor of Dorie's birthday I prepared a recipe that belongs to my Mother and was handed down from her Mother, my own "Nana". My grandfather came from the town of Scaër, in the city of Brest, in the department of Finistere. Hence the love of Breton cake.
The cake reminds me very much of Dorie's famed butter sablés (if you have not already tried these from her Beurre & Sel cookie shop - you need to do so. Fast.) She refers to her French Shortbread sablé as having "butter, butter, and more butter" (not to mention a bit of bourbon and vanilla).
That is exactly what I recall about this family favorite and so on behalf of Nana and myself, to celebrate Dorie's birthday I made a Breton Cake.
Happiest of Birthdays Dorie !!
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) of salted butter, softened
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla