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Gâteau Basque at Orisson?

OTH86

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On my first night on the Camino (Fall 2013), at Orisson, for dessert we were served a wonderful cream-filled cake. I have always thought it was a version of the Tarta de Santiago — until I just read this article https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210708-the-basque-cake-made-with-a-280-year-old-water-mill. Now I wonder if that cake wasn’t, in fact, Gâteau Basque with the pastry cream.
Do you remember this cake? Is it still served at Orison. I don’t remember having it the second time I was there - Fall 2015. Was it, in fact, the Gâteau Basque?
 
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It sounds like a Gateau Basque and it is made with a cream filling or a cherry and cream filling. My guess is someone was kind enough to bring one along with them after buying it in a bakery in SJPdP. If you do the same you will become a Camino hero!
 

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In 2015 stayed at a private auberge in SJPdP which included dinner and breakfast. For dinner dessert they served gateau Basque. I had never had it before. I found it to be absolutely delicious. Also the next morning after breakfast the hospitalero led us in singing ultreia together. Very memorable.
 

Kathar1na

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On my first night on the Camino (Fall 2013), at Orisson, for dessert we were served a wonderful cream-filled cake. I have always thought it was a version of the Tarta de Santiago — until I just read this article
While I don't know what they served on that day I would think that it was indeed a piece of cake that is typical for the Basque Country and not typical for a town that is as far away as Santiago.

Gâteau Basque was the very first food I ate when I arrived in SJPP ☺️, and it looked like this and I think they did ask me what kind of filling I wanted, and I opted for the one without cherries:

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Accueil Kaserna.
It was on the left side of the street as you exit town to begin the Camino. I remember it was not that far from the gate out of town.
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RJM,
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the telephone is +33 559 37 65 17
 

OTH86

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While I don't know what they served on that day I would think that it was indeed a piece of cake that is typical for the Basque Country and not typical for a town that is as far away as Santiago.

Gâteau Basque was the very first food I ate when I arrived in SJPP ☺️, and it looked like this and I think they did ask me what kind of filling I wanted, and I opted for the one without cherries:

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Indeed, @Kathar1na, since this was my first Camino, I had virtually no idea until much later there was even a Tarta de Santiago - then I remembered that Orisson had something similar. The BBC article just brought back that memory...

Just ONE of the reasons I love returning to the Francés again and again, and take my time - to taste, see, learn about stuff I'd missed previously - or just want to experience again!! Now, of course, I want the one with the cherries!! ;-)
 

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