Pain d’épices

Yields: 12 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 45 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr

A French classic, pain d’épices is sold in loaves, but sometimes sold in squares, cut from giant slabs. And because they’ve got a good dose of honey in them, honey merchants usually sell them. Kind of a cross between a cake and a bread clever French hosts (and hostesses…and probably everyone in between) will cut them in thin slices to serve under slabs of foie gras. But you don’t have to go to France to enjoy this amazing French Classic!

One of the things that French people often find vexing about American sweets is that we like an overload of spices. But pain d’épices is a French classic and no one seems to mind the aromatic mélange of spices. I love pain d’épices and this version will drive you wild if you have to share an apartment with it. Days and days after I made it, my house was deeply-infused with the smell of cinnamon, pepper, cloves, and honey.


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    Main Ingredients
  • Spices


0/5 Instructions
  • Sift the flour. Add the sugar and the baking powder and mix. Then add the spices and mix. As spices are added in dry ingredients, it’s easy to make sure that when you mix, spices are spread all over the preparation and that the entire flour-sugar mix is completely impregnated with spices.
  • Take off the peels of your citrus (may it be orange or lemon). Finely chop the zests. Add the zests and the lemon juice to the preparation.
  • Heat the milk and add two generous spoons of honey. Thus, the honey dissolves in hot milk and will be well spread homogeneously in the preparation.
  • Add the milk and honey mixture to the preparation and mix vigorously until you get a nice dough, without lumps.
  • Grease and flour a mold, preferably a cake tin, or use a silicone mold. Pour the dough in and bake for 45 minutes.


Spices and honey gingerbreads are served for breakfast or as snack (it’s in my family enjoyed with salted butter), with creamy or fruit desserts.

Spices and honey gingerbreads are also tasty with some savory dishes: some gingerbread croutons in a pumpkin soup or foie gras on gingerbread toasts with fig jam.


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