Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The pain d'Epices is a spicy honey bread that originated in Dijon ( Burgundy ). One could say it is to France what apple-pie is to the USA. It's simple has no butter or oil, it stays delicious for days and days and everybody loves it. It's sliced and eaten just like a piece of bread with a little bit of butter but it can also be baked in muffin molds.
I still like to eat it the way Mom would prepare it for the 10 o'clock snack: a slice of buttered Pain d'Epices slapped onto a generous slice of pain Poilane! YUMMY!
So, as I was making this batch with Gabrielle, I thought I'd share the recipe with you.

My source for the recipe is the amazing book A TASTE OF BURGUNDY by Julian More which I highly recommend and as of today you can get a used copy at Better World for less than $5.00. Well worth it!

4 oz/ 125 g./ 1/3 cup honey
4 oz/ 125 g. 1/2 cup sugar
10 fl. oz/300ml/ 1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 oz / 250 g. /2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch finely grated range peel
butter for the loaf pan
Preheat the oven to 400F / 200C/ Gas mark 6.
Simmer the honey, sugar and milk for 5 minutes, stirring until the honey and sugar dissolve.
Combine the honey mixture with the egg, cinnamon and vanilla sugar.
Combine the flour and baking soda in a large bowl, then add the spicy mixture to it with the orange peel. Butter the loaf pan and spoon in the mixture. Bake for 1 hour, until the tip of a knife comes out clean when inserted in the centre.

Just to let you know, I always multiply the recipe by 4 so I have enough for the teachers' and for ourselves. The adorable stamp here is from Florilege Design, a gift from my Mama Noel! Merci Maman.xxx

N.B: Busir is right, there is nothing better than the mariage: Pain D'Epices & Fois Gras and since the ban on it has been lifted you know what to bring if you come to Chicago!


Karin G said...

Waouh!!! super idée de cadeau et merci pour la recette. en plus tu l'as magnifiquement présenté... ce tampon florilège est juste SUPERBE!!

Karin G said...

j'ai oublié de dire que ton blog est MAGNIFIQUE et que j'ai vu que c'est pour toi que Hime a créé ce magnifique mini kit de survie... il est trop beau!!!

BUSIR said...

Je voulais en acheter...je vais le faire en espérant qu'il ne soit pas trop sucré pour manger avec le foie gras !(je sais à Chicago le foie gras...!c'est juste pour te mettre l'eau à la bouche !!!)j'adore ces étiquettes !(j'ai aussi le tampon)

BUSIR said...

baking soda ???combien ? Y.S

chrystelle said...

rrhhooooo ... pain d'épices !!!
J'ai pas tout compris , mais rien qu'à regarder , MMMMMMmmmmm ....

chrystelle said...

Pour ta proposition de traduction ,ce n'est pas de refus !! Merciiii Alexandra !!

Laura Davis said...

Yum this looks divine! The teachers will adore them:)

mlledidi said...

Hum, ca donne envie :)