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Pain d’epices Recipe – French Spice Bread

12/10/2017 (Last Updated: 09/12/2019)

A classic french spice bread, this pain d’epices recipe is made with rye flour and a warming blend of ground spices sweetened with honey. Learn how to make your very own pain d’epice cake at home.

Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • This recipe for French spice bread is super easy and very quick to make. No special ingredients or appliances necessary, and no need to wait for the dough to rise.
  • Pain d’epices recipe takes the cake (pardon the pun) for sheer aromatic deliciousness. Open that oven door and we promise the aroma of ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your house and set your tummy grumbling. Take a slice, slather with butter and serve with a glass of milk or a hot cup of tea. Bliss.

Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter with a jar of honey.

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Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter with a jar of honey.

What is Pain d’epices?

Have you ever wondered why gingerbread is usually baked as a cookie, rather than as a ‘bread’? Or have you always wondered what gingerbread would taste like if it was gingercake instead? Well today’s recipe falls somewhere in the middle.

While gingerbread cookies are often sweetened with molasses or golden syrup, Pain d’epices is traditionally made with rye flour sweetened with honey. So we decided to merge together our love for Pure Harvest Organic Honey with their equally delicious Organic Rye Flour and think we may have just found a match made in heaven!

No wait… a teensy slathering of butter and a drizzle of honey on top of each slice? Paired with a hot cup of tea on a lazy afternoon? That’s a match made in heaven!

Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter.

What You’ll Need

Dry Ingredients:

Other Ingredients:

How to Make Pain d’epices – French Spice Bread

  • Start by preheating your oven to 150˚C (300˚F), then line a loaf pan with baking paper or grease with butter.
  • Pop your rye flour into a large mixing bowl along with your ground spices, baking soda and baking powder. Pour in the honey, give it a quick stir with a spoon, then blend using a handheld beater or stand mixer with paddle attachment on low speed.
  • Gradually stir in the following ingredients, one at a time: milk, sugar, egg, melted butter and salt.
  • Then once the mixture is well combined, pour it out into your loaf pan. Don’t forget to smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake for 30-45 mins or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean, then bask in the aromatic deliciousness of a slice of your freshly cooked pain d’epices!

A slice of pain d'epice spice bread on a plate slathered with butter.

Tips

  • The dough mixture for pain d’epices will be quite runny compared with normal dough – falling somewhere between a true sticky dough and cake batter. This is totally fine!
  • You can subtly alter the flavour of your pain d’epice depending on the style of honey you use. We recommend using high quality organic honey and rye flour. for the best flavour. 
  • For the ideal moist texture watch your baking time and don’t overcook, or your spice bread may turn out dry and crumbly. 

FAQs

What to serve with pain d’epices?

Pain d’epices is often traditionally served as an accompaniment to other French delicacies such as foie gras.

But for a simple dessert or afternoon tea, you can enjoy it warmed up or cold, all on its own, or with a slice of melty butter. Délicieux!

How to store pain d’epices?

To keep your finished spice bread fresh and stop it drying out, wrap in a clean towel or greaseproof paper once baked. 

Variations & Substitutes

  • To add a gorgeous glaze to your spice bread, cover with orange syrup or marmalade before baking. 

Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter.

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Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter.

Pain d’epices Recipe – French Spice Bread

A classic french spice bread, this pain d'epices recipe is made with rye flour and a warming blend of ground spices sweetened with honey. Learn how to make your very own pain d'epice cake at home.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 cake
Calories: 2302kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Bread loaf tin or cake tin
  • Baking paper

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic rye flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup organic honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Start by preheating your oven to 150˚C (300˚F), then line a loaf pan with baking paper or grease with butter.
  • Pop your rye flour into a large mixing bowl along with your ground spices, baking soda and baking powder. Pour in the honey, give it a quick stir with a spoon, then blend using a handheld beater or stand mixer with paddle attachment on low speed.
  • Gradually stir in the following ingredients, one at a time: milk, sugar, egg, melted butter and salt.
  • Then once the mixture is well combined, pour it out into your loaf pan. Don't forget to smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake for 30-45 mins or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean, then bask in the aromatic deliciousness of a slice of your freshly cooked pain d'epices!

Notes

Tips

  • The dough mixture for pain d'epices will be quite runny compared with normal dough - falling somewhere between a true sticky dough and cake batter. This is totally fine!
  • You can subtly alter the flavour of your pain d'epice depending on the style of honey you use. We recommend using high quality organic honey and rye flour. for the best flavour. 
  • For the ideal moist texture watch your baking time and don't overcook, or your spice bread may turn out dry and crumbly. 
 

FAQs

  • What to serve with pain d'epices? Pain d'epices is often traditionally served as an accompaniment to other French delicacies such as foie gras. But for a simple dessert or afternoon tea, you can enjoy it warmed up or cold, all on its own, or with a slice of melty butter. Délicieux!
  • How to store pain d'epices? To keep your finished spice bread fresh and stop it drying out, wrap in a clean towel or greaseproof paper once baked. 
 

Variations & Substitutes

  • To add a gorgeous glaze to your spice bread, cover with orange syrup or marmalade before baking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 2302kcal | Carbohydrates: 347g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 61g | Cholesterol: 414mg | Sodium: 2053mg | Potassium: 1235mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 227g | Vitamin A: 3173IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 364mg | Iron: 6mg
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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    12/12/2019 at 4:08 pm

    I am going to love how my home is going to smell after baking this spice cake! So excited – thank you!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/12/2019 at 4:51 pm

      Right! It’s like a room diffuser and dessert in one. 😉

  • Reply
    Sophie Goel
    12/12/2019 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t know if I’m more excited to SMELL or EAT this dessert 😂 Thank you for sharing this special international recipe.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/12/2019 at 4:51 pm

      ALL OF THE THINGS!

  • Reply
    Patty at Spoonabilities
    12/12/2019 at 2:01 pm

    Love love love all the spice flavors in this bread. I can imagine the amazing aromas happening when this bread is baking!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/12/2019 at 4:51 pm

      Oh yeah, it’s like having a gingerbread candle on in the house haha

  • Reply
    Erika
    12/12/2019 at 12:53 pm

    This bread is amazing. I love the spices!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/12/2019 at 4:50 pm

      Awesome Erika!

  • Reply
    Deanne
    12/12/2019 at 12:43 pm

    I loved the blend of spices in this French Spice Cake! So sweet and light – we loved it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/12/2019 at 4:50 pm

      That’s so good Deanne, thanks for letting us know! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tiffany Sciacca
    29/11/2019 at 11:00 am

    Cannot wait to try this!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/12/2019 at 8:33 am

      Awesome Tiffany, we’d love to hear what you think! 🙂

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