french honey & spice loaf
A French classic from my childhood revisited.
Growing up in France, the school pick up snack was a big deal, and it still is of course. For me, it was quite often a couple of slices of “Pain d’épice”. It is a very simple bread to make, full of the winter warming flavours of honey and spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is a crowd pleaser with a cuppa during the cold season.
125g rye flour
125g spelt flour
250g honey (I prefer to use English set honey slightly warmed up in a "bain Marie")
240ml warm water
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1.5 tsp mixed winter spices (ground cinnamon, ground or grated nutmeg and ground ginger)
Prep Time: 15mins
+ 1hour for mix to rest
Cooking time: 30-45mins
Preheat oven at 150°C (thermostat 5)
In a large mixing bowl, pour all of the ingredients
Mix well but not for too long or you may end up with a slightly rubbery texture to your loaf
Leave the mix to rest for about an hour
Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 30-45mins or until a golden ginger coloured crust forms.
Delicious served warm!
THE HEALTH BOOST TIP
This loaf and its lovely subtle spices brings a new lease of life to a breakfast of eggs, spinach and smoked salmon or bacon.
It is a healthy source of fibres and good carbohydrates for busy schedules or after school clubs and sporty activities without the unnecessary refined sugar.
Your grown-up friends will enjoy it with a catch up cuppa!