- 3 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup dark rye flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp anise seeds
- 2 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 tbsp finely-grated orange zest
- 1 cup of water
Le Pain d’epices is a French classic cake made using basic ingredients – rye flour, honey, and spices. The cake was originally known as sour dough bread which used to be left in a wooden trough to rest in a cool place for months. This way the dough bread would naturally rise in its size.
But in modern days, baking soda is added to expand the bread of this cake.
Le Pain d’epices makes a wonderful afternoon snack when you are craving for something sweet. The appetizing cake can either be served with berries, cream or your favorite fruit jellies. Use the delicious recipe of Le Pain d’epices, and enjoy the flavorsome taste at home!
Le Pain d’epices is mainly made form rye flour which has the most impressive health benefits: it increases the efficiency of the digestive system, and helps boost metabolism too! It also protects you from various diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
How to Make Le Pain d’epices
The main ingredients of Le Pain d’epices are rye flour, honey and spices, but in Alsace, a tradition follows the incorporation of a pinch of cinnamon in the cake as well!