Pain d'épices

45 minutes


  • 350g of honey, use a very good quality variety
  • 40g of soft dark brown sugar
  • 125g of plain flour
  • 125g of rye flour
  • 1 tbsp of mixed spice, typically ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, mace and cloves
  • 1 tsp star anise
  • 20g of baking powder
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 100g of whole milk
  • 20g of butter, for greasing the tin


Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Gently heat the honey in a pan with the sugar, stirring until the sugar melts, then remove from the heat
Combine the plain flour, rye flour, mixed spice, star anise and baking powder in a bowl
In a separate bowl beat together the eggs and milk, and then stir in the honey and sugar mixture. Stir this into the dry ingredients to form a batter
Melt the butter in a small pan and use to brush the inside of a 25cm long tin
Fill the tin with the batter, transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes until the top is dark brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean