Pain d’Épices (Spice Bread)

This rich, dark spice bread is a French classic. It’s perfect for toasting and spreading with butter, or enjoying as is. Pain d’épices is also lovely sliced and served with cheese.


  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 250ml (1 cup) honey
  • 500g (4 cups) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 150C (300F).
  2. Bring the water and honey to a boil in a large saucepan.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased and floured loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Potential Changes & Improvements

This spice bread is delicious as is, but there are a few potential changes and improvements that could be made:

  • Try using different types of flour for a different flavor and texture.
  • Add in some chopped nuts or dried fruit for a bit of extra flavor and texture.
  • Change up the spices to suit your personal preferences.

What Other Food It Works Well With

Pain d’épices is delicious on its own, or you could try it with:

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Jam
  • Honey

Common Mistakes

When making pain d’épices, it’s important to avoid these common mistakes:

  • Over-baking the bread – this will make it dry and crumbly.
  • Not allowing the bread to cool completely before slicing – this will make it difficult to slice.
  • Using too much flour – this will make the bread dense and heavy.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 1 loaf of bread. The nutritional information is as follows:

  • Calories: 2,000
  • Fat: 100g
  • Saturated Fat: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 300mg
  • Sodium: 1,500mg
  • Carbohydrates: 300g
  • Fiber: 20g
  • Sugar: 200g
  • Protein: 30g


This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy

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