1/2 Photos of French Pain D’epices
1 hr 15 mins
This version of a famous French spice bread is a compact loaf that anchors its reputation on anise, cinnamon, honey, almonds, citron, orange peel and 3 tablespoons of rum. Slice when cool and spread with butter and honey. It is even better the second or third day.
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- 1 1/4 cups hot tap water (120 F 130 F)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 tablespoons rum
- 1 teaspoon ground aniseed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons chopped blanched almonds
- 2 tablespoons chopped citron
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1BAKING PANS: One large loaf pan (9 x 5), greased or Teflon, or two small (7 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch) pans. Metal or glass. If the latter, reduce oven heat 25 degrees.
- 2In a small mixing bowl pour water and add sugar, honey, baking soda and a pinch of salt. Stir until it is dissolved. Mix in the rum, anise seed and cinnamon.
- 3Measure flour into a large mixing bowl and pour in the liquid—stirring slowly but thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Drop in the almonds, citron and orange peel. Stir several times to mix throughout the batter. Preheat oven to 450°F Butter the tins and line with wax paper or parchment paper. Butter again.
- 4Pour the batter into the tin or tins. With a rubber scraper or spoon form a shallow depression down the center of the loaf, with the batter slightly higher along the sides. This will compensate for the rise of the center during baking.
- 5Place the bread in a very hot oven for 10 minutes; REDUCE the heat to moderate (350 F)for an additional 50 or 60 minutes. The loaf will test done when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and dry.
- 6Remove bread from the oven. Turn the tins on their sides and carefully pull out the loaves by tugging gently on the wax paper. Let the loaves cool (preferably overnight) before slicing thinly. Makes 1 large or 2 small.
- 7The Complete Book Of Breads.Bernard. Clayton, Jr.
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Nutritional Facts for French Pain D’epices
Serving Size: 1 (1335 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 3631.4
- Calories from Fat 169
- Total Fat 18.8 g
- Saturated Fat 1.8 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 3336.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 799.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 18.4 g
- Sugars 411.3 g
- Protein 58.7 g
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