Friday, December 25, 2015

Gingerbread - Pain d'èpices (Christophe Michalak)

Gingerbread - Pain d'èpices 
Recipe adapted from' Les desserts qui me font craquer' cookbook by Christophe Michalak ( Editions Plon ) 

Ingredients :
150 g water
60 g sugar
150 g honey
A pinch of salt
3 g of 4-spices
1 zest of organic lemon 
2 zest of organic lime 
1 zest of organic orange 
4 g ground anis
150 g flour 
5 g baking powder 
95 g butter
A pinch of baking soda
150 g orange marmalade 
2 Tbsp Pearl sugar 


1)  In a saucepan , boil water , sugar , honey & salt . Add in 4-spices , ground anis , lemon zest, lime zest , orange zest . Stir well .

2)  Add in butter & stir until the butter melted . Remove from heat & set aside & cover the saucepan let it to infuse for 20 mins . After 20 mins , drain honey spiced mixture .

3 )  Preheat oven to 180°C . Greased a loaf pan with butter or lined with parchment paper . 

4)  Sift flour with baking powder & baking soda in a large bowl .  Mix in honey spiced liquid into flour mixture till well combined . Pour batter in prepared loaf pan  & sprinkle pearl sugar over the top . Bake for 40 mins . Let to cool on wire rack . 

It's a X'mas tradition in our family (especially my hubby ) & a must have homemade  gingerbread to accompany  Foie Gras  with onion or fig confit  . Homemade gingerbread is always the best as it stayed moist even for days . 

Linking this post to Cook-Your-Book # 29 hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .


  1. Hi Kit,
    I can almost smell the citrusy, spicy aroma from over here! hehe! Looks moist and delicious!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Kit,

    Every slice of your gingerbread is so moist and lovely. Yummy :D