Pain d’épices – French honey and spice bread

Today I would like to present to you a traditional and original French recipe for spice breadpain d’épices. This cake is often associated with the Christmas season but these days it is present all year round. In the past this spicy bread was created with the use of sourdough but in modern times it was replaced with baking powder or baking soda which facilitates the preparation.

This recipe was given to me by a French relative who explained to me that in order to keep it really traditional, in addition to regular flour, I need to use some rye flour. Rye flour gives the cake a very pleasant rustic consistency and flavor. To make the pain d’épices even more fragrant I added homemade spice mixture. Like most traditional cakes with honey it becomes more and more tasty and soft as the days go by which makes it perfect as a Christmas cake prepared in advance.

Pain d’épices – French honey and spice bread

Original French recipe of pain d’épices – spice bread with rye flour and honey.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Cakes
Cuisine traditional French, vegetarian
Servings 1 For a rectangular 25 cm long baking pan
Calories 157 kcal


  • 350 g of honey
  • 40 g of brown sugar
  • 150 g of all-purpose flour
  • 100 g of rye flour
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed spices see the method explanation
  • 18 g of baking powder
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 100 ml of milk
  • butter to brush the pan


Instructions pain d’épices – French honey and spice bread


The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 1panCalories: 157kcal
Keyword Christmas, Christmas cake, cinnamon, ginger, honey, pound cake, traditional recipe
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Remove from the oven, let it cool slightly, then remove from the pan and let it cool completely before serving.

lot of love. B.

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