Pain d’ epices is a heavily spiced quick bread very much like gingerbread. It has cardamom, star anise, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. And it has orange and lemon zest, honey, and it’s made with rye flour to boot. About the only thing it doesn’t have is the molasses that is so prevalent in our gingerbread. Not much to look at….here’s the pic from the book….

Very plain. I am not a spice cake lover, so I couldn’t judge this one very well. It was moist and very spicy, so I guess it met all the criteria. Here’s mine…..

My husband loves his spice cake, so this one was mostly his. I just finished it with some chocolate work, and it kind-of looks like Spring. Not really very special, so I doubt whether I would spend my energy making it again, except maybe if someone asked for a spice cake.

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