I watched a video about a woman in France making "Pain D'Epices", spice bread, who mentioned she did not like cinnamon. I made her bread (with some difficulty as all amts. were in Continental weights and measures.) It is wonderful, if a little dense -- I think it did not rise enough but I do not know what is the matter since I did a rough translation of all the amounts.
My first guess is too much flour. My second guess is incorrect oven heat. Third is wrong leavening. She said " Number 2 setting on the thermostat of her gas oven, a very slow oven, she clarified. I chose 300 degrees F.
Here is the recipe I translated:
7 cups flour (5-1/2 white,1-1/2 rye), 2 tsp baking powder, 1 stick (8 oz) + 1 TBL butter, 3 very heaping large spoons of anise seed, 4 large very heaping large spoons honey, peel of one large orange, cut-up small pieces,
2 cups milk, 1-3/4 sugar
Combine dry ingredients with flour, including orange peel.
Heat milk, butter and honey on stove, but not to boiling. When cooler, add to dry mix.
This is an incredibly stiff mixture -- I put it in an 11"by 21/2"by 9" pan, at 300 degrees for 35 minutes, which worked out fine. The house smelled heavenly. (Her recipe called for 2 hours at whatever temperature "Number 2 on the thermostat is -- I tried 200, but nothing happened on my stove.)
Can anyone tell from the description what went wrong?