Pain D'Epices


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?

badge posted by: nancyapoet on December 14, 2011 at 11:11 am in Q & A
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reply by: KIDPIZZA on December 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

Good morning Nancy. Nancy why don't you post the recipe as given to you. This way we can get the exact amounts (instead of speculating) of the the weights of the ingredients. Perhaps we can tell you why you sustained a baking disapointment.

Nancy take notice 1,stick plus 1,TBLS of butter do not equal 8,oz that you posted.
Good luck & enjoy the rest of the day young lady.


reply by: nancyapoet on December 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I found a recipe by Dorie Greenspan originally, and she used a mix of white and rye flour, and for 2-1/2 cups of this mix she used 2-1/2 tsp of baking powder, so right there is something wrong with my recipe -- for my 7 cups of flour it should be 5 tsp baking powder (seems like a lot). And she baked at 300 degrees for 65 to 70 minutes in an 8-1/2" by 4-1/2" loaf pan.