December is here, which means that my Christmas decorations are already out of their boxes, our tree has been up for a week now, and my kitchen is full of dried nuts, raisins and a lot of spices. Baking holiday treats and offering them as gifts to my neighbors, the teachers at my son's nursery and some friends is a great idea.
It feels like minus 2 degrees in Paris today, which is ideal weather for baking!! I'll be sharing sweet recipes all along December for some typical sweets we eat in France for Christmas as well as other delicious things from around the world I like to have around this time of year, and I thought you would appreciate too.
Today I'm sharing a spice cake/bread they have in France during the holiday season, it's called 'Pain d’épices' and it's delicious. You can keep it for 3 to 4 days or you can prepare it in advance, freeze it as soon as they cold and the defrost whenever you want to eat it. You can also make the tiny version of this cake to offer as gifts along with other sweets as I have done.
You can eat it all by itself, toasted with some vanilla ice cream and a little chocolate sauce, and you can also use as bread to serve with pates, cheese or foie gras during your holiday season aperitif hour 😊 Match made in heaven. Up to you. It's a very versatile pastry and you'll love having it around!
This cake has honey which enhances the spice flavors, also gives it a longer life on top of your counter and makes the pain d'épices very moist. Plus, it's a natural sweetener and it tastes great! Honey is always a good idea! It's sweetening power is higher than regular sugar so if you want to replace sugar in some other recipes with honey, I'd start out with half the amount and see how it works out and then go from there!