Pain d'épices

Pain d'épices

While living in Cambridge, England I had a favorite little cafe I would go with M when she was a wee little one, Cotto. In the morning I would order this wonderful bread for breakfast called Pain d'épices. The cafe would toast it, and serve it with butter and jam. It is great for any time of the day, really.

Before leaving the UK I asked the owner for the recipe. They were generous enough to pass it along. This is not the exact recipe, it was written in grams, I tried my best to convert it into cups.

Last night I brought some to M's school meeting. Jora (super sweet mama, and her children are too cute!) ask me for the recipe.

Pain d'épices

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 t Cinnamon
  • 2 t Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 t Star of aniseed, ground*

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and butter a loaf pan.
Add all ingredients in a food processor and cream together. 
Transfer to the loaf pan. 
Smooth and bake for 45 minutes, or until done in the middle. 
Cool on a wire rack. Store in plastic wrap.
Serve a day or two later, let the flavors meld.
Serve toasted with jam and butter.

*Star of aniseed is hard to find. I found my whole seeds at Cost Plus. I ground the star of aniseed in a motor and pestle. Also a great place to look is a India market/grocery store. 

Pictures from our last trip to Cambridge in May.

M and Hannah hamming it up

Lovely spring time

My absolute favorite picture of the girls

Punting on the river Cam


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