Recipes | Honey Spice Loaf

Honey Spice Loaf

Recipes - Honey Spice Loaf

There are a number of recipes for honey spice bread/loaf out there because it’s a cake very common in France. A lot of these recipes call for rye flour, which is harder to find than wheat flour, so this makes a nice substitute. Be sure and use a good quality honey. Try this toasted with butter on it. Yum!


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup mild-flavored dark molasses
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Optional: ¼ cup finely diced ginger or candied orange and lemon peel


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with oil, and line bottom of pan with parchment paper.

Combine milk, honey and molasses in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat and heat without boiling, stirring until dissolved. Set aside and let cool.

In large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a small bowl, combine the ginger and/or lemon and orange peel, with 2 teaspoons of the flour mixture and set aside.

Form a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in the milk mixture slowly and whisk, starting from the center, until all the flour has been incorporated—the batter will be thin. Fold in the ginger and/or orange and lemon peel, if using. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until browned, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a rack for twenty minutes, then loosen loaf with a knife and unmold. Let cool completely, wrap in foil, and let rest at room temperature until the next day.

Serves 10

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