This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi – a spiced honey cake – was one I was intrigued to try. It’s rather like a gingerbread in a lot of ways – and by gingerbread I mean a proper pain d’épices (a French quickbread/ cake made from dark honey and flavoured with Christmas-y type spices).
I’m not the hugest fan of gingerbread’s texture (I find it a little dry to be honest) and was hopeful that this cake would be a little more moist. But with barely any liquid ingredient (no eggs!), it was still a little on the dry side for me. It’s an interesting process. You start out by infusing some water with ginger, Sichuan peppers, lavender (I used lavender sugar we picked up in Toulouse). Then you add melted butter and honey to the strained, spiced water.
The liquid is added to the flour, baking powder (1 tablespoon!), sugar and citrus zest then you add dried cherries (I added cranberries) at the end. The result is a very thick batter – more like a dough – that I patted into the tin as opposed to tipping or pouring it in. I was a little worried at how dense it was.
After 80 minutes in the oven, my toothpick came out with dry crumbs. I rested it, brought it to room temperature and let it sit overnight. It was still a little on the dry side but actually when you slice it very thinly and add a sliver of butter (because, why not…?) it was a pretty nice mid-morning snack. Dorie says it’s best after a a couple of days so I rewrapped it and am bringing it into school today… I’ll report back on how it went down. I’m going to suggest people toast it (and maybe add butter….) because I think it will really bring out the flavours (to be honest I can’t taste any lavendar or citrus at all – boo!).
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Spiced Honey Cake here or on p 48 of Baking Chez Moi.
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