Recipe: Ginger and honey loaf

SPICED: Ginger and honey loaf with ice cream.
SPICED: Ginger and honey loaf with ice cream.

This ginger and honey loaf is my version of the French pain d'epices (spice bread) that is traditionally sweetened with honey. 

100g butter
1 cup liquid honey
150ml milk
2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp finely sliced preserved ginger (preferably in syrup)
ice cream, butter or blue cheese to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

2. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir through the honey. Add the milk and cool while preparing the dry ingredients. Sift together the flour, spices and baking soda.

3. Whisk the eggs into the honey mixture and then add to the dry ingredients, stirring until thoroughly combined. Add the sliced ginger.

4. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 to 1 hours until firm but the loaf still springs back when pressed.

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