By French Tart on February 08, 2010
"A French classic and one that I will me making myself from now on, having just paid a small fortune for a tiny, if delicious loaf from my local boulangerie! This is a cross between sticky ginger parkin and a gingerbread cake or a tea loaf. It is not as moist as parkin or gingerbread, but it is extremely good when spread with butter or even better, when toasted.......divine! It is also surprisingly good when served with cheese. Another idea that I discovered in a local café, is to serve it warm with a dollop of crème fraiche and a little bunch of fresh berries on top, a perfect dessert for an elegant dinner party! This improves with keeping and makes a wonderful gift for a foodie friend or hostess – wrap in cellophane and attach a ribbon with serving suggestions. If you cannot source Quatre Épices, I have a recipe on zaar to make it at home! Quatre Épices - French Four Spice Mix from the Auberge"
Serving Size: 1 (62 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
"I love, love, lovve this recipe. The tiny crystallized ginger in the loaf is what elevates this recipe from a 4 to a 5-star. I used whole wheat flour and a bit more honey than called for, and it was just excellent. I served it as dessert with Kerrygold Irish butter and french raspberry preserves. It was a perfect dessert choice to follow a boeuf bourguignon, as it wasn't too sweet or too rich. What I really loved was how easy this was to make for such spectacular results. Thank you again, FT, I do adore your french recipes!"
"I followed the recipe except for 2 changes: I used 1 tbsp more butter (just because I needed to use it up) and used part molasses, part honey (about 30% molasses and the rest was honey). The loaf is DIVINE. The crust was chewy-crisp and underneath it was moist and dense. Tried it warm, slathered with salted butter, oooh! Thanks!"