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Thursday’s Food for Thoughts nr 6

This is what we eat at Christmas in my home county of Alsace, France: pain d’ epices. Here is what Wiki has to say:
Pain d’épices (“spice-bread”), sometimes loosely translated as gingerbread, is a French cake whose ingredients, according to the Dictionnaire de l’académie française (1694), are “rye flour, honey and spices[1] (today including aniseed but not traditionally ginger).[2] According to Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, the commercial production of pain d’épices was a specialty of Reims, made to a recipe of a pastry-cook from Bourges, and given éclat by the taste for it of Charles VII, “King of Bourges” and his mistress Agnes Sorel. The honey used was the dark buckwheat honey of Brittany. In 1571 the Corporation of Spice-Bread Makers of Reims were chartered separately from the pastry-cooks; in 1596 the Parisian makers of pain d’épices were given their charter, too. The pain d’épices of Dijon outpaced its older competitors in the Napoleonic era. In Alsace, a considerable tradition of pain d’épices incorporates a pinch of cinnamon.
Pain d’épices was a kind of sourdough without leavening; it was left in a wooden trough to rest in a cool place for months, during which the honeyed rye flour experienced a fermentation. When ready the dough was cooked in moulds. The modern product rises instead with baking powder, developed in the nineteenth century.
On the photo above, you can see the Alsatian version, dry, with a lot of sugar and spices. We call it langues glacees, iced tongues YUMMY!!!!!!!

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8 responses

  1. LOTS of people here would be happy to eat such a lovely goat.
    I was served goat meat twice when in Arkansas and I must admit, it tastes good.
    Unfortunately this goat in the picture and the young couple's entire herd was stolen while out grazing in the woods.


    January 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

  2. This is an interesting foreign food to me.


    January 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  3. Dina, who would think of eating such a lovely goat?!!??


    January 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

  4. Uh oh, I just realized my thumbnail goat might be interpreted as future dinner. No no no! It's just what the goat itself is eating.


    January 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  5. Imagine waiting months for it to get ready in the old days …
    Sounds good.

    Cya later with a food pic, inshallah.


    January 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

  6. Beautifully done.
    Nothing better then a healthy doze each day!

    Best wishes.


    January 13, 2011 at 4:42 am

  7. A Starbucks Latte with your pain d'épice?


    January 13, 2011 at 4:40 am

  8. Oh, yes! Pain d'Epice
    «Louis» enjoyed this when he lived in France! You've made him hungry for it again! A nice strong espresso is just right with it!


    January 13, 2011 at 4:33 am