Armagnac and Honey Spice Bread à la Gasconne

Armagnac and Honey Spice Bread à la Gasconne

A very simple, quick recipe.  Delicious for breakfast with a strong cup of coffee or tea and in the late afternoon accompanied by a mild aperitif.

Ingredients –

2 large eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup freshly made strong coffee
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1+3/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons Armagnac
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Butter for preparing medium sized loaf pan.

1. In a medium size bowl combine the 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup strong black coffee, 1/2 cup honey and 1 tablespoon sunflower oil by spoon or electric mixer.

2. Add flour, baking powder and soda, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

3.  Add 3 overflowing tablespoons of Armagnac.

4. Blend well and pour into a butter greased loaf pan.

5. Bake at 300/150 for 1 hour.  Let cool in pan, then cover.

Keeps 1 week if you’re lucky….

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Sue Aran lives in the Gers department of southwest France. She is the owner of French Country Adventures, which provides private, personally-guided, small-group food & wine adventures into Gascony, the Pays Basque and Provence. She writes a monthly blog about her life in France and is a contributor to Bonjour Paris and France Today magazines.