French Spiced Bread Recipe

French Spiced Bread

This bread recipe is a vibrant spice mixture that’s great for a sweet toast in the morning or a party appetizer.

The Bread You Should Make

This season, treat yourself to some delightful French spiced bread! This deliciously flavored delicacy will leave you feeling the holiday cheer even better. Serve with a meal or as a snack!


2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup store-bought or homemade candied orange peel
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dried plums
2 cups honey
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons kosher salt
6 (3″) cinnamon sticks
3-star anise pods
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp, 1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 large eggs

Special equipment
2 (9×5″) loaf pans


Preheat oven to 325°F then grease loaf pans with melted butter.

Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once or twice, until golden brown and fragrant for 6-8 minutes. Coarsely chop zest, apricots, plums, and toasted almonds then transfer to a small bowl.

Bring honey, milk, salt, cinnamon, and star anise to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and baking soda in a large bowl.

Strain honey mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Add eggs and whisk until mixed. Using a spatula, quickly fold in zest mixture.

Divide dough between prepared pans, filling each about three-quarters full. Then bake bread until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean for 35-40 minutes.

Let bread cool 10 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove and transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy!