Winter is the right time for this honey and spices cake. This is what winter should taste like, everyday, till summer comes. :-)
This recipe was inspired from a recipe by Christophe Michalak.
To get the maximum flavor from your spices, i recommend you to use whole spices and to grind them yourself, for example using a coffee grinder. The blend of spices can be filled in jar and stored for up to one year in a cool dark place.
Ingredients for the spice blend:
20 gr. of cinnamon sticks
3 pieces of star anise
10 gr. coriander seeds
7 gr. anise seeds
4 gr. ginger powder
Break the star anise into smaller pieces and put it with all the other whole spices into the grinder. Grind till you get a powder without bigger bits. Add the ginger powder and mix well.
Ingredients for the cake:
60 gr. brown sugar
150 gr. honey
5 gr. from your home made spice blend
1 zest of an organic lemon
1 zest of an organic orange
4 gr. of whole star anise
95 gr. butter
1 pinch of salt
150 gr. flour
5 gr. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Put the water, brown sugar and the honey in a small pan and stir, till it is boiling. Then reduce the heat a bit and add the spice blend, lemon and orange zest, the whole star anise and the butter. Mix everything together. When the butter is fully melted, cover the pan, take it from the fire and let the mixture cool down for 20 minutes. In the meanwhile, sieve the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bigger bowl, preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a cake pan with a bit of butter.
Slowly pour a bit of the liquid spice mixture through a strainer on the flour and mix everything together. Pour another little bit and mix again. Repeat this process, till you get a homogenous dough.
Pour the dough into the cake pan and put it in the oven for 30 minutes. The cake will get a golden dark brown color and fill your kitchen with an amazing smell. Let it cool down a bit before you eat it.
You can keep the cake fresh for several days by wrapping it in plastic foil.