Honey Spice Bread Recipe
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Honey Spice Bread Recipe

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The texture of this bread is almost like a cake, so I usually serve slices of it for dessert. Plus, the loaf looks so festive with the pretty glaze drizzled on top. —Gaye O'Dell, Binghamton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 187 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and milk. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. In another bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil and brown sugar mixture until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  3. Transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (cover top loosely with foil if needed to prevent overbrowning).
  4. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. In a small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over bread.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaf in plastic wrap and foil. To use, thaw at room temperature. Glaze as directed.
    Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).
Originally published as Honey Spice Bread in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p54

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laurijane User ID: 7815299 253762
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"Very distinct honey flavor - nostalgic "Grandma used to make this" recipe. Covering loaf loosely with foil after 20-30 min. in oven is important. Take care to not over-bake. I always bake this in advance and freeze it, then thaw and glaze before serving."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 239930
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"We liked the flavor, however it took a LOT longer the bake than the recipes says. The middle of the loaf was still almost pure batter while the outside had burned. Probably will not be making this again."

murrayanne1 User ID: 2194039 221805
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"The bread turned out extremely dry. Checked the recipe to see if I'd over baked it but I hadnt. I threw the loaf away. Very disappointed in the results."

wired1937822 User ID: 4511409 218440
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Like the flavor, but the texture left much to be desired. You need to wash it down with a lot of water."

jacquemom User ID: 1673496 215095
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"Flavor is good but do not like the texture"

JKevin User ID: 1046896 111236
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"I really like this bread - great with coffee in the morning. I liked that the bread was not overly spicy. A nice delicate flavor."

ukiebaker User ID: 6568943 96094
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014 Edited Oct. 2, 2014

"Success! I made the bread today with the below changes and it is moist and tasty!

Will be making it often!
1/2 C packed brown sugar -- mixed it with the milk without heating it - dissolved easily.
1/2 C oil
1/3 C Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Sprinkled the top with cinnamon sugar before baking.
Last week:
Made this a few days ago per the recipe plus I added 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp vanilla. My husband came home for lunch and ate two slices with cream cheese while the bread was still warm and liked it. However, once it cooled it was dry. I didn't make the glaze because it was a little too sweet for our taste even without the glaze. Since it was good warm, we have been lightly toasting it and it is okay. I decided not to give up on this recipe, so I am going to make it again and will increase the oil to 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt. I will also decrease the brown sugar to 1/2 cup and again add the salt and vanilla."

louisemaas User ID: 7782241 133155
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"I also should have read the reviews. Very, very dry."

dstrock User ID: 8006688 128279
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"Made this last weekend and also did not read the reviews before making. It is very dry and unflavorable. Not a bread I will be making again."

qwm User ID: 1379428 128243
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014 Edited Sep. 25, 2014

"Made this yesterday. I thoroughly like the taste of it but, as others have stated, it is very much on the dry side. Anyone have an idea/ideas about making this more moist? Thanks in advance. Perhaps someone at Taste of Home could make this and have some suggestions. After all, the description at the top states, "The texture of this moist bread is almost like a cake . . ." and it clearly is not so."

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