Average: 5 (2 votes)
Active time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 30 minutes
One loaf (10 slices)
Serving Size
1 slice

1 cup honey

4 tablespoons  brown sugar

1 cup whole grain rye flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

⅓ cup boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan, and heat over medium-low heat until just bubbling and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, spices, and salt. 
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, boiling water, and honey mixture. Gradually stir in the flour and spices mixture. 
  5. Spread the  batter into a greased loaf pan (about 8 ½” x 4 ½”).
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool thoroughly on a cooling rack.  The flavor of this cake will improve stored at room temperature for 1-2 days, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. 

An Oldways Whole Grains Council recipe and photo


Calories: 220
Total Fat: 1.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 230mg
Carbohydrate: 49g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 32g (Added Sugar: 31g)
Protein: 5g

Yield: One loaf (10 slices)

Serving Size: 1 slice

How'd it Taste?

Excellent recipe! Texture turned out very tender yet cohesive, and not overly rich. Just what I was looking for. I used 2 and 3/4 tsp french gingerbread spice mix, rather than the spices listed here, since I had that already prepared. Very very good, and also very simple. I plan to use this recipe in the future!
Awesome! We are so glad you enjoyed it.
I have a question please.....the recipe indicates the sugars are brought to bubbling, the water is boiling, and these get mixed with the eggs. Can you please clarify, as I’m thinking the eggs would curdle when mixed with those other very warm ingredients?
Hi Elise, thanks for your comment. We suggest first mixing the eggs in the (slightly cooled) honey and sugar mixture really well. Then, slowly add in the boiling water while continuously mixing. Let us know how it goes!
I've made this twice now. Each time with maple syrup instead of honey. The last round I put a cup of walnuts, pecans, and raisins in the last step before pouring into the pan. It has turned out amazing.
That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.
Krista Grant
I have just found this recipe and am going to try it today. I bake a lot of rye bread and love the flavour of rye so want to introduce it into my "sweet" baking as well. Just wondering what your thoughts are on adding some cocoa powder (maybe 1/4 cup) as I do know chocolate and rye are a good combination. In any case, I'll try without as I generally try to follow a new recipe fully the first time so I understand how the recipe writer is intending their product turns out.
Hi Krista, that sounds tasty! Feel free to get creative, and let us know how it turns out.

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