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Nonettes are small, jam-filled cakes from a bygone age. They originated in Dijon, where they were made by nuns (hence the name, which means "little nun" in French). The traditional version is closer to the French "pain d'épices", but this recipe has a more of a citrus flavour, made with marmalade.


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Last modified on: June 2nd 2015

For 15 Nonettes, you will need:

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
23 min.1 hour27 min.1 hour 50 min.
Preservation: Several days in an airtight tin
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #1 Put in a saucepan: 100 ml water, 100 g honey, 50 g caster sugar and 30 g butter with a little orange zest.
Stage 2
5 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #2 Sieve 140 g flour and 5 g baking powder.
Stage 3
7 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #3 Put the saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Stage 4
1 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #4 Remove from the heat and tip in the flour and baking powder.
Stage 5
2 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #5 Mix well with a whisk to make a smooth batter.
Stage 6
10 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #6 Put a first layer of batter in the bottom of the moulds or tins, then place a small spoonful of marmalade on top.
Stage 7
1 hour
Nonettes : Photo of step #7 Cover with more batter and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Stage 8
20 min.
Nonettes : Photo of step #8 Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F).

Bake for about 20 minutes.
Stage 9
Nonettes : Photo of step #9 Leave to cool completely before eating.


For a more traditional flavour, add a little mixed spice (or the special French "pain d'épices" blend if you can find it).

You can also vary the main flavour by using a different zest and marmalade (lime, for example), or simply use jam; blackcurrant is delicious.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 15 Nonettes : 1.65 €
Per Nonettes : 0.11 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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