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:

Change these quantities to make: 5 Nonettes 15 Nonettes 30 Nonettes 45 Nonettes

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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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.
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Sieve 140 g flour and 5 g baking powder.

Stage 3 - 7 min.
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Put the saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
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Remove from the heat and tip in the flour and baking powder.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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Mix well with a whisk to make a smooth batter.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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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
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Cover with more batter and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
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Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F).

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Stage 9
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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.


Several days in an airtight tin.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,716 Kcal or 7,185 Kj16 gr180 gr104 gr
86 %6 %17 %16 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
237 Kcal or 992 Kj2 gr25 gr14 gr
12 %1 %2 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
114 Kcal or 477 Kj1 gr12 gr7 gr
6 %<1 %1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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