Here's yet another spice I'm not familiar with: mace. I came about acquiring it in a roundabout way, and it lent a complimentary flavor to the orange and molasses in this wholewheat Orange-Mace-Raisin Bread.
The Red Onion Spice & Tea Company is owned by Kathy and Gareth Jones, who live and do business right here in Juneau. I had failed to locate mace at local stores when a friend found it at Red Onion's table at the farmers market. She bought the organic, whole pieces of leathery tissue (shown above) which I ground into a powder for use in this Fiddlehead bread recipe. Related to nutmeg, and also derived from the nutmeg tree, mace is not the most common spice. Read more about mace--including its origins, medicinal uses, and mild hallucinogenic properties--here.
Dissolve molasses in warm water and add yeast to activate. Once bubbly, add spice, zest, raisins, and flour, and beat for ten minutes. Let rise.
After 1 1/2 hours, punch the dough down and let rise until doubled in bulk.