Success!!! Puerto Rican Ginger(ed) Bread
I thought you'd like to see how the recipe that Daisy_A linked me to worked out--this is exactly what my friend described and it worked out perfectly, right down to the same kind of cracking on top (I slashed loaves) that the link's picture showed. This comes out like a slightly sweet egg bread with the definite smell of ginger and the little flecks from the Chinese 5-Spice. I was able to translate the recipe from the Spanish. I can't wait to give it to my friend. He will cry, I know. The pictures aren't the greatest but I took them with my phone camera and wanted to post them today.