During Easter season in Jamaica, everyone wants bun and cheese. The combination has become a tradition in Jamaican culture. There are a few different ways to make it - with and without yeast - so you should find a Jamaican Easter bun recipe below to please everyone.
Bun, also called Jamaican Spice Bun, is baked with lots of spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon, and large amounts of mixed fruits (raisins, cherries, pineapple). The second part of the combo, is the cheese. Any type will do, i.e. cheddar, mozzarella, white, but to qualify as a TRUE Jamaican Easter bun recipe, try to find Tastee processed cheddar cheese (the one that comes in the tin)!
If you can't enjoy a Jamaican Easter on the island, try a Jamaican Easter Bun recipe and pretend you're there!!
Read more about Jamaican Easter customs.
Jamaican Easter Bun Recipe without Yeast
6 ounces stout or beer, such as Guinness (optional)
1/2 tablespoon browning
1 tablespoon molasses
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup raisins (soaked in water to soften, then drained)
1/2 cup mixed peel or citron
2 tablespoons cherries, cut in half
2 eggs beaten
1/2 pint milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the stout on low flame. Add browning, sugar, molasses and butter. Stir until dissolved. Sift together flour, baking powder and spices. Add chopped fruits - ensure raisins are drained - to the mixture. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Bake in a greased loaf pan for 1 to 1 ¼ hours. Remove from oven when ready, and allow to cool about 10 minutes in the pan. Remove the bun(s) onto a wire rack and cool thoroughly. Glaze with sugar water. Honey and melted butter can also be used.
Cut the cooled loaf into ½ inch thick slices. Serve with cheddar cheese slices sandwiched between two slices of bun.
Adapted from: Nyam Jamaica & Trevor Ferguson, Owner, Golden Bakeries
Optional: Craisins are a tasty substitute for raisins.
Jamaican Easter Bun Recipe with Yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp aniseed (optional)
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup Mixed Peel
2 tsp yeast (fast rising)
1 1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter
Place all dry ingredients in bowl, mix together and set aside. Put milk and 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine in a small bowl. Heat in microwave
to very warm. It should feel hot when tested on inside of wrist or (115F to 120F) with a food thermometer, if available. Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix together. Place dough onto clean, dry and floured surface. Knead for 2 to 5 minutes; dough should be soft. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with waxed paper and a damp tea towel and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour). Turn dough out onto the counter again and knead lightly. Shape and place in a loaf pan and let rise again for 1 hour. Bake in preheated 350F oven for about 1 hour.
Optional: Glaze with 1 tsp melted butter mixed with 1 tsp sugar and return to oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and turn out from tin and cool on rack.
Recipe courtesy of Cook Like a Jamaican.