Easter bun

Easter bun, traditionally known as hot cross bun, is as much a part of Jamaican culture as ackee and salt fish. Though consumed mainly at Easter, bun and cheese is eaten all year round in Jamaica. I decided to start baking my own Easter buns after visiting a friend’s home and seeing how easy the process is. I still recall the rich aroma that filled her kitchen. The COVID lockdown provides you with all the time you need to bake your own delicious and yummy Easter bun.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Servings: 6-8

Ingredients: Easter Bun

  • 1 lb. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 bottle Guinness or Dragon stout
  • ½ cup wine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tbsp Browning
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp honey (for glazing)
  • 1 medium egg (optional)
  • 8 ounces dark sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ lb. mixed peel, chopped
  • ¼ lb. raisins, soaked

Directions

  • Step 1: Preheat oven 180°C/350°F. Grease a loaf pan (12″x4″x3″) with baking spray or butter and set aside.
  • Step 2: Whisk together the following ingredients in medium-sized bowl until all granules are dissolved: sugar, molasses, Guinness/Dragon stout, wine, vanilla, honey, browning, melted butter, and beaten egg (if used).
  • Step 3: Melt the butter in the microwave or over low heat on the stove top. In another bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder nutmeg,  mixed spice, cinnamon powder, and salt). Then add the chopped mixed peel and raisins.
  • Step 4: Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Step 5: Pour mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 60-75 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Step 6: Cool on a cooling rack.
  • Step 7: GLAZE BUN: Pour 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the glaze mixture and use a pastry brush to apply it to the surface of the bun.

Jamaican Spice Bun Recipe

Jamaican spice bun with cheese is favored highly during the Easter period, it is consumed all year round. Jamaican spice bun and cheese is as much a part of Jamaican culture as ackee and salt fish. I began baking my own spice buns after visiting a friend’s home and seeing how easy the process is.

Type: dessert

Cuisine: Jamaican

Keywords: Easter

Recipe Yield: 6-8 servings

Preparation Time: PT0H15M

Cooking Time: PT1H15M

Total Time: PT1H30M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 1 bottle Guinness or Dragon Stout
  • 1/2 cup wine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp browning
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp honey for glazing
  • 1 medium-sized egg
  • 8 oz. dark sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 lb. mixed peel (chopped)
  • 1/4 lb raisins (soaked)

Recipe Instructions: Step 1: Preheat oven 180°C/350°F. Grease a loaf pan (12″x4″x3″) with baking spray or butter and set aside. Step 2: Whisk together the following ingredients in medium-sized bowl until all granules are dissolved: sugar, molasses, Guinness/Dragon stout, wine, vanilla, honey, browning, melted butter, and beaten egg (if used). Step 3: Melt the butter in the microwave or over low heat on the stove top. In another bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder nutmeg, mixed spice, cinnamon powder, and salt). Then add the chopped mixed peel and raisins. Step 4: Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Step 5: Pour mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 60-75 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Step 6: Cool on a cooling rack. Step 7: GLAZE BUN: Pour 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the glaze mixture and use a pastry brush to apply it to the surface of the bun.

Editor's Rating:
5