With the Easter holidays just around the corner I felt compelled to make something that fit in with the festivities. What come to my mind when I think of Easter in the UK is bunnies, chocolate eggs and some sort of spiced bun. I opted for a traditional Caribbean spiced bun (my own version of course) as bun and cheese – along with fish and hard dough bread are the two most common meals eaten in Jamaica during the Easter period. As I’m sure you can already guess from the name – this recipe is full of exotic spices produced in the Caribbean, so it’s important to raid the spice rack if you have one. Thankfully most of the ingredients used in todays recipe can be found in your local supermarket.
As my background is Jamaican I would love to create more recipes inspired by my culture or what has been passed down to me from the older generation. If there is a recipe idea you would like me to make or share – suggestions are always welcome!
- 200g Butter
- 175g Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Browning
- 2 Eggs
- 200g Flour
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
- Half a glass of Milk
- Tablespoon Vanilla Essence
- 2 Tablespoon of Nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoon of Mixed Spice
- 2 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon of Molasses
- 8 or 9 Chopped Glace Cherries
- Handful of Sultanas
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4.
- In a saucepan heat butter, brown sugar and vanilla essence until well mixed.
- Once the mixture has cooled add to a bowl – and whisk in two eggs one at a time.
- In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients.
- Now add half the dry ingredients into the batter then half of the milk.
- Repeat this step using the reminding dry mixture and milk.
- Add the molasses and the browning to the bowl and mix well.
- Chop the glace cherries in half and add them along with the sultanas to the bowl.
- Place the mixture into a baking tin and bake for approximately 30 – 40 mins (or until knife comes out clean)