Growing up in Jamaica, I knew nothing of the Easter bunny. We never hunted for colourfully wrapped chocolate, and we definitely didn’t waste our food by painting it. Our tradition called for a good Friday fish fry and a day at church with the grown folks. It also called for Easter Bun, a spiced bun eaten with cheese. Just like Sorrel is a favoured drink at Christmas in Jamaica, Easter Bun is a Jamaican’s favourite Easter snack.
The custom of eating this fruity, rich, spiced bun with cheese during the Easter Holiday is prevalent in Jamaica. This custom is likely practiced throughout the world wherever you would find a Jamaican. The bun eaten today is an adaptation of the British hot cross bun that was brought to the island. Today’s recipe is one of many variations.
What is Jamaican cheese? I’ve yet to find a list of ingredients, however it is said to be made with a blend of top quality cheddar cheese from New Zealand. I should point out that this cheese is known and loved for its taste!
Although the official written and spoken language of Jamaica is Standard English, many Jamaicans also speak Patois which is a separate dialect/language. Jamaican Patois (also known as “Patwa”, “Patwah” or “Jamaican Creole”) is the language that is used by most Jamaicans in casual everyday conversations while Standard English is normally reserved for professional environments.
It is quite difficult to acquire the accent of a Jamaican, unless you’ve lived in Jamaica for many years but at a Canadian university, their Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offer an “Introduction to Jamaican Creole” as a course. Jamaican Patois has been gaining ground as a literary language for almost a hundred years.
Bun; it’s not just for eating. The word “bun” has at least four different meanings as found in the Jamaican Patios and Slang Dictionary.
English Translation: burn
Definition: To contain a fire
Patois: Di fyah bun dem!
English: The fire burned them!
English Translation: annoy
Definition: to be annoyed
Patois: A wah yu do bun mi.
English: What you did annoyed me.
English Translation: cheat
Definition: to be unfaithful to one’s partner.
Patois: Mi cyan believe that Sarah gi mi bun.
English: I can’t believe that Sarah cheated on me.
English Translation: spiced bun
Definition: A sweet spicy bun in which spice and raisins are added during the making process. This bun is dark in colour and shaped liked a loaf of bread. It is commonly eaten with cheese during the Easter season.
Patois: Mi luv nyam bun and cheese durin the easta holiday.
English: I love to eat bun and cheese during the Easter holiday.
Honey Glazed Easter Bun
This fruity, rich, spiced bun served with cheese is a favourite Easter snack!
- 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
- 1 ½ cups stout
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ tablespoon browning
- 2 tablespoons guava jam
- 1 medium egg (optional, I bake without the egg as I like to be able to taste that the batter is just right)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ cup mixed peel, chopped (optional)
- ½ cup raisins
Step 1: Preheat oven at 350°F/180°C. In a large bowl, mix together the margarine, stout, wine, vanilla, browning, guava jam and beaten egg (if used).
Step 2: Stir in the sugar and mix until all the granules are dissolved.
Step 3: Mix together all the dry ingredients.
Step 4: Combine liquid mixture with dry ingredients and mix well. Add the chopped mixed peel and raisins.
Step 5: Scrape the batter into a greased 9″ x 5″ x 3″ loaf pan.
Step 6: Bake in a preheated for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Step 7: Cool on a cooling rack.
Step 8: To Glaze: Combine 3 tablespoons honey with two tablespoons water and bring to a boil; remove from flame and use a pastry brush to apply it over the surface of the bun.
Serve with slices of cheese.
Use this bun to make delicious French Toast! Whisk together 2 eggs, 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Heat a little butter in a skillet until sizzling. Dip slices of bun in mixture, place in skillet and fry both sides until crisp and lightly coloured on the outside. This bun is naturally sweet. Layer on your favourite toppings like spoon sweets, fresh fruit, warm maple syrup, icing sugar.
Here’s are some other tips worth noting. If the tips and edges of the bun start to blacken close to the end of baking it, cover the bun with foil. Continue baking until cooked through. Allow the bun to cool and settle for at least 2 hours before serving. If you can wait 24 hours to serve it, even better!
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Here’s what Jamaica Culinary had to say when I tweeted that I made French Toast with “leftover” Easter bun.
What’s leftover easter bun? LOL! https://t.co/yLfMd8lZFI
— jamaicaculinary (@Jamaicaculnary) April 5, 2016
They are correct, there really is no such thing as “leftover” Easter bun. Thanks for stopping by and checking out today’s post.