Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Friday, April 02, 2010

Easter Spice Bun

One of my favourite things to make a Easter is a traditional Jamaican Easter Bun. It is commonly eaten all around the Caribbean and is served with cheese. 'Bun and Cheese' is usually eaten around Easter time. I have searched the internet and found many slightly differing recipes which reflect the different Caribbean islands and also individual family recipes handed down for generations. I have come up with my own variation which was inspired by all the rest! First you must soak 8oz of dried fruit in some dark rum and vanilla essence (caribbean mixed essence if you can get it!) Soak the dried fruit for at least 24 hours! 2oz butter, melted, 8oz dark muscovado sugar, 1 bottle of dragon stout, 2oz orange marmalade, 2oz honey. Gently melt all the above ingredients together in a saucepan and leave to cool.
Gently stir in the soaked dried fruit, 2 beaten eggs and the following dry ingredients.
24oz flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp ground star anise.
Stir all ingredients together, and if it is Easter you can add 11 red cherries (like the marzipan balls on Simnel cake, these represent the 11 apostles)
Pour mixture into two 2lb loaf tins and bake at 325F for 15mins, then 300F for 1 hour.
Serve with cheese!


At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

that looks great. Rach made her best Victoria sponge yet today. Diet starts Tuesday!

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

that looks great!

At 4:40 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Looks tasty! Anything is better with beer in it :-)

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Jo said...

That looks delicious. Makes a change from hot cross buns at Easter.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Alex T said...

This is very similar to the tradition up here in North Yorkshire/County Durham where we always have Wensleydale with our Christmas cake. I think I am definitely going to have to try this.

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Looks great! We just posted it on our Facebook page. Thanks for the interesting info and great recipe!
Milford Spice Company

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Hi matron, that looks delicious!I could source all of the ingredients but Dragon Beer...?"

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Peggy - It is just a very dark stout beer... now I think you should be able to lay your hands on something similar in Ireland???

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers said...

That looks absolutely delicious...I imagine Guinness would work equally well?


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