Some foods find their origin in early pagan worship rituals. The Easter hot cross buns is one of many such foods. Read about it here.
Perhaps centuries later the Jamaican spice bun evolved from the practice of making hot cross buns. Whatever their origin Jamaican Spice bun and cheese is a favourite at Easter. Whether made with yeast or stout, this traditional bun served with cheese or avocado is delicious.
Unable to find a recipe for spice Easter buns made with yeast online I decided to share my own recipe, together with a recipe for stout bun using Malta (non-alcoholic malted beverage). I hope you will enjoy making and eating these Jamaican buns.
Jamaican Spice Yeast Bun
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
5 C unbleached white flour
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 1/2 cup tepid water
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground caraway seeds
1/2 tsp ground anise seeds or 2 drops anise oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of oil or melted margarine (Earth Balance)
1 Tbsp Blackstrap molasses
3 tsp vanilla
1 cup mixed fruits (raisins, currents, glace cherries, mixed peel – cherries and mixed peel are optional. Chop cherries and mixed peel into small pieces)
Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of tepid water with 1 tbsp sugar. Let stand for approximately 5 minutes.
Mix together flour, sugar, spices, salt and fruits in a large bowl. Make a well in middle of the flour mixture. Dissolve molasses in tepid water, add vanilla, oil or melted margarine, and anise oil (if using oil). Add to flour to mixture. Mix well. knead dough until smooth, but not too stiff or soft (approximately 10 minutes).
Cover dough and let stand in a warm place until it rises to double its size.
Knead dough again. Divide dough in two. Shape dough and place in well greased baking tins. Let the dough rise to the rim of the baking tin. Place baking tins in preheated oven (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until cooked. Brush tops of buns with honey or syrup when cooked. Remove from oven and cool on baking tray.
Jamaican Spice Stout Bun
3½ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp. Baking powder
1 ½ cups (non-alcoholic malted drink)
½ cup coconut, soy or almond milk
3 tbsp melted margarine
2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp chopped glacė cherries
¾ cup dried fruits combination (raisins, mixed peel, cherries)
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp rose water
½ tsp anise extract or ground anise
Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, spices and sugar in a large bowl. Add fruit mixture. Make a well in the center of mixture and add melted butter, Malta,vanilla,rose water, and nut milk. Combine thoroughly and pour mixture into well greased bread tins. Bake at 350 ° F for 50 minutes or until cooked. Makes two loaves.
Serve with your favourite vegan cheese when cooled. Bun and cheese. Enjoy!
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