#GlutenFree Chickpea Fritters for #SundaySupper

Jun 9, 2013 by

I’ve had to look into so many things with regards to how we eat our food today. With all the various food sensitivities out there, it is so important to pay attention to foods that can cause illness to you or your loved ones. I have had to learn about  Gluten from a friend of mine who is sensitive to wheat products. I was not aware of Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity before my friend shared her situation with me. I was more familiar with common food allergies/sensitivities like dairy, nuts and shellfish. Today’s #SundaySupper theme is all about meals prepared for either health or dietary restrictions. So whether it be Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Nut Free – we will have something to share with you today.

Our host this week is Bea from Not So Cheesy Kitchen. Bea’s blog is dedicated to sharing meals and information about a rare metabolic disorder called Classic Galactosemia. This particular disorder prevents the body from processing sugar galactose properly. Bea has been able to allow her family to thrive by preparing special meals that are free from galactose, with guidance from her metabolic clinic. Bea is a true champion! Having a restricted diet has its many challenges, but Bea manages it well and shares her recipes and experiences with us on her blog. Thank you , Bea! And Thank you for hosting this theme that is so close to your heart.

Today I am sharing with you a Gluten Free Fritter using Chickpeas, Scallions, and tomatoes. I really like fritters. There is something about them that I find so comforting. Perhaps it’s because my grandma used to make saltfish fritters for me, I’m not sure. They are so easy to make and such a practical snack. Everyone should be able to enjoy fritters of some kind. They can be served as a side dish or as a snack.

 

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#GlutenFree Chickpea Fritters for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3 Large Scallions
  • 4 Campari Tomatoes
  • 1 2/3 Cups Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 Cups Chopped Spinach
  • Sunflower Oil or Olive Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, sift flours, baking powder and salt. Add milk and eggs, whisk to make a smooth batter.
  2. Fold in the scallions, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large skillet, bring oil to medium high heat. Using a ladle, add about 3 tablespoons of the batter and cook in batches for about 3-5 minutes, then flipping until browned on the other side.
  4. Serve warmed on a bed of spinach (optional) with any creamy Gluten Free dip of choice.
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/06/glutenfree-chickpea-fritters-for-sundaysupper/

 

I really enjoyed these chickpea fritters. It’s always great to know you can create more than just hummus with a can of chickpeas. Scallions bring a lovely flavour to the fritters and pair nicely with the Tomatoes. Any tomato will do, as long as you remove the seeds first. You only need about a cup of diced tomatoes.

 

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I used this opportunity to use the Gluten-Free Flour that I had in my pantry. Instead of using a full cup the GF flour for this recipe, I went half and half with Quinoa Flour – another Gluten Free flour.

 

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I also shredded a handful of spinach to give the fritters some added nutrition as well as a beautiful hint of green!

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I’m very happy to have made a #GlutenFree dish for today’s #SundaySupper. Although I do not have a Gluten sensitivity, I will always try to make a variety of recipes that can assist other readers with special diets. Hope you enjoyed my recipe today. As always, check out the list of Recipes from the #SundaySupper group. Feel free to PIN and share your favourites on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Breakfast

  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut & Soy Free Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding bygirlichef
  • Dairy & Nut and Sugar Free Blueberry Tangerine Muffins by Vintage Kitchen
  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut, and Soy Free Homemade Mango Jam Recipe byMasala Herb

Main Courses

Sides
Breads

Treats

Drinks

 

 

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Financiers with a Summer Berry Salad for #SundaySupper

Jun 2, 2013 by

I’m so excited to be joining #SundaySupper again after what seems to be a very long time. I have missed you all, and all the interaction that comes along with blogging! Life has a funny way of forcing you to slow down, so I did the  best thing for me – I slowed all the way down. I’m getting stronger and well enough to get back into the blogging spirit and share some wonderful recipes with you. Today’s recipe is a good one. So simple and light, you’ll love it. The theme for today’s #SundaySupper is Summer Berries and well, lets just say that we haven’t been short on berries around here recently. Whether fresh or frozen, we have berries for either a quick snack or for smoothies. Our host today is Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes!

One  thing that I would love to accomplish this summer, is taking my children berry picking. I don’t have a preference of what berry…I just really want to pick! I am getting excited at the thought of picking strawberries and freezing them for smoothies, or baking with them. I know my kids will absolutely love that experience. I’m also looking forward to my first trip for the season to my local Farmer’s Market! I went the year before last and had a blast! I’ll let you all know when I get to go, because no doubt, I will have my camera with me to capture all the beautiful Ontario produce.

So back to todays recipe, Financiers with a Summer Berry Salad. The salad is so easy to make and such a wonderful way to enjoy your berries.  Financiers are French in origin and are basically mini cakes made with almond flour. They are very light, moist and every time I make them, they always seem to be finished too soon. The berries are the perfect accompaniment to the sweet, almond infused mini-muffins.

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Financiers with a Summer Berry Salad for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • For the Financiers:
  • 4 Tbsp Egg whites (or the whites from 2 eggs)
  • 60g Confectioners Sugar
  • 25g Ground Almonds
  • 25g All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • For the Summer Berry Salad:
  • 1 Cup Raspberries
  • 2/3 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Confectioners Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed
  3. Fold in the sugar, ground almonds, flour and butter
  4. Divide evenly in silicone mini-muffin cups (about 2 tbsp batter in each cup)
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes
  6. Allow muffins to cool completely before removing from silicone cups
  7. In a small bowl, place strawberries, blueberries and most of the raspberries. Reserve about a third cup.
  8. Using a very fine sieve, press the reserved raspberries through in order to extract the juice and add to the bowl.
  9. Sift confectioners sugar into the bowl and then gently fold to combine.
  10. Serve with the Financiers. Fruits can either be chilled first or left at room temperature.
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/06/financiers-with-a-summer-berry-salad-for-sundaysupper/

 

I truly adore summer berries. I have such an appreciation for them because growing up in Jamaica, these berries are imported and are quite expensive. I only enjoyed and indulged in these fruits when I travelled to the U.S. for summer holidays. I personally prefer baking with blueberries. I like raspberries as prepared in this recipe. But I will eat strawberries all day long. This season, I will get my heart’s desire!

 

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Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries

 

I prefer to make my fruit salad in advance and have it chilled so it can be served once the financiers are cool.

 

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I recommend using silicone mini-muffin cups for this recipe. I tried making it directly in the muffin pan twice, and got poor results each time. The edges were slightly overdone and became rather hard once cooled. I got the best results using the silicone cups.

 

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Financiers – just out of the oven

 

These financiers are excellent on their own, but they go so nicely with fruit. We have also had financiers with raspberry jam, and it is just as nice.

 

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Find inspiration for summer berries from the #SundaySupper members in the links below. Pin the ones you know for sure are keepers. Share your favourites on Facebook! Lets get into the summer spirit!

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. It’s a favourite in my home and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

 

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Peach and Berry Cobbler for a Movie Inspired #SundaySupper

Apr 14, 2013 by

Today’s #SundaySupper is so cool! We are all doing a post inspired by a special or favourite movie. Have you been able to think of a food or beverage and immediately connect it to a movie? You know, like how Carrie has her special Cosmopolitan and Bond has his Martini “shaken, not stirred.” You get the idea. Our host today is none other than Heather from GirliChef! Check out Heather’s awesome recipes on her blog.

I chose the movie Soul Food. I loved the movie so naturally, I loved the series too. I watched every single episode. I laughed. I cried. I crushed. Yes, Boris Kodjoe is the ish! I’m over him now, but back then….just looking at him made my day. I loved the series so much that I jumped at the chance to be an extra in one of the episodes. That’s right. I was on set for about 12 hours, mostly doing nothing – but I was there. It’s too bad I have no idea what season or episode it was. Ha! Ah well.

In the movie, I loved that every Sunday the family got together and had a big meal that everyone would enjoy. It was a time to catch up, work out issues, and share joys. You see, I believe I loved it because the values portrayed in the movie were similar to mine. The focus, aside from all the drama and family bickering, was always on family and bringing them back together after tremendous turmoil. Family first. I love a good drama. If you haven’t seen Soul Food (1997), it’s definitely an oldie but goodie.

It’s too  bad that the idea of Soul Food generally means something deep fried, sugar filled or unhealthy but incredibly tasty. Today I’m sharing a recipe that is a cleaner version of a Soul Food dessert. I wanted to try it because 1. I have never made a cobbler before and 2. I’m coming off a juice fast and I need a sweet treat that won’t throw me off my goal. I love that there are fruits and that the cake is made with spelt flour. Totally my kind of dessert!

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Peach and Berry Cobbler

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

This recipe was adapted from recipe "Peach & Blackberry Cobbler" found in The Best of Clean Eating

Ingredients

  • For the fruit layer:
  • Cooking Spray
  • 4 Peaches
  • 1 Cup Blueberries.
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp light Agave
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • Top layer
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Light Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Pure Almond Extract
  • A sqirt of lemon juice - about 2 tsp
  • 1 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats (not the instant oats)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Fine Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Coat a medium sized heat proof dish with cooking spray (at least 1.5 inches deep)
  3. Prepare the fruits: Peel and cut peaches into slices about quarter inch thick. Place in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add blueberries and strawberries. Toss with flour, agave, lemon juice and ginger. Toss to make sure everything is combined well. Set aside.
  4. Top layer: In another bowl, Whisk melted coconut oil, agave, and almond milk. Set aside
  5. Blend the spelt flour with the oats in a food processor. Transfer to another bowl and then add baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.
  6. Gradually transfer the almond milk mixture into the flour mixture. Stir/whisk to combine. This will yield a thick batter.
  7. Using a large spoon, drop the batter randomly over the fruit mixture.
  8. Place dish over a lined rimmed cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 50-55 minutes, rotating half way through
  10. Serve warm with ice cream
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/04/peach-and-berry-cobbler-for-a-movie-inspired-sundaysupper/

 

 

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Here are the links to some wonderful recipes. Check them out!

Toast (bready things)

No Reservations (soups and salads)

Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)

Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)

Udon (pasta and noodles)

Just Desserts (sweet treats)

Bottle Shock (beverages)

 

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Chicken with Sauteed Asparagus and Lemons #SundaySupper

Apr 7, 2013 by

Keeping the food budget under control is an important aspect of running a home. I learned this from experience. While trying to cut food costs, creativity is a must. I try not to go too wild at the grocery store but, as a food blogger I see so many possibilities whenever I go shopping! But no matter what, I try to make my meals healthy and attractive – especially the budget friendly meals!

Today’s theme for #SundaySupper is budget friendly meals. Such awesome inspiration! Our hosts today are Lane from Supper For A Steal and Pam from Blueberries And Blessings. Please be sure to check the recipe’s from the links below.

Over the past few weeks, I have been making a few changes to my diet. Kindly pardon my lack of posts recently. All will fall into place soon. I will show you some of what I have been making very soon. Today’s recipe is a refreshing spring dish. I deviated from my original idea which was lemon chicken (didn’t turn our the way I hoped)…and ended up with this recipe. Panko crusted chicken breasts with Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon Slices and Capers.

 

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Chicken with Sauteed Asparagus and Lemons #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 5 Chicken Breast Cutlets (or 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 bunch Asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cloves garlic, Sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Capers, rinsed
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Brush both sides of each piece of chicken with mustard, then sprinkle with salt and pepper
  2. Coat each piece with the breadcrumbs
  3. In a large skillet, heat grapeseed oil over medium high heat
  4. Brown garlic in the oil. Discard garlic.
  5. In batches, brown each piece of chicken on both sides until nicely browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside
  6. Slice the lemon in half. Cut one half into slices.
  7. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of oil and bring to a medium heat.
  8. Gently sautee the asparagus for about 6 minutes. Add the capers and the lemon slices. Add the juice of the other half of the lemon.
  9. Sautee for about 3 minutes more
  10. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste)
  11. Plate and serve
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/04/chicken-with-sauteed-asparagus-and-lemons-sundaysupper/

 

This recipe is easy, healthy and affordable. Could anyone resist spring asparagus? Bright lemons? Not me. It also fits well into the changes I’m making to my diet. I will be reducing my processed carbohydrate intake for the next few months. So this means more fresh ingredients in my kitchen, as it should be.

I really do like to cook my chicken in oil fragrant with garlic. It gives such wonderful flavour.

 

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Such an easy and affordable spring recipe. Do you have great, tasty, healthy budget recipes? Please tell me about them in the comments below.

 

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Chicken & Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon and Capers

 

Here are the amazing budget friendly recipes from the #SundaySupper team.

Starters, Soups, and Salads

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Drinks and Desserts

 

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Orange Cake with Orange Syrup #SundaySupper

Mar 31, 2013 by

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I am almost at the end of a four-day Easter weekend. We had our very first Spring-like day yesterday and I got a chance to spend the day out with my family. I’m so ready for April! The last 2 weeks in March were pretty taxing, but everything seems to be returning to somewhat “normal”. Apparently March 31st is National Oranges and Lemons Day! For today’s #SundaySupper, we are sharing with you some of our best citrus recipes. I’m absolutely loving the line up! Our fun and fabulous host is Jen from Juanita’s Cocina!

I love Oranges in my cooking and baking. I must admit, I don’t  include it enough but when I do, it’s always great. When I baked my first orange cake a few months ago, I was so impressed with the fact that I could utilize the whole orange and not just the juice OR the zest. I was very disappointed when I misplaced that recipe and could not find it in time for today’s post. I will find it, but I know it will take some time. This recipe is just as good and the syrup is a winner!

 

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Orange Cake with Orange Syrup #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Recipe from the book "500 Cakes" by Susannah Blake

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 Self-Rising Cake & Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking gSoda
  • 4 Tbsp Ground Almond
  • Orange Syrup: The zest and juice from an orange + 1/4 Cup Granulated Suagr

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. Grease a 10 inch spring form cake pan, line with parchment and set aside
  3. Grate the zest of the orange and set aside
  4. Remove the flesh of the orange ensuring the pith and any seeds are removed. Place the flesh and any remaining juice into a food processor and blend until smooth, about 20-30 seconds
  5. In a medium bowl, sift in flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and the butter. Beat the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  7. Gradually fold in the flour until combined and then fold in the ground almond
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
  10. To make syrup: In a small saucepan, add orange zest, orange juice and sugar. Gradually bring to a boil then stir. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take care not to leave the saucepan unattended. Remove from heat when the syrup has a sticky consistency. It will continue to thicken as it cools
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/orange-cake-with-orange-syrup-sundaysupper/

 

Fact: I do not enjoy eating oranges. But I will drink the juice, cook and bake with the zest, juice and flesh. Strangest thing I’ve ever heard.

 

Baking with oranges gives not only a pleasant aroma, and a gorgeous hue, but also a very light and fresh taste to the cake. This recipe did not require a full cup of sugar as the orange gave it additional sweetness. By itself though, this cake is not a very sweet cake. Its partner does a great job where the true sweetness is concerned.

 

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I’m not sure why I had not thought of blending the flesh of the orange before. Total genius. Not only do I get the juice, but I get the added fiber from the orange as well.

 

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Orange Cake Collage

 

Just so that we are clear…the cake and the syrup stay together. This cake is best served warm after the syrup has been allowed to soak into it for a few minutes. A brilliant transformation takes place and the cake just tastes that much better.

 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my recipe today. Please take a look at the recipes by my fellow #SundaySupper bloggers.

 

Better with Citrus Breakfasts:

Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:

Make You Pucker Salads, Sides, & Main Dishes:

Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:

Sour Sips & Drinks:

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Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun #SundaySupper

Mar 24, 2013 by

Spring is here and slowly, the weather is coming around. The snow is almost melted and I’m excited for what the new season has to offer. Today for #SundaySupper, we are sharing Easter and Passover recipes and our wonderful host is Carla from Chocolate Moosey! You will find lots of Easter and Passover inspiration from the #SundaySupper bloggers at the end of the post. Be sure to check them out. We have a terrific line  up for you, as always.

It’s funny how you can have the worst week, yet there is always something that can help raise your spirits, or take your mind off things for a while. Stealing time to prepare my Easter Spiced Bun for #SundaySupper did just that for me this week. Out of nowhere, my routine got disrupted and I found myself riding a wave of change that I was just not expecting. Life throws things your way and you just have to swim. Sinking is not an option. Decisions have to be made and sometimes what you have to do, is essentially taking one for the team. I’m a true team player, especially for my family. So this past week was not for me at all. I sacrificed sleep, blogging and good nutrition so that I was able to get things done. My children have been absolute troopers! Waking up at 6am was unusual for them however, they managed to join me as I started my day like the wonderful little soldiers that they are. I can see this disruption coming to an end hopefully by the end of this week. I’m sure I will need time to recuperate. But I’m embracing the experience and summing it up to preparation for when the kids start school in the fall. Chances are, I still won’t be a morning person by then.

So on to this awesome Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun. I’ve made a few buns and I must say, I’m impressed by the variety that is out there. I’m not sure if people are just tired of a standard Easter Bun or are just willing to embrace change and experiment a little. I said to a friend of mine recently, who wasn’t so happy that I coined my Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun as being “Jamaican”, we can’t have just one variety of bun! Personally, I love that the main Jamaican publications are issuing Easter Cookbooks with many Easter Bun recipes. If there was only one recipe, I wouldn’t have a bun recipe to share with everyone on my blog this year. It is safe to say that as long as everyone is willing to get creative, I will have something wonderful to bake and share for Easter.

Wouldn’t you like to try this? A wonderful variation of a Jamaican Easter Bun … made with Red Label Wine.

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Here are the other Jamaican Easter Buns that I have made:

My very first Jamaican Easter Bun, made from a very old recipe that my Mom gave to me. I also added a brief history of the Jamaican Easter Bun

An absolute favourite of mine, Sweet Potato Bun

A moist and awesome twist on an Easter staple, Zucchini Spiced Bun 

 

Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10-12 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 3 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Red Label Wine (or a red wine of your choice)
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Soak Raisins in 1/4 Cup boiling water, set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, mixed spice, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg until foamy.
  5. Add sugar, butter and wine, beating after each addition.
  6. Gradually, add the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  7. Fold in the raisins along with any liquid from soaking.
  8. Transfer to a greased loaf pan, lined with parchment paper
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  10. Optional glaze: 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar + 1/4 Cup Water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes until thick. Brush all over then bun and then put the bun back in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool before slicing

Notes

Recipe adapted from Enid Donaldson's Real Taste Of Jamaica

http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/jamaican-easter-spiced-bun-sundaysupper/

 

I turned to my favourite cookbook for this recipe. None other than Enid Donaldson’s The Real Taste Of Jamaica. I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a recipe and decided that you were not going to make it that way. That is what happened with me. The original recipe called for 2 cups of brown sugar. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I just used a cup. I was also sure to use Mixed Spice, which I posted recently. I decided to increase the butter from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 Cup. I know, big difference – but it came out just great!

 

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Jamaican Easter Spice Bun – Ingredients

 

The batter was quite firm, but I believe soaking the raisins and having the extra liquid helped to loosen it up while folding the raisins in.

 Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun Collage (prep)

 

Glazing a bun is totally optional. However I prefer the texture of the bun after it has been glazed. That little extra added sweetness is really something wonderful.

 

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Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun – Glazed

 

I should note something about a Jamaican Bun. It is not a bread that is light and fluffy. It is a heavy, dense bread that is rich in flavours. In Jamaica, I enjoyed bun with Jamaican cheese. Since it can be quite pricey to get that type of cheese in North America, the next best thing (and probably better for you) is Cheddar Cheese. The cheddar that is closest in taste and texture is a sharp cheddar. We enjoyed ours with a mild cheddar that complimented the bun very well. Bun can be enjoyed as an open-faced sandwich as well as a sandwich type snack. I enjoy my cheese well secured between two slices of bun, with just a little butter to seal the deal.

 

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Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun

 

Here are some Easter and Passover recipes to inspire you for this upcoming season!

Easter

Breakfast, Breads, and Buns

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes

Dessert

Passover

Dessert

Wine Pairing Recommendations for #SundaySupper Religious Feasts from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

 

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