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.

 Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun_1


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


  • 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


  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


Recipe adapted from Enid Donaldson's Real Taste Of Jamaica



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!


Breakfast, Breads, and Buns

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes




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



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Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun #Easter #TwelveLoaves

Mar 1, 2013 by

Welcome to March! So long February and hopefully spring weather will be right around the corner. With a new month comes a special season – Easter, for those who celebrate. We also have St. Patrick’s Day coming up too.  Today I’m sharing a very interesting recipe that caught my eye. I saw Zucchini as the main ingredient and wondered how on earth would that work with a bun recipe? I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

In Jamaica during the Easter season, Jamaicans enjoy a cake/bread called “bun”, usually served with a local cheese. I made my very first Jamaican Easter Bun last year using a recipe my Mom used to use while we were living in England. When you are living outside of Jamaica, it is very hard to find a real authentic bun that tastes like those from home. So I decided to try different recipes and save the really good ones. Soon I realized that there are quite a few variations being used these days. I’m not sure if these variations are being sold at the supermarkets in Jamaica – I haven’t heard of that yet. I’m happy to see the creativity by those who choose to deviate slightly from a traditional tasting bun. My first deviation from the norm, was a Sweet Potato Bun. I was delighted at how lovely it was! I’m sure I will be making it again this season.

Now, a bun made with zucchini is bound to raise some eyebrows. I’ve never heard of such a thing :-)

 Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun #Easter #TwelveLoaves


  • 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 4 Tsp Molasses
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 Tsp Orange Zest
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins


  1. Proof the yeast: In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Cover and leave for a few minutes while it activates (foaming will occur)
  2. Spray and flour a loaf pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, orange zest, cinnamon, and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  4. Using a standing mixture with a paddle attachment, add and mix in the water, vanilla, molasses, and almond extract.
  5. Mix in the yeast mixture
  6. Fold in the zucchini, followed by the raisins
  7. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Cover and set aside for about an hour.
  8. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean


I found this recipe in the Jamaica Observer’s Easter Cookbook 2012. I probably overlooked it before because it used yeast. I adapted this recipe by using half the ingredients,  omitting rum and replacing it with orange juice. I also substituted mixed peel for golden raisins. I’m just not a mixed peel kind of lady. I think the Chefs that came up with this recipe did a great job. I’m glad that my adapted version came out well.


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Ingredients for Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun


Zucchini added such wonderful moisture to this loaf. I felt good knowing that this vegetable was present. The raisins added a familiar burst of sweetness. A great combination!


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun - main ingredients (a)


Look at all those raisins! No doubt, this bun smelled marvellous while it was baking.


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun - Cut

Zucchini Spiced Bun for Easter


And there you have it. A twist on a traditional Easter staple, using fresh zucchini and raisins. This is my contribution to this month’s #TwelveLoaves challenge. We will be focusing on holiday themed bread for the holidays celebrated during the month of March . Bake a bread (yeast or quick bread), loaf or individual. Do you have a favorite Easter or St. Patrick’s Day Bread? We would love to see it. Let’s get baking!


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Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun



Look at what our very talented #TwelveLoaves bakers have created this March!

We would love to have you join our #TwelveLoaves group! It’s easy!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this March, 2013 posted on your blog by March 31, 2013.

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Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Nov 26, 2012 by

These muffins were destined to be baked. I’ve been wanting to make Rum & Raisins muffins for a while now. The time just didn’t seem to be right, until now. I was so determined to make these muffins that I made 2 batches before I actually got to the one you see here.




Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


You see, the first batch I made was…well, lets just say I didn’t want to eat them. I realized afterwards that I had too many ingredients, or not enough moisture. Either way, it just was a disaster. I had a good laugh at myself. I don’t often throw anything away but I’m well aware that it can happen. I was a little bit annoyed though, as I don’t like to waste food/ingredients. I couldn’t save them. When I realized where I went wrong, I had renewed confidence and proceeded with a big grin.

And then as soon as I carefully placed the muffins into the oven – I saw a main ingredient on the counter. I forgot to fold in the raisins!!!!! Argh!!!!! Ok, now I was MAD! How could I have forgotten to add the raisins!!!???? I could have continued and called the muffins something else. But I really REALLY wanted raisins! So…I proceeded for the third time to make my muffins.

Has this ever happened to you? A bad baking day that turned out great?

Today’s #MuffinMonday recipe comes from King Arthur Flour – Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins. Of course, my own spin made it a tad bit risqué. I think I may have created a filling. Butter, sugar, cinnamon and Jamaican Appleton Rum. I’m going to call it Rum Butter. How’s that for festive?


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 15

A Cinnamon infused muffin with rum soaked raisins, and a rum butter centre Ingredients


  • Topping:
  • 1/3 Cup Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • Rum Butter:
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Rum
  • Batter:
  • 6 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup 2% Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Rum


  1. In a small bowl, soak raisins in 1/4 Cup rum for about an hour
  2. Preheat oven to 400F
  3. Line 2 muffin pans with 15 paper liners
  4. Topping: In a small bowl, combine turbinado sugar, cinnamon, oats, flour and butter until crumbly. Set aside.
  5. Rum Butter: Combine melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and rum in a small bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to add to the center of the batter
  6. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, allspice and cinnamon. Combine with a whisk. Set aside
  7. In a large mixing bowl, beat oil and sugar. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  8. Add some of the milk and mix to combine. Gradually add flour and milk, mixing between each addition until fully combined.
  9. Fold in the rum soaked raisins
  10. Into each liner, add 2 tablespoons batter. Scoop 2 teaspoons of the rum butter into the centre of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.
  11. Sprinkle the batter with the topping, gently pressing down to keep the mixture in the batter


This was from the second batch. They came out great, minus the rum soaked raisins. I guess these were Rum Butter Muffins.


Rum Butter in batter


The rum butter oozing out of the muffin. The aroma in my kitchen. Just lovely.


Fresh out of the oven


A sweet and crunchy topping, for your Monday morning delight.


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


Moist muffins with a hint of rum.


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


Happy Monday!


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Buttermilk Quick Bread

Mar 7, 2012 by

I’m quite fond of quick breads. I love how easy they are to make and the wide variety and variations of each recipe that I come across. I have yet to make a quick bread that I did not like. Granted, I scrutinize the ingredients very carefully before I decide to make it. Please allow me to formally introduce you to Buttermilk Quick Bread. A very simple bread that I have been making on the weekends if I have any buttermilk in the fridge. I found this recipe on one of my daily sources of inspiration: The Kitchn, and knew as soon as I saw it, that I was going to make it. I’ve made it 4 times already – twice plain, once with raisins and this past weekend, with blueberries. Versatile little quick bread, isn’t it? The original post, has a few other variations that look interesting to try too – like Pesto Loaf. (Are you imagining a green quick bread?)

I love that this plain bread is like a canvas. You can tweak it to your liking and chances are, it will turn out great.

Buttermilk Quick Bread. Profile.


Buttermilk Quick Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8-10 slices


  • 2 Cups All-Purpose, Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup 1% Buttermilk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spray a loaf pan (9 X 5) and line with parchment. Spray parchment
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour,sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  4. In a small bowl, add olive oil, egg and buttermilk
  5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Combine gently until fully combined without stirring too much
  6. Add batter to the prepared loaf pan and use a spatula to ensure the batter gets to the corners
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes until loaf has risen nicely, and is golden brown
  8. A toothpick, or knife after insertion, should come out clean
  9. Allow pan to cool for about 15 minutes before removing the bread and slicing to serve


For Buttermilk Quick Bread with raisins, add 1 Cup raisins to the batter and fold in. For Buttermilk Quick Bread with Blueberries, add 1 Tsp Vanilla to the wet ingredients and 1 Cup fresh blueberries at the end. Fold gently in to the batter.


The consistency of the batter is quite thick, so you have to gently spread into the corners with a spatula.


Quick Bread Batter


Ah! Perfection!


Buttermilk Quick Bread – Out of the oven


It’s best to use a serrated knife to cut this bread since it is a bit delicate.


Buttermilk Quick Bread – sliced



Buttermilk Bread



Buttermilk Quick Bread with Raisins


I like that because the batter was so thick, the raisins didn’t have the chance to sink to the bottom of the pan :-) For some recipes with a batter of thinner consistency, like the Ginger Carrot Bread, you have to toss the raisins (or small fruit like blueberries) in flour before folding them into the batter. So nice that I was able to skip that step.


Buttermilk Quick Bread With Raisins – sliced


Finally, with Blueberries. I wanted to cut the loaf to take a quick photograph however, I was entertaining so I did not want to cut it before we were ready to eat it. Everyone loved it!


Buttermilk Quick Bread with Blueberries


Happy Wednesday! I hope the week has been off to an awesome start! I’ll be back soon.

Cheers for now.




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Irish Soda Bread

May 22, 2011 by

This recipe was made out of sheer curiosity. I found this recipe in Healthy Eating magazine. It went down well in no time at all! Enjoy.



3/4 Cup Raisins

1 Cup boiling water

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/3 Cup sugar

3 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Salt

1 Egg

2 Cups Buttermilk

1/4 Cup Butter, melted



Preheat oven to 350F

Place Raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.

Transfer to a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

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