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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Jamaican Easter Spice Bun


Good Friday and Easter are just around the corner. To Jamaicans that means a special treat has been lining the shelves of supermarkets and filling the tummies of delighted children and adults alike. That treat is of course, a Jamaican Spice Bun. While it is possible to find spice buns, particularly the plain, circular variety year-round; it is the loaves bursting with sumptuous fruits and the delectable aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg that come into prominence during Easter, and they are certainly worth the wait.

There are traditionally four different ways that you can choose to make a Jamaican Spice Bun, it just depends on the rising agent you wish to use: baking soda, baking powder, yeast or stout. Perhaps one day I will go into the merits of each rising agent, but for today I’m sharing the baking soda option. As many Jamaican grandmothers can attest, the baking soda method produces a soft, moist, melt-in-your-mouth spice bun that’s easy for anyone to whip up.

Spice Buns hold a special place in the heart of many Jamaicans as they invoke memories of family, tradition and togetherness. However, you don’t have to be from the island to enjoy this delicious dessert, as everyone deserves a little more sweetness in their life. So, whether or not you’re Jamaican, I think it’s time to dust off your apron and treat yourself to something fragrant, flavourful and ultimately irresistible, straight from your own oven. And if you are Jamaican, I hope you enjoy this little taste of home. Here we go!