Breads and Cakes

Chef Noel Cunningham’s Jamaican Easter Bun

This Easter bun recipe is my favorite go-to bun recipe every year. It’s lightly spiced with a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, and mixed spice, flavored with stout, and studded with fruits.

Chef Noel Cunningham’s Jamaican Easter Bun

INGREDIENTS

Liquid

  • 2 tbsp. melted margarine
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp browning
  • 1 medium egg (beaten)
  • 11/2 cups dark sugar
  • 1 tsp Molasses (optional)

Dried Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp mixed spice

Fruits

  • 2oz glace mix (mixed peel)
  • 2oz raisins, soaked in water
  • 6 glace cherries to top bun

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 150ºc /300ºF. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray or margarine; set
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy, add vanilla, molasses (if use) browning, stout, melted butter, and sugar, mix until the granules dissolve.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients with fruits (leave some for the top)
  4. slowly add liquid to dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan halfway leaving room for bun to rise (top with cherries if desired).
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  6. Glaze and leave to cool before slicing.

GLAZE

Combine 2 tablespoons honey with 1 tablespoon melted butter and bring to a boil. Use a pastry brush to apply over the surface of the bun.

To Serve:  Serve with slices of cheese.

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 1:15 mins

Total time: 1 hour 30 mins

Yield: 2-2lb loaves

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About the author

Chef Noel Cunningham

Chef Noel Cunningham, socially known as Chef Cunny, is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel and columnist at cooking sense magazine. His philosophy and passion are reflected in his move towards creating healthier cuisine along with showcasing Jamaican cuisine with a modern twist.

He recently appeared twice on CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live, Kiss102.3fm, and was featured in the November 2015 and March 2016 issue of Jamaican Eats magazine. In the last 12 months, he was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican magazine. If that isn’t enough, he has under his belt many television appearances on Jamaica’s CVM TV: Television Jamaica’s morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense, Nyammings cooking show and Talk Jamaica Online Radio.