If you have a copy of ‘Our Favorite Jamaican Recipes’ (and if not, why not?), you will know the importance of “bun and cheese” to the Pilliner children when they were young: it was a means to keep them quiet during the 3-hour Good Friday church service.
However, “bun and cheese” was not just popular on Good Friday in the Pilliner household, it was, and still is, a Jamaican tradition during the Easter season. Just like when there is a party – there is always Curry Goat*; or at Christmas time – the drink, Sorrel*, is a must; if it is Easter time, then “Bun and Cheese” is the thing.
Buns were always available from bakeries and supermarkets, but some households made their own.
The recipe for ‘Easter Stout Bun’ can be found in our Cookbook, but here is a recipe for Bun that does not contain stout (dark beer). This recipe was found in one of the dozens of books in which Mother Pilliner wrote down her recipes. No book or paper surface was safe from Mother’s love of recording recipes; in fact, this Bun recipe was found in a 1968 Diary that was filled with recipes amongst the daily recordings of one of Pilliner daughters whilst she was at boarding school.
Quick Easter Bun
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon browning (burnt sugar)
3 tablespoons margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Grease a 9-inch loaf pan.
1. Mix and sift flour, baking powder, and spices.
2. Heat (do not boil) milk, browning, margarine, brown sugar, and vanilla flavoring in a small saucepan.
2. Add beaten eggs to cooled milk mixture.
3. Add egg/milk mixture to dry ingredients.
4. Fold in cherries and raisins.
5. Pour into baking pan.
6. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean.
Serve at room temperature with cheese and/or butter.
Happy Easter, and be sure to enjoy some “Bun and Cheese”!
*Recipe can be found in ‘Our Favorite Jamaican Recipes’.