The Easter bun is a favorite snack among Jamaicans and is eaten especially during Easter holiday.
The eating of Easter bun has its tradition not only rooted in British history, but also paganism.
In Ancient Babylon, cross buns were offered to Ishtar, the pagan goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex.
Ancient Greeks also made similar cakes to honor the moon.
The tradition found its way to England, where cross buns were eaten on Good Friday, with the cross symbolizing the crucifixion of Jesus.
The British took the custom to Jamaica where it was localized and fashioned in the inimitable Jamaican style.
Today, Easter bun is not only popular in Jamaica, but also throughout the diaspora.
Now here is a recipe for this yummy Easter delight.
- 3 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tablespoon browning
- 1/2 pint milk
- 2 tablespoon melted margarine
- raisins and mixed peel (amount based on your taste)
- 1 tablespoon mixed spice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- Measure all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Pour into bun shaped baking pans and bake in a moderate 350F until done well.
- Glaze with sugar and water or pancake syrup and serve.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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