Easter in Jamaica is a time for enjoying bun & cheese! This is not to say that we do not observe the religious traditions associated with Easter like going to Church on Good Friday & Easter Sunday & no meat on Good Friday but there is just something about bun & cheese and Jamaicans at Easter.
We checked in with Executive Chef Simone Walker Barrett when we heard she was doing bun with a twist for the season and are we glad we did! Her Cassava Stout Bun was absolutely divine! In fact it was soooo good we asked her to share her recipe here.
The Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica Team
You know its Easter in Jamaica when the price of Fish doubles and the supermarket shelves are laden with every conceivable brand of bun you can think of.
How To Fry Sprats Jamaican 'Style'
The tradition of eating fish, mainly fried, at Easter are part of our religious traditions which include abstaining from red meat for lent (40 days after Ash Wednesday) and not cooking on Good Friday. Especially popular at Easter are Fried Sprats which are enjoyed with warm hard dough bread lathered in butter!
Jamaica Easter Bun & Cheese
The most popular tradition at Easter in Jamaica is that of eating Bun & Cheese! It is said that this Jamaican Easter Tradition was inherited from the English who at one time occupied Jamaica & that our buns are a tropical ‘twist’ on their hot cross buns. In addition to our traditional Easter Bun with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, and bursting with raisins, currants & other dried fruit, Jamaican also enjoy stout buns, spiced buns and more.
Jamaican Stout Bun Recipe ( by Nyam Jamaica & Trevor Ferguson)
ENJOY! HAPPY EASTER!
The Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaican Team