How to Make Belizean Creole Bun
Creole food is a big part of what makes Belizean cuisine so tasty, and no Creole meal is complete without some traditional Creole buns. Creole buns are influenced by British-style hot cross buns but have their own unique Creole twist.
Of course, the only place you can get an authentic Creole bun piping hot out of the oven is in Belize, but the good news is that it’s relatively easy to make these tasty treats yourself at home.
2 pounds of all-purpose flour (about four cups).
1 cup of brown sugar.
1 egg (beaten).
2 tablespoons of instant yeast.
3/4 cup of warm water.
1 cup of raisins (optional).
6 tablespoons of butter.
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
1 teaspoon of nutmeg.
1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
1 and 1/2 cups of coconut milk.
Note: You can use condensed milk in lieu of coconut milk, but for an authentic Belizean flavor, use coconut milk!
- Start by placing the instant yeast in a deep mixing bowl. Add in the flour, sugar, egg, nutmeg, and cinnamon (and raisins, if you’re using them).
- In a medium saucepan, add butter, milk, and vanilla. Heat slightly but do not allow mixture to come to a boil.
- Pour liquid into mixing bowl with the flour.
- Mix together with a wooden spoon until ingredients start to come together.
Mixture should neither sticky nor overly dry.
- Cover the bowl and allow dough to rise for one hour.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth and pliable.
- Divide dough into six equal pieces and form into round balls.
- Slightly flatten dough balls and place into pan that can go in the oven.
- Allow dough balls to rise until they have doubled in size.
- Pre-heat oven to 375° F (180° C).
- Bake buns for 30-40 minutes until completely brown. You’ll know when the buns are ready because they’ll emit a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
- Serve and enjoy!
Creole buns can be enjoyed on their own or slathered with cheese, butter, or jelly/jam. For a truly Belizean experience, you can dunk your Creole buns in a mug of coffee for a satisfying breakfast. For lunch or dinner, Creole buns pair very well with a meal of fried fish.