For breakfast, lunch or a sweet snack in between, the powder bun cookie from Belize is eaten throughout the day. The population of Belize is a mix of many different ethnic groups. This cookie is from the kitchen of the Creoles, descendants of African slaves and their owners. The powder bun – or in Creole poda bun – is an easy scone-like cookie that you make with just a few pantry ingredients. The traditional powder bun is made with coconut oil and coconut milk, but you can also bake them with butter and regular milk. Raisins are not always used but I think they add just that little bit extra. The dough is quite sticky, so rub your hands with flour before you start rolling the cookies.
powder bun cookie from Belize
for about 12 cookies
275 g (2 cups) flour
150 g (⅔ cup) sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
½ tsp grated nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
30 g (2 tbs) of coconut oil or butter
100 g (⅔ cup) raisins
150-175 ml coconut milk or milk
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add the nutmeg and cinnamon
Cut the coconut oil into pieces and add.
Rub with fingertips into the flour mixture. The mixture should resemble breadcrumbs.
Preheat the oven to 185°C / 365°F.
Add the raisins and mix in 100 ml coconut milk. Slowly add more until you get a slightly sticky dough
Rub a little flour in your hands and make small balls of ± 50 grams. Place on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper and flatten them. Bake in the middle of the oven for ± 20 min. until lightly browned and done.
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