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Jamaican Spice Bun

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This Jamaican Spice Bun is usually served with cheese and served during the Easter holiday. I eat it year round, don’t judge me. It’s a delicious bread recipe that is a part of the Jamaican Culture and can easily be made at home.

spice bun on cooling rack cut in half

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Any Jamaican will let you know that it is a must to eat “Bun & Cheese” for Easter. Growing up, it was a must for me to eat Bun & Cheese every time I visited the Jamaican bakery.

This homemade version is easy to make and is quite delicious. I like to slice it up and place slices of sharp cheddar cheese on it.

How to Make Jamaican Spice Bun

Gather all your ingredients.

ingredients for jamaican spice bun

Soak the dry fruits in the beer to hydrate them. I do this for about 30 minutes.

dried fruits soaking in beer
 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a standard 8×4 loaf pan. Set aside.

Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

dry spices in a bowl with wooden spoon sticking out

In another bowl, combine brown sugar, egg, milk, honey, melted butter, molasses, browning, vanilla extract, and the beer that’s soaking the fruit. Do not pour the fruit in at this time, just the beer. Mix to combine.

jamaican spice bun wet ingredients

Remove 2 Tbsp of flour from the flour mixture and pour over the fruits and toss until they are covered.

Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and mix in the wet ingredients, stirring until combined.

collage of dry and wet mixture being combined

Then add the fruits to this mixture and stir until incorporated.

batter with fruits added

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake on the middle rack in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick entered in the middle comes out clean.

collage of batter in loaf pan unbaked and then baked

Allow bread to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then finish cooling on a cooling rack. Serve with cheddar cheese.

spice bun on cooling rack

How to Store Jamaican Bun and Cheese

Store the bread inan air tight container. The bread will last for 2 days on the countertop or up to 5 days in the fridge.

Notes on Jamaican Bun and Cheese

  • I use Red Stripe beer in this recipe.
  • You’ll want to hidrate the dried fruits before adding them to the batter. It helps keep the bread nice and moist.
  • Tossing the fruits in a little flour before adding it to the batter allows the fruit to distribute evenly in the bread and they won’t sink to the bottom.
sliced spiced bun with cheese in the middle

Jamaican Spice Bun Recipe

This Jamaican Spice Bun Recipe is delicious and a traditional bread served in Jamaica for Easter. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword jamaican spice bun
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 407kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour 380g
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder 9g
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 5g
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5g
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 156g
  • 1 cup beer 250g
  • 1/3 cup milk 85g
  • 1/4 cup honey 85g
  • 4 Tablespoon melted butter 53g
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses 18g
  • 1 teaspoon browning 6g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4g
  • 1/2 cup dried craisins 62g
  • 1/2 cup raisins 62g
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries 62g

Instructions

  • Soak the craising, raisins, and
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenehit. Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan. 
    Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, in a large bowl and set aside. 
    Whisk egg in a bowl. Add brown sugar until combined. 
    Add beer, milk, honey, melted butter, browning, and vanilla extract to the egg mixture until combined. 
    Add the flour mixture to your wet ingredients and stir until combined. 
    Add craisins and raisins and stir until incorporated.  
    Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Enjoy 🙂
  • Soak the craisins, raisins, and cherries in the 1 cup of beer. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Set aside.
  • Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, in a large bowl and set aside.
  • minutes or In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, egg, milk, honey, melted butter, molasses, browning, vanilla extract, and the beer the fruit is soaking in. Don't add the fruit at this time.
  • Remove 2 Tbsp of flour from the flour mixture and toss the fruit in it. Set aside.
  • Make a well in the middle of the bowl of dry ingredients and pour in wet mixture, stirring until fully combined. And the fruits to the mixture and stir until incpororated.
  • Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpic comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Serve with slices of cheddar cheese.

Notes

  • I use Red Stripe beer in this recipe. 
  • You’ll want to hidrate the dried fruits before adding them to the batter. It helps keep the bread nice and moist.
  • Tossing the fruits in a little flour before adding it to the batter allows the fruit to distribute evenly in the bread and they won’t sink to the bottom.

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg
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*Adapted from Tanya’s Jamaican Spice Bread. Funny how this Tanya and I share the same name 🙂

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Connie @ BohemienArt

Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Oh my! I haven't tried anything Jamaican yet and I think it's time to change that! I'll stay to see more Jamaican recipes and maybe try some of them ;)

Tanya

Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Yay! You will love Jamaican food! I am excited about sharing recipes I grew up eating.