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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


  • 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 light brown sugar 156g
  • 1 cup beer 250g
  • 1/3 cup milk 85g
  • 1/4 cup honey 85g
  • 4 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 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


  • Soak the craisins, raisins, and cherries in the 1 cup of beer. Set aside and allow to soak for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8x4 loaf pan. Set aside.
  • Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, in a large bowl and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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 toothpick 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.


  • 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.


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