How to Make the Famous Easter Jamaican Bun and Cheese the Easy Way

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Jamaican Bun and Cheese is a staple during the Easter season in the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where it is enjoyed by countless families as a delicious and satisfying treat. This iconic Jamaican Easter spiced bun is traditionally served on Good Friday, but its mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures means it can be enjoyed anytime. The bun is made from a delightful mix of dried fruit, spices, and a rich, dark dough, creating an exquisite taste that has become synonymous with Easter celebrations in Jamaica.

The process of making this famous Easter treat may seem daunting, but with our easy-to-follow recipe, you'll be able to create this scrumptious bun and cheese masterpiece in no time. The secret to a perfect Jamaican Easter spiced bun lies in the balance of flavors and the quality of ingredients used. Our recipe ensures that you capture the authentic taste of Jamaica's culinary tradition while making it simple and accessible for everyone.

So, if you're looking to bring a taste of the Caribbean to your Easter celebrations, or simply want to try something new and delicious, our guide on how to make the famous Easter Jamaican Bun and Cheese the easy way is just what you need.

Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave you and your loved ones craving for more!

Step-by-Step Guide on Making Jamaican Easter Bun Recipe

Ingredients You Need

  • 2 ounces Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 Bottle Dragon or Guinness Stout
  • 120 ml Fernandez Cherry Brandy
  • 1 tablespoon Guava Jam
  • 1 teaspoon Mixed Essence
  • ½ tablespoon Browning
  • 1 Egg (at room temperature)
  • 200 grams Brown Sugar
  • 454 grams All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 115 grams Chopped Mixed Peel
  • 115 grams Raisins
  • 1 Can Tastee Cheese

For the Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons Guava Jam
    2 tablespoons Water

Tools Needed:

  • Loaf pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Toothpick or skewer
  • Wood cutting board (for serving)
  • Saucepan (for glaze)
  • Pastry brush


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and lightly grease a loaf pan.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the room temperature unsalted butter and brown sugar using a whisk or wooden spoon. This will create a smooth and creamy base for your Jamaican spice bun.

  3. Add the room temperature egg to the butter and sugar mixture, and whisk until well combined.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and baking powder. Mix well to ensure even distribution of spices throughout the buns.

  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing gently to create a thick batter. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in a less moist and tender bun.

  6. Stir in the molasses and browning to give the buns their signature dark color and rich flavor.

  7. Add the Dragon or Guinness Stout, Fernandez Cherry Brandy, guava jam, and mixed essence to the batter. Mix until well combined, ensuring a uniform distribution of flavors.

  8. Gently fold in the chopped mixed peel and raisins, taking care not to crush the fruit.

  9. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon.

  10. Place the pan in the preheated oven and cook for approximately 1 hour, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center of the bun comes out clean.

  11. While the bun is baking, prepare the glaze by combining 2 tablespoons of guava jam and 2 tablespoons of water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the jam dissolves, creating a smooth sauce. Set aside.

  12. Once the bun is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer the bun to a wire rack to cool completely.

  13. When the bun has cooled, use a pastry brush to apply the guava glaze evenly over the top and sides of the bun. This will give it a beautiful sheen and add a touch of sweetness.

  14. Slice the Tastee Cheese and place it on a wood cutting board alongside the cooled Jamaican spice bun. Serve the bun and cheese together, allowing guests to enjoy the contrasting flavors and textures of this classic Easter treat.

With this step-by-step guide, you'll be able to create a delicious Jamaican Easter Bun that rivals the traditional hot cross bun. Enjoy this moist, flavorful, and satisfying Caribbean delicacy with family and friends during the Easter season or anytime you crave a taste of Jamaica.

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Useful Tips for Perfect Jamaican Bun and Cheese Every Time

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Creating the perfect Jamaican Bun and Cheese every time is not as difficult as it may seem, especially when you have a few useful tips to guide you. This delicious treat, inspired by British hot cross buns, is a favorite among Jamaicans and those who appreciate Caribbean cuisine. Here are some helpful pointers to ensure your bun and cheese is a hit every time you make it:

  1. Quality ingredients: The foundation of a great bun made from scratch lies in using high-quality ingredients. Choose fresh spices, good-quality dried fruit, and a reputable brand of processed cheddar cheese for the best results.

  2. Melted butter: When preparing the batter for your Jamaican bun, make sure to use room temperature butter and cream it well with the sugar. This will ensure a smooth, even texture in your final bun.

  3. Don't overmix: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, be sure to mix gently and only until just combined. Overmixing can cause your bun to become dense and less moist.

  4. Room temperature ingredients: To achieve the best consistency in your batter, use room temperature ingredients, especially when it comes to butter and eggs. This will help the ingredients blend together more easily and create a more uniform batter.

  5. Bake evenly: To ensure your bun bakes evenly, use a good-quality loaf pan and rotate it halfway through the baking process. This will help prevent any uneven browning or hot spots.

  6. Test for doneness: To check if your bun is fully baked, insert a toothpick or skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, your bun is ready to be taken out of the oven.

  7. Allow to cool: Before slicing and serving your bun, allow it to cool completely on a wire rack. This will help the flavors meld together and make for a more enjoyable eating experience.

  8. Pair with the right cheese: The perfect complement to a Jamaican bun is a slice of processed cheddar cheese. Choose a high-quality cheese that's slightly tangy and salty to balance the sweetness of the bun.

  9. Store properly: To keep your bun fresh and moist, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. This will help prevent it from drying out and maintain its delicious texture.

  10. Practice makes perfect: Finally, remember that practice makes perfect. The more you make Jamaican Bun and Cheese, the more you'll learn about the nuances of the recipe and how to achieve the perfect bun every time.

By following these useful tips, you'll be well on your way to creating a delicious Jamaican Bun and Cheese that will impress your family, friends, and fellow Jamaicans alike. Enjoy this delightful Caribbean treat and celebrate the flavors of Jamaica in every bite.


In conclusion, mastering the art of making the perfect Jamaican Bun and Cheese is a rewarding experience that brings the flavors of traditional Jamaican Easter right to your table.

By following these tips, you'll be able to create a delicious treat that rivals the British hot cross bun, impressing your family and friends with your culinary skills. This Easter, embrace the rich culture and flavors of Jamaican recipes and enjoy the delightful combination of a moist, spiced bun and tangy cheese for Easter bun.

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