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Jamaican Easter Bun Recipe

Easter is not Easter in Jamaica, if there is no bun and cheese. For many years, Jamaicans have gifted bun & cheese at Easter time as a form of well wishes for the season. 

When the British captured Jamaica in the 1650s, they brought the cross bun custom to the island. Over the years, Jamaica has made the original English cross bun its own by replacing honey instead of molasses.

Although bun and cheese has become a snack for Jamaicans to enjoy all year round, buns baked at Easter are usually richer in quality, and packed with a variety of sweet fruits. While we are all apart together, Round Hill is sharing a classic Jamaican Easter Bun recipe with your family during this season.

Add a Jamaican tradition to your Easter this season, and find out what has made bun & cheese a favourite for many generations!

Traditional Jamaican Easter Bun


3½ cups flour
1½ cups sugar
4 tsp. Baking powder
1 cup stout or beer
1 egg (beaten)
2 tblsp. spoon melted butter or margarine
2 tsps. vanilla
1 cup cherries
1 cup raisins, mixed peel, cherries*
½ tsp. ground allspice
pinch of salt
1 tblsp. spoon nutmeg
½ tblsp. spoon cinnamon
½ tblsp. spoon rose water
½ tblsp. spoon anise extract


In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, spices and sugar. Mix thoroughly and add fruit. Make a well in the center of mixture and add melted butter and beaten egg. Mix again until like coarse bread crumbs. Make another well in center of mixture and add beer or stout. Mix the whole thoroughly and turn into well greased baking pans. Bake for 1 hour and 15 mins at 300° F. Makes two meatloaf pans.

If desired, press a few whole cherries into the top of each bun.

Combine fruit as desired.

Be sure to share your Jamaican bun & cheese pictures with us.