Jamaican Bun and Cheese Recipe

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Slices of Jamaican Bun and Cheese on a plate

Jamaican Bun and Cheese is a traditional snack found around April in connection with the Christian Easter Celebrations. This snack is Jamaica’s local adaptation of the Colonial tradition of Hot Crossed Buns that are also used in the celebration of Easter.

However, the Jamaican bun uses molasses, a byproduct of sugarcane production that was more available than honey used in Hot Crossed Buns.

In addition to the molasses, this bun is actually in the shape of a loaf and full of local spices and dried fruits, which gives it its iconic flavor.

The cheese most commonly used in this snack is another local Jamaican product known as Tastee Cheese. This local cheese is a bright orange, canned, processed cheddar cheese known for its thick, rich, salty flavor.

Jamaican Bun and Cheese is a real, local treat that has become a traditional snack that represents the evolution and combination of the history and people of Jamaica.

What kind of cheese is used in Jamaican Bun and Cheese?

Tastee Cheese Otherwise, known as canned cheese, is a bright orange-processed cheese that is similar to American cheese, but thicker in texture. Any cheese will work well as the spices in the bun pair well with cheese.

What is Jamaican bun made of?

The ingredients in the Jamaican bun are butter, stout, cherry brandy, guava jam, mixed essence, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, eggs, flour, brown sugar, raisins, citrus peel, baking powder, salt and browning liquid.

How many calories are in a Jamaican cheese and bun?

There are 203 calories in a Jamaican bun and cheese.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
60 mins
Total Time
75 mins
Serves
1 Loaf/ 20 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Unsalted Butter - 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 - 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 Mixed Peel - chopped

  • 115 grams Raisins

  • 1 Can Tastee Cheese

Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons Guava Jam

  • 2 tablespoons Water

Instructions

Soak the raisins in a bowl with the cherry brandy overnight to fully hydrate the fruit.

Arial of a bowl of raisins soaking in cherry brandy

Preheat the oven to 350 °F/180 °C and place the rack in the middle of the range.

Grease a loaf pan, and set it aside for later.

Loaf pan being greased with a pastry brush

Mix the flour, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and baking powder in one large bowl.

Flour and spices being whisked in a bowl

Mix the butter, stout, guava jam, mixed essence, browning, and egg in a separate large bowl.

butter, stout, eggs and flavorings being mixed with a whisk in a bowl

Blend the sugar into the mixture until fully dissolved.

Brown sugar being added to a bowl

Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mixture until fully incorporated.

Wet and dry ingredients being mixed in a bowl

Fold in the mixed peel and soaked raisins, making sure to distribute them within the batter evenly.

Raisins and citrus peel being mixed into batter with a whisk

Pour into the loaf pan, place in the center of the oven, bake for 45 minutes, and test by poking a toothpick into the loaf; if it removes cleanly with no batter on end, it’s ready. If not, bake for another 15 minutes and test again.

Arial of loaf pan being filled with batter

Once the loaf is ready, remove it from the oven and place it on a cooling rack for 20 minutes before serving.

Cooked Jamaican bun cooling on a rack

Slice and serve with a slice of Tastee Cheese and enjoy.

Jamaican bun on a cutting board with 1 piece sliced
Glaze

Using a saucepan, dissolve the jam in the water until syrup consistency, then brush over the top of the warm loaf while cooling.

Overview of a pot with guava glaze being whisked on a gas burner.
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Easter dessert, Caribbean snack, Traditional Jamaican recipe, Spiced loaf, Molasses bread, Canned cheese, Festive treats, Sweet and savory, Cultural cuisine, Holiday baking

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Rachael Ottier Hart
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Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

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