Authentic Jamaican Bread Pudding – a Sweet Take on a Cultural Classic

Ah, sweet, sweet Jamaican bread pudding. If you’ve never tasted it before, you’re in for a treat. This cultural classic is a pudding-style cake mix blended with spices, sugar, and fruits. It’s a unique and flavorful way to finish any meal or enjoy as a dessert.

The fluffy texture, hint of spices, and sweetness make it the perfect comfort food. Plus, this dish is quick and easy to make, so you can have it ready no matter how busy life gets. Of course, the main ingredients take this dessert from ordinary to extraordinary. That’s why we’ll dive into the specifics of making authentic Jamaican bread pudding.


• 3 cups breadcrumbs
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup molasses
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 2/3 cup butter, melted
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 2/3 cup heavy cream
• 3/4 cup water


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, raisins, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, egg, heavy cream, and water. Mix until everything is well-combined.

3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and pour in the mixture.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown.

5. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of your favorite sauce—butterscotch or salted caramel would both be phenomenal.

This sweet dessert is sure to impress. Plus, you can tweak the recipe to make it even more unique. Take it from a sweet treat to a savory snack by adding savory herbs, cheese, and veggies to the bread pudding mixture. Or replace the raisins with dried fruits like mangoes or cranberries and add them in with the breadcrumbs.

For a traditional Jamaican-style pudding, serve it with hot coffee or tea. Or if you’re wondering what type of sauce to pair with this soft, crumbly cake, try a combination of condensed milk and cream of coconut. This smooth, creamy mix will bring out all the delicious flavors of the bread pudding.

Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert for a special occasion or just an indulgent way to end a meal, this Jamaican bread pudding is sure to satisfy. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can tweak the recipe to fit any occasion. Enjoy!