Jamaican Easter Bun Recipe

For all those lucky enough to experience Jamaica, Easter time is a really special time. The island is decorated with bright colorful flags, flowers, and decorations. Every year, Jamaicans bake a special treat to celebrate Easter – the Jamaican Easter bun. This traditional treat is a soft, spongy, and sweet bread with varying ingredients, including pieces of fruit and cheese. Enjoy this recipe for classic Jamaican Easter buns!


  • 1½ cups (374 grams) All-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon (14 grams) salt
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) warm water
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) blackstrap molasses
  • ⅓ cup (60 ml) un-sulfured molasses
  • ⅓ cup (60 ml) orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) white rum
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120 grams) dark or currants raisins
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) softened butter, for later use
  • Sanding sugar, optional


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, active yeast, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Attach a dough hook to the mixer and mix on low speed.
  2. Add the melted butter, salt, and ¾ cup warm water, and mix just until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix for about 5 minutes until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and egg yolk until lightly beaten. With the mixer running, add the eggs and mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Add blackstrap molasses, un-sulfured molasses, orange juice, white rum, and vanilla extract, and mix on medium-high speed for 3 minutes until the dough is glossy and smooth.
  5. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the raisins, mixing just until incorporated.
  6. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size in a warm spot, or overnight in the refrigerator.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  8. Punch down the dough and knead for a few minutes, then divide into 12-14 portions about 78 grams each. Roll each portion into a ball, and place in the pan.
  9. Brush the tops of the buns with the softened butter, and sprinkle with sanding sugar, if desired.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the buns are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Enjoy!