Sweet Potato Bun

Apr 15, 2012 by

I had to share this recipe. It tastes too good to keep to myself. I will also say that this is the last bun recipe I will post until next Easter. Seriously.

However, I will not classify this bun as an Easter Bun even though I found it in The Gleaner’s Easter Cookbook 2012 (Page 26). No, not this bun. This bun can be prepared at any time throughout the year. There are many recipes in the cookbook that I will be trying very soon. I have the best Dad. He mailed me the booklet so that I could have a resource for my posts. He knows how much I like to flip though pages. Isn’t he great? I’m sure you guys remember one of my most favourite things is sending and receiving mail. My dad put a really big smile on my face! Thank you Dad!

The first time I made this bun, and it was a hot mess. I’m not a baker so I had no idea what I did wrong. The batter was thin and after baking it for more than the suggested time, it still came out like a pudding. My husband described the texture of the outside of the bun felt like leather. I was so disappointed because the flavour was quite pleasant but the texture was not good at all. This was my very first baking flop. I decided to look through the ingredients again and compare with all the other bun recipes. I realized that there was probably too much liquid and not enough flour. I made some changes to the original recipe and got it right! Success!!! This is the bun that I will be making next year! I only used raisins and there’s no mixed peel to pick out.

The only way I’ll be making this bun again this year, is if someone specifically asks me to make it or places an order ($$).


Sweet Potato Bun



Sweet Potato Bun
Recipe Type: Dessert, Snack
Author: Lyn of The Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 8-10
A Jamaican style bun, good for any time of the year
  • 1 Cup Dragon Stout (or any stout available)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 2 Tsp All Spice
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Pureed Sweet Potato (I used 2 Sweet Potatoes)
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • Parchment paper and cookings spray
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F
  2. Grease a standard loaf pan using cooking spray. Line with parchment paper then spray again
  3. Peel sweet potatoes then dice into 1 inch cubes
  4. Add to boiling water and cook until soft when pierced with a knife – about 15 minutes or so
  5. Strain to remove excess water
  6. Puree sweet potato chunks in a blender and measure a cup for the batter
  7. Allow to cool
  8. In a saucepan, add stout, sugar, molasses and all spice
  9. Over a low heat, stir just until the sugar has dissolved. Do not bring to a boil
  10. In a small bowl, whisk egg then add it to the stout mixture along with the butter. Whisk to combine
  11. In a medium bowl, add flour and baking powder. Whisk to combine
  12. Gradually add the stout liquid to the flour, mixing well to incorporate
  13. Stir in the sweet potato puree
  14. Fold in the raisins
  15. Pour into prepared loaf pan
  16. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean
  17. In a small ramekin, combine butter and honey. Brush over the bun when cooled.
  18. Slice and serve with cheese and/or butter

This recipe is adapted from “Sweet Potato Easter Bun” from the Gleaner’s Easter Cookbook 2012, Page 26


I was watching the consistency so closely the second time around.


Stout Batter


I like the contrast in colours here.


Add the sweet potato puree


In go the raisins. The batter at this point is fairly firm and has a thick consistency. Exactly what I want.


Raisins added to batter


Ready for the oven!


Sweet Potato Bun Batter


Fresh out  the oven, looking good, smelling great and not feeling like leather on the outside :-)


Sweet Potato Bun out the oven


Checking for the consistency – looks perfect. And then I realized I had cut my bun before I glazed it.  So anxious!


Sweet Potato Bun, Sliced


Now this is more like it!


Sweet Potato Bun, glazed, sliced


This bun was so nice, I had to double up on the cheese. It was moist and dense, as it should be. I think that’s totally acceptable since I’m not having this bun again until next year.


Sweet Potato Bun with Tastee Cheese


I feel great about this bun. Have you had any baking triumphs? I’d love to hear about it.

Have a wonderful Sunday and an awesome week!



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  1. Wow … a sweet potato bun … I never would have thought! I think you’re trying to get me to eat bun!! Lol!

    • I know, right??? Just like you, Bun was never my favourite thing to eat but THIS bun, is more like a cake to me. I love it! If you had it, I’m sure you’d think twice. :-)

  2. Nicky

    Yup i’ll be making this one too! It looks so yummy Lyn, My waistline is not going to be happy!

    • It wasn’t me!!!
      I’ve made 3 buns over Easter and gave away half of the sweet potato bun. I was more than happy to do so! I knew I’d pinch a piece until it was all finished then I’d have no one to blame but me. My scale hates me right now. But I’m about to kiss and make up :-)

      This bun is very, very good. When you make it, share it. Less guilt.

  3. Are you for real? Sweet potato buns..wow..that is incredible idea Lyn! It looks so moist and tasty, got to try it..I love SP so much!!!Thank you for sharing sweetie and have a beautiful day!!!!!

    • Thanks Sandra! I was so curious to try this bun and I’m happy that it came out great. You’ll love it! Have a lovely day too hon! xoxo

  4. Hi Lyn,

    I found your recipe after scouring the web for a Jamaican Easter bun recipe that actually sounded and looked delicious enough for me to try. I saw your other bun recipes but then this one took the cake. It just looks so dense and moist that this is the one I want to try. I just started doing my own baking the other day and so far, my coconut cakes (toto) have come out really tasty and my boyfriend loves them. We’re both Jamaicans so we know what it must look and taste like. What I want to know is, how big is a standard loaf pan? I want to know the correct measurement before purchasing one. Thanks so much.


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