Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun #Easter #TwelveLoaves

Mar 1, 2013 by

Welcome to March! So long February and hopefully spring weather will be right around the corner. With a new month comes a special season – Easter, for those who celebrate. We also have St. Patrick’s Day coming up too.  Today I’m sharing a very interesting recipe that caught my eye. I saw Zucchini as the main ingredient and wondered how on earth would that work with a bun recipe? I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

In Jamaica during the Easter season, Jamaicans enjoy a cake/bread called “bun”, usually served with a local cheese. I made my very first Jamaican Easter Bun last year using a recipe my Mom used to use while we were living in England. When you are living outside of Jamaica, it is very hard to find a real authentic bun that tastes like those from home. So I decided to try different recipes and save the really good ones. Soon I realized that there are quite a few variations being used these days. I’m not sure if these variations are being sold at the supermarkets in Jamaica – I haven’t heard of that yet. I’m happy to see the creativity by those who choose to deviate slightly from a traditional tasting bun. My first deviation from the norm, was a Sweet Potato Bun. I was delighted at how lovely it was! I’m sure I will be making it again this season.

Now, a bun made with zucchini is bound to raise some eyebrows. I’ve never heard of such a thing :-)

 Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun #Easter #TwelveLoaves


  • 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 4 Tsp Molasses
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 Tsp Orange Zest
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins


  1. Proof the yeast: In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Cover and leave for a few minutes while it activates (foaming will occur)
  2. Spray and flour a loaf pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, orange zest, cinnamon, and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  4. Using a standing mixture with a paddle attachment, add and mix in the water, vanilla, molasses, and almond extract.
  5. Mix in the yeast mixture
  6. Fold in the zucchini, followed by the raisins
  7. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Cover and set aside for about an hour.
  8. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean


I found this recipe in the Jamaica Observer’s Easter Cookbook 2012. I probably overlooked it before because it used yeast. I adapted this recipe by using half the ingredients,  omitting rum and replacing it with orange juice. I also substituted mixed peel for golden raisins. I’m just not a mixed peel kind of lady. I think the Chefs that came up with this recipe did a great job. I’m glad that my adapted version came out well.


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun-1

Ingredients for Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun


Zucchini added such wonderful moisture to this loaf. I felt good knowing that this vegetable was present. The raisins added a familiar burst of sweetness. A great combination!


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun - main ingredients (a)


Look at all those raisins! No doubt, this bun smelled marvellous while it was baking.


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun - Cut

Zucchini Spiced Bun for Easter


And there you have it. A twist on a traditional Easter staple, using fresh zucchini and raisins. This is my contribution to this month’s #TwelveLoaves challenge. We will be focusing on holiday themed bread for the holidays celebrated during the month of March . Bake a bread (yeast or quick bread), loaf or individual. Do you have a favorite Easter or St. Patrick’s Day Bread? We would love to see it. Let’s get baking!


Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun-6a

Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun



Look at what our very talented #TwelveLoaves bakers have created this March!

We would love to have you join our #TwelveLoaves group! It’s easy!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this March, 2013 posted on your blog by March 31, 2013.

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Jamaican Easter Bun

Apr 5, 2012 by

I wanted to make something Jamaican for Easter. I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than Bun and Cheese. It’s a Jamaican tradition! I’ll be cooking all this weekend so this is the first of interesting things to come. I remember as a child living in England, my parents made Easter Bun and it made our home smell so fragrant. I was super excited when my Mom found the recipe that she had used all those years ago. I’m using some of the ingredients for the first time with this recipe. I’m glad I now have things like Anise Seeds in my pantry for future recipes. And I would have never guessed that I would be cooking with Dragon Stout again so soon!

This Bun smelt good in a traditional way. I personally prefer my bun with just raisins and not the mixed peel. But I really wanted to make it as traditional as possible. After looking at a few other recipes, this particular recipe uses Anise Seeds which is not included in modern Bun recipes. I’m fine with that. That means my recipe is special.

In Jamaica, Bun is a big deal. It is generally available throughout the year. If you usually buy Bun at the store, and have not yet purchased some by now – you may very well have missed out. Good thing I have this here recipe for you to actually MAKE Bun :-) That way, you won’t miss out. :-)

I was asking some friends and family about the origins of Jamaican Easter Bun… it’s a tradition that not too many people are familiar with. Thanks to my Bestie for sending me the info as to how Jamaican Bun came about. The British traditionally had Hot Crossed Buns on Good Friday. This same custom was brought to Jamaica and transformed into what we know today as Easter Bun. Jamaicans spiced it up!

“Jamaica’s version is made with molasses, while the buns from England were made with honey. In Jamaica, you eat the bun with cheese, a combination that has become ingrained in island culture. British custom has waned when it comes to eating hot cross buns as fasting food on Good Friday, but in Jamaica the practice is as prevalent as ever. Today the custom is seen as more Jamaican than British. And eating cheese is now a year-round practice, while the bun and cheese dish is prevalent primarily during the Easter holiday.” – An excerpt from an article found on Jamaicans.com


Bun & Cheese


Jamaican Easter Bun

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 10-12 slices


  • 1 ½ Cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Cup Dragon Stout
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tsp Anise seed, divided
  • 4 Tbsp molasses
  • ¼ Cup honey
  • 2 Tsp Allspice
  • 1 Cup mixed fruits and raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Water


  1. Dissolve sugar, butter, honey syrup and spices into Stout over medium heat
  2. In a large bowl, sift in flour then fold in fruits
  3. Beat egg then add to the flour mixture. Stir to combine
  4. Add Stout mixture to flour and half of Anise seeds
  5. Put in a greased pan lined with parchment paper
  6. Sprinkle rest of Anise seeds on top
  7. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or until done
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Make a glaze – Combine¼ Cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl
  10. Brush on to bun


Once Bun has cooled, cover with saran wrap or keep in a zip lock bag in order to maintain moisture




This is the one cheese I have a severe weakness for. I’ll eat it any day of the week! It’s so terribly expensive here in Canada though. If it wasn’t for this post, I would have left it right there on the shelf. I’ve been delaying my cheese fix for when I visit Jamaica.


Only the BEST Cheese in the WORLD!


Dragon Stout, Guinness or Red Stripe Beer can all be used to make Bun.


Dragon Stout


Stout mixture reduced to a simmer.


Stout Mixture



Flour, Mixed Fruits, Raisins and Anise Seeds



Flour, Mixed Fruits and Anise Seeds



Stout mixture combined with flour mixture



Stout added to flour


Ready for the oven.


Easter Bun Batter sprinkled with Anise Seeds


The house smelled wonderful!


Bun – Fresh Out The Oven



Sugar & Water Glaze



First Slice



Bun and Cheese


Making this for the first time was great. The kids loved it. My husband was appreciative. He LOVES this stuff. I bet you next year, he’s going to be looking out for his Easter Bun.


Shout out to my Mom! Thanks for keeping this recipe safe so that I could do the unexpected and actually use it!!! *hugs*

I love my Mom.


For those that celebrate, have a happy and blessed Easter.



Other Buns you may like to try:

Sweet Potato Bun

Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun

Zucchini Spiced Bun

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