Spiced bun

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Spiced bun
TypeSweet roll
Main ingredientsSweet roll, spices

A spiced bun is a sweet bun to which spices were added during the making process. Common examples are the hot cross bun and the Jamaican spiced bun.

Common spices[edit]

Spices used in the preparation of spiced buns include:


It is not known where or from the work of whom that spiced buns first came into being. However, it is likely that they evolved congruently throughout bakeries in Europe in the 17th and 18th century, a time when most exotic spices became more commonly available. Spiced buns are carried by retailers such as bakeries and supermarkets.


Many local forms of the spiced bun exist, an example of which is the Cornish saffron bun.

The hot cross bun is probably the most well-known manifestation of the spiced bun, and a great tradition has grown up around it in England. Hot cross buns are traditionally baked on Good Friday, although they can often be purchased at other times of year. In Australia and New Zealand, the Boston bun is a larger variety of the spiced bun, topped with coconut icing.

Jamaican spiced bun[edit]

The Jamaican spiced bun is shaped like a loaf of bread and is a dark brown colour. It is commonly eaten with cheese and is also eaten with butter or alone with a glass of milk. It is also popular in other Caribbean nations.

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