Jamaican Bulla Recipe


2 lbs counter or all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup milk (more if needed)

  • Melt butter and set it aside
  • Add milk and vanilla to sugar to form a syrup. 
  • Combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.
  • Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and add syrup and butter and slowly fold together to form a dough.
  • Flour your clean counter surface and knead for 5 mins, roll out into 1/8 inch thick, cut dough into 4 inch circles or squares, place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • A knife inserted should come out clean.
I substituted the milk for water because the milk gives a richer flavour. Also, if you find that the liquid isn't enough, add more one tablespoon at a time until your dough is formed.

The Jamaican bulla does not have a lot of variations. Some are made plain while others have a ginger flavor. If you are making this at home you can add whatever strikes your fancy. This pastry is very popular in Jamaica and is usually eaten with a glass of milk, avocado or cheese. It is closer to a cake but may be considered a bun.
Have fun making it!

2 tbsp grated ginger root (add more for stronger ginger flavor)


  1. I tried this recipe and the liquid was not enough to form a dough. I used some almond milk until it was consistent enough.

  2. I tried this today but they came out very hard. I used coconut oil instead of the butter. And I used only 2 tablespoons sugar with 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons molasses. I am eating them but they are definitely not delicious. I was trying to recreate the les sweet bullas that I used to have as a child. No one sells those kind anymore, and I don't really like the extra sweet, ginger bullas that are prevalent on the market today.

  3. Hi Joy, I would leave off the molasses and use margarine instead of the coconut oil. I would suggest using honey as your sweetener. The original recipe does not call for eggs but to make it a little softer you could add a beaten egg and reduce the milk. Try my suggestions and let me know.


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