Jamaica is the last place you’d expect to find hot cross buns… but they are indeed a legacy left by the British and an absolute local favourite at Easter time.

The secret to good Jamaican cooking is in the spices (especially in Jerk chicken!) so their palates really do love a properly spiced hot cross bun. They’re also not shy of pairing sweet and savoury elements in dishes, with fruits such as plantain and ackee sitting alongside salt fish and meats. And us Aussies love mixing it up too! Fruits, both dry and fresh go especially well with good salty cheese.




The Jamaican’s have injected their love of food into a unique Easter dish that is as Jamaican as Jamaican can be: “Bun and Cheese”. It’s literally a hot cross bun (in a loaf form) sandwiched with a good strong bitey cheddar cheese – and it’s freaking delicious.

So we’ve drawn inspiration to create our very own Jamaican cheese board! We’ve paired Bakers Delight Traditional Hot Cross Buns with 2 different kinds of aged cheddar and plenty of fresh seasonal fruit. The buns have 6 different kinds of spices, so they are full of flavour and really work best with a punchy cheese. Aside from aged cheddars, you can also try a blue such as Gorgonzola or Roquefort.

And let it be known, that our Jamaican cheese board is so yummy that you can eat it for dinner, not just after dinner! 1 hot cross bun is never enough, so pick up a 6 pack from Bakers Delight and this recipe will be a proper Jamaican feed.

Plus, it’s one of the easiest and simplest meals you can prepare! It certainly is a cheese board with a delicious twist… It’s the lazy woman’s secret to preparing a delicious Easter meal!

Jamaican cheese board with traditional hot cross buns

Serves 6 as a snack, or 3 as a light meal

  • 6 pack Traditional Hot Cross Buns from Bakers Delight
  • 300g aged cheddar cheese
  • 3 figs
  • 200g grapes
  • handful of nuts and seeds
  1. Slice the Bakers Delight traditional hot cross buns into 1cm thick slices (if they are a day or two old, you can toast the slices, otherwise leave them fresh)
  2. Remove cheeses from fridge an hour before serving to get the best flavour.
  3. Arrange on a platter and enjoy!