Jamaican Bulla Makes a Great Pairing With Avocado or Cheese

NEW YORK, NY - Growing up in Jamaica as children, we had an array of freshly baked goods to eat daily, especially during lunch time at our primary, high schools and at our colleges.

We had the choice of  the following: sweet potato pudding , cornmeal pudding, sugar bun, beef, chicken and vegetable patties, coconut cake, toe to, icing cake, cassava pone, corn pone, Rock buns, Jack horse corn (a very tough biscuit) and bulla.

All these offerings were often made to perfection and were irresistible and mouth watering. Each would transport you to food heaven and no one could get you to share a piece because it would spoil the experience!

I fondly remember eating each of these and recall the long lines to buy them by the school children; each waiting to eat these treats with delight!bullaja

One of my favorite baked goods was Bulla. I loved bulla because it like the other baked goods is spicy and filling. It is also cake like and is the size of the palm of your hand.

The interesting thing about Bulla is it usually paired with avocado or cheese or butter or just by itself.

The pairing of bulla with avocado, cheese or butter gives a different delicious and satisfying taste in your mouth that it is often savored by the person eating it!

Today I will share with you the recipe for Jamaican Bulla.


3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1tsp nutmeg

2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp allspice

1/2 lb wet sugar or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoon melted butter

3/4 cup Water


Mix all dry ingredients together.

Add water and melted butter.

Put mixture in a well floured board and roll the mixture to 1/2 inch thickness. Put enough water to combine all ingredients.

Cut the mixture into circles. Place on a lightly greased and floured baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for roughly 20 minutes.

Bon Appetite!