Belizean Powder Bun Recipe

Belizean Powder Bun Recipe

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Welcome to my culinary journey. Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of Belize’s most popular desserts, Belizean Powder Bun Recipe or Porter bonds. These little treats are a perfect combination of a cake and a cookie, creating a unique texture and flavor that is truly irresistible. I learned how to make these sweet wonders when I was just 12 years old, taking a homemade cooking class in Belize. 

The original recipe for powder bones does not include eggs, but over the years, people have started to experiment and add them for a different texture. After trying it for myself, I gave them a new name, “light poda buns.” 

However, I understand that some people have been having trouble making the Porter buns with eggs, as they often turn out too hard. This is why I have decided to take this opportunity to share with you my secret to making the perfect Belizean powder bones with eggs

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I will guide you through the entire process, step-by-step, to ensure that you get the desired texture and flavor. 

So, get ready to discover the hidden treasures of Belizean cuisine and indulge in the best of both worlds with these delicious powder bones. Also check our special Belizean Johnny Cake Recipe.

Ingredients For Powder Bun

  1. 2 cups of flour
  2. 1 cup of brown sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1.5 cups of Evaporated milk
  5. 1 teaspoon of Ground nutmeg
  6. 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  7. 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  8. 1 teaspoon of salt
  9. ¼ cup of Butter

Tools or Equipment

  1. Oven
  2. Bowl
  3. Spoon
  4. Whisk

Steps For Make Belizean Powder Bun

Step 1: I have set my oven to 350, but you can set yours to 400.

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients (flour and brown sugar) and mix until smooth. If there are any lumps from the brown sugar, use your hand to break them up before mixing. Sifting the flour and brown sugar can also help prevent lumps.

mix dry ingredients

Step 3: Now add your Butter and mix it until smooth, then add nutmeg and give them a good mix until you can smell it strongly.

Step 4: Now it’s time to mix all wet ingredients. Add egg, milk, baking powder, vanilla, and salt in a separate bowl and give them a good mix.

Wet ingredients

Step 5: When completing these processes, To make the perfect dough you must need to mix all dry and wet ingredients. After all are mixed up, cut them into desired sizes and prepare to bake.

Make dough

Step 7: After baking for 20 minutes, they will be ready to serve. Enjoy your fresh, warm Belizean Powder Buns! Serve with a hot cup of coffee or tea or a cold glass of milk.

ready to serve


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Tips and Tricks For Belize Powder Bun Recipe

  1. Milk: I remember my mom making powder buns with coconut milk. Some people use coconut oil instead, but you can use coconut milk, evaporated milk, or even a mixture of both.
  2. Sugar: Use dark brown sugar for the best results.
  3. Vanilla: I prefer the flavor of the Molina brand. This one is the best, and it will make these buns extra special.
  4. Lard or shortening: The addition of lard or shortening is optional, but it can enhance the texture and flavor of the final result.
  5. Raisins: I usually omit raisins, but you can use them to make it better.

How to Store Belizean Powder Bun

To store Belizean Powder Buns, Allow the buns to cool completely before storing. Place the buns in a large resealable plastic bag or airtight container. If storing in a plastic bag, try to remove as much air as possible before sealing. Store the buns in a cool, dry place such as a pantry or kitchen cupboard. If the buns are not being eaten within 2-3 days, they can be frozen for up to 1 month. To freeze the buns, wrap each bun individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe resealable plastic bag or airtight container. When ready to eat, thaw the buns overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

To refresh the buns, warm them in the oven or on the stovetop before serving. Enjoy!

Some commonly asked questions about Belizean Powder Bun

What is Belizean powder bun?

Belizean powder bun is a type of sweet roll that is popular in Belize. It is made with a soft, sweet dough that is typically sprinkled with brown sugar before being baked.

What do Belizean powder buns taste like?

Belizean powder buns have a sweet and soft texture, with a slightly crunchy outer layer from the cinnamon sugar sprinkle. The dough is typically enriched with Butter, sugar, and sometimes eggs, giving the buns a rich and slightly savory flavor. The addition of cinnamon sugar adds a warm and spicy sweetness to the buns, making them a popular choice for a sweet treat or breakfast pastry.

Can I freeze Belizean powder buns for later use?

Yes, you can freeze Belizean powder buns for later use by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer-safe container.

How do I reheat Belizean powder buns?

To reheat Belizean powder buns, wrap them in foil and bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until warm and soft again.


The Belizean Powder Bun Recipe is a delicious and unique pastry that offers a satisfying blend of sweet and savory flavors. This snack is ideal for satisfying hunger cravings on the go, as it is made with a soft and fluffy dough that is rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with a hearty blend of spices.

Whether you are a fan of sweet or savory flavors, this Belizean delicacy is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and is definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

So go ahead and give the Belizean Powder Bun a taste – your taste buds will thank you! Check Us on Social Media of celebrateandhavefun for all recipe related posts.

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