How to Make Jamaican Fried Dumplings

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Fried dumplings are a staple in Jamaica, often served to balance out the heat in spicy Jamaican foods. Their slight sweetness also makes them a perfect breakfast food. Traditionally, they have a number of slight variations, and are also known as johnny cake or festival dumplings. Follow these steps to make Jamaican fried dumplings.

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Things you need

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp. corn meal
  • 6 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Half & Half
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Peanut oil for frying

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  1. 1

    Sift the the flour, corn meal, salt and baking powder in a large bowl, and stir in the brown sugar.

  2. 2

    Mix the vanilla, water and half & half in a separate small bowl, and then stir the liquids into the dry mixture, making a soft dough. Knead the dough a few times without removing it from the bowl.

  3. 3

    Place a dry towel over the bowl and set it aside for about 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Flour your hands lightly, and form the dough into eight equal sections. Knead them as you pull and work them into oblong shapes about 1/8 inch thick.

  5. 5

    Heat the peanut oil and deep-fry the dumplings until they're golden brown, turning them once. Don't allow the oil to get too hot. Frying should take about 3 minutes per side.

  6. 6

    Remove the Jamaican fried dumplings from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and put them on paper towels to drain.

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