July 31, 2014

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Fried dumplings are traditionally called Johnny Cakes, which derived from the name journey cake. During slavery times in Jamaica these fried “biscuits” were packed to take on long journeys, which is how they got their name. Today Fried Dumplings are usually partnered with breakfast dishes like Callaloo and Ackee and Saltfish.

Ingredients

2 cups  All-purpose flour
1 tsp  Salt
3 tsp  Baking powder
3 Tbsp  Butter or margarine
3/4 cup  Cold water
1/2 cup  Cooking oil

Method

1. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl
2. Blend butter into dry ingredients with hands or mixer until crumbly
3. Add water, a little at a time, to dry ingredients until dough holds together (you may
not need all the water)
. Sprinkle with more flour if dough is too wet.
4. Knead dough until smooth; do not over knead. Place in fridge for 15 minutes

5. Shape dough into 8 small balls (enough to fit in palm)
6. Pour cooking oil into frying pan and set stove to Medium High
7. Place dumplings into pan; oil should be sizzling
8. As each side browns continually turn dumplings until all sides are brown and
dumplings are light and fluffy

Cooking tip:  How do you know they’re cooked inside? When you tap
the dumplings in the pan they should sound hollow

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Fay

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

41 Comments

  • Reply
    gerrard
    July 27, 2012

    Mrs. Fay, I love your authentic jamaican recipes. I cook mostly jamaican food at home and I find your videos and instructions to be informative and entertaining. Please feel free to send me any recipes that I might be missing. Do you have one on tin mackerel also corn beef and this is an affordable meal for these tough times. Respect and blessings.

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      Kay x
      January 31, 2013

      Yes I would love some mackerel and cornbeef alternatives, great for in the working week.

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      Syrus
      February 11, 2014

      Hi Miss Faye please share your recipe for Hard Dough bread .

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    genise greene
    July 30, 2012

    My Dad made these when I was a kid. I love your videos with your daughter.

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    genise greene
    July 30, 2012

    I made these fried dumpling your codfish fritters and plantains a great dinner today. I love you guys. Mrs. Fay your wonderful. Next I’ll make your patties. Oh everything was very god and tasteful.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      August 1, 2012

      Hi Genise,
      So nice to hear from you. I’m really happy that you’re trying so many of my recipes and sharing them with your family.
      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m very encouraged by the beautiful responses I’ve been getting from people like you.
      Blessings, Fay

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    fal
    September 1, 2012

    Mrs Fay, thank you so much for your recipes, I’m Irish and my boyfriends St Lucian, he always asks me to make this food and I didn’t have a clue until I found your website, you have made my boyfriend a very happy man!

  • Reply
    Krystle
    September 3, 2012

    I have to thank you. My grandmother passed not too long ago and your recipes give me back a comfort that she could only give. I can pass them to my children now. Thank you so much.

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    Ann Elle Williams
    September 8, 2012

    Your recipe for fried dumpling, can it be also the recipe for fried bakes?

    • Reply
      Dee
      November 11, 2012

      Yup! This is from a Trini

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    Ronda
    September 24, 2012

    I love your website. I was wondering, do you have a recipe for festivals? I’m tired of buying them, lol

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      September 25, 2012

      Hi Ronda,
      Looking forward to sharing that recipe soon. Thank you for your request. Blessings, Fay

      • Reply
        Hana
        November 6, 2012

        Hi Ms. Faye,
        I am so happy I found this website. My husband is from Mali. That is a country that is located in the western part of Africa. Every time I make rice he always ask where is the sauce. Now that I found this website I can cook alot of good healthy meals that has sauce. He also likes Jamaican food too. And so do I. I cooked the brown stew chicken twice in one week. He liked it and my kids liked it as well. Every time I ask someone how to cook curry chicken or curry goat I get so many different responses. I’m happy that you take the time out of your schedule to show how to prepare the recipes. Today i’m going to make the curry chicken and I know its going to be good. May God Bless You and Your Family.

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        shrinkrap
        January 12, 2013

        What’s the difference between bakes and festival?

        • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
          January 15, 2013

          Thank you for your question. Most Caribbean islands have their version of Bakes. In Jamaica we have Fried Dumplings, but Bakes tend to be lighter and often hollow inside. Festival is Jamaican and popular to eat with fried fish. Unlike Fried Dumplings and Bakes it also has cornmeal and sugar as ingredients. Blessings, Fay

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    Bermuda
    November 12, 2012

    Hi Mrs. Fay! I love the way my Jamaican husband cooks his dishes, and have been acting dumb on purposes just so he would cook. smile.. Next year is our 30th Wedding Anniversary and thought ok it’s about time I start surprising him and cooking his favorite food. Everyone loved it..I also tried the Salt Fish Fritters and the Toto Coconut spice cake. I’m on a roll…but I’ve got to slow down on this good cooking..don’t want to be rolling on my 3oth anniversary. ahahaha Thanks for making me shine!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 14, 2012

      Hi J,
      Congratulations on your upcoming 30th Anniversary! I’m envious that your husband cooks. Mine just likes to eat! Glad to help with some recipes. Thank you for sharing your journey with me. Blessings, Fay

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    Michelle
    November 30, 2012

    Hello Ms. Fay1 I just wanted to say thank you for all of your excellent recipes and instructional videos! I would like to kindly make a request for a video for cooking oxtail. It would be so helpful if you get the time. Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      December 1, 2012

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your kind words. We will be doing an oxtail video in 2013, so stay tuned. In the meantime you can get the step-by-step recipes here on the site. Blessings, F&A

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    Jayne Watson
    January 7, 2013

    Hi Fay, I have been looking for some authentic Jamaican food recipes and then I found yours!! They are so easy to follow and I cant wait to start trying them, Im off for some ingredients at the weekend. My partner loves Mutton curry and rice and peas – could i substitute the Goat meat with mutton? – Or is the mutton curry a different recipe? Also do you have a jerk chicken recipe coming up soon? He really loves that but I have not got a clue how to make it :) Carry on with the great recipes and thank you again for helping us in our kitchens xxxx

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      Jayne Watson
      January 7, 2013

      Oh just one more thing….. when I have tried fried dumplings before they seem to have tasted quite sweet – do some people add sugar to them? Thanks again xx

      • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
        January 15, 2013

        Hi Jayne,
        Thank you for getting in touch. It’s not traditional to add sugar to fried dumplings. However, Festival is generally made with sugar as an ingredient. Perhaps it was Festival that your tried? Blessings, Fay

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      January 15, 2013

      Hi Jayne,
      You can certainly replace the goat meat with mutton without having to make alterations to my recipe. Just make to simmer the mutton until it is very tender even if it takes more or less time that my recipe calls for. My Jerk Chicken recipe is one of my secret recipes available to you when you join my mailing list. Blessings, Fay

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    Tawana
    February 25, 2013

    I LUV your site! It is one of the best one’s by far. I luv Jamaican Cuisine. Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes.

    Biq Up!

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    Kim
    March 3, 2013

    Hi! Would it be okay to deep fry these dumplings on a medium heat or is it likely to cook them too quickly? I had dumplings for the first time yesterday and I’m desperate to eat some more!! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful recipes X

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      March 6, 2013

      Hi Kim,
      Thank you for getting in touch. I honestly have never tried deep frying dumplings, but it shouldn’t be too different than pan frying. I believe a sign that something is cooked is when it floats to the top. Let me know how it works out. Blessings, Fay

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    Kim
    April 6, 2013

    So, I’ve made these twice now – once just to snack on and tonight with a goat curry and my goodness they are amazing! I made them just as you say; fried in a pan, and my husband goes as crazy for them as me! Maybe when I’m busier and in more of a rush I might pop some in the deep freer to see how they some out, but your method is perfect. I don’t understand how something so simple can be so delicious but it just is! Thank goodness I found your website

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    Sue
    June 11, 2013

    Hi Fay I love your website, can I make the dough the night before?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      June 20, 2013

      I have never done that before but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work. Just cover the dough with plastic wrap and in the morning bring it to room temperature before rolling the dumplings. Let me know how it goes! Blessings

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    julie
    September 29, 2013

    id just like to say I did your fried dumplings today and they turned out way better than I thought they would with it being my first time,so just to say thank you to you xxxx.

  • Reply
    Sheri
    January 16, 2014

    These turned out great!!!! Enjoying your recipes.

  • Reply
    Marlène
    February 2, 2014

    Mrs Fay, thank you so much for your recipes. For 30 years I have been Trying to find and recreated the food my dear grand mothers used to feed us. Finally thanks to your recipes I am able to do that.

    I have no enough words to Thank .

    Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and god bless you

    Marlène

  • Reply
    Keysha
    February 2, 2014

    I am a Jamaican and I love ur website a lot of the dishes my granma used to make a child and she recently passed and I like the fact that u keep things authentic. A lot of the items I already knew but there are I never had a chance to learn from her … So thank u for dis website…

  • Reply
    Ella
    February 2, 2014

    Hi Mumma Fay,

    When are you going to publish you books and start a you-tube channel. We SO love you and your ways. London, England needs you.

    Blessings, as always,

    Ella

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    Mario Bonifacio
    February 2, 2014

    Truly, you are Jamaica’s finest ambassadors, bringing the Island culture to all who welcome it to enjoy.

    Thank you for being who you are and bringing this enjoyment to me.

    Mario

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 8, 2014

      Mario, thank you for your kind works of appreciation. We are blessed to have people like you supporting us. Blessings, F&A

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    Debbi
    February 3, 2014

    Good Morning Miss Fay. I love your website and have found many tips that I did not learn from the time I lived in Jamaica. I would love a good recipe for hard dough bread. My husband loves hard dough bread and I thought I would make some for him. It turned out somewhat similar to what we are used to, but something is missing or I have done something wrong. A cookbook cannot compare to your video lessons – I feel like I’m back in Jamaica watching and learning.
    Debbi

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 8, 2014

      Debbie, thank you for your request. I am currently testing a hardo bread recipe so stay tuned! Blessings, Fay

  • Reply
    Grace
    February 24, 2014

    Fay, I have to say, I’ve been eating johnny cakes all my life! I grew up with my grandmother and she made them very often. I kept making them the way she did as an adult. I followed your recipe this weekend and they were the best johnny cakes EVER!!! The addition of the butter made them so light. My grandmother never added butter, just flour, baking powder and salt and then fried them. They were so delicious I will definitely be making these more often!! Thanks much!!

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    Paul
    March 2, 2014

    Hi Fay,

    Greetings from a fellow Jamaican . Your recipes are a blessing to peopl like me who love eat good food but caan barely cook. I tried the fried dumpling recipe and it came out perfect.Mi dawta love it. Next is the pepper pot soup. You are a gift sent from above and thanks also to your blessed and beautiful daughter.

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    keith
    May 6, 2014

    Hi Fay and Angela!
    As an ex-brixtonian (Brixton in London) now living in Zurich, it’s been great to try out some of your wonderful recipes, keep them coming as jamacian food has yet to make it’s way to Switzerland – their loss!

    Keith

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