February 25, 2024

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.


2 cups  All-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 tsp  Salt (if using salted butter or margarine use 1/2 tsp salt)
3 tsp  Baking powder
3 Tbsp  Unsalted Butter or margarine
3/4 cup  Cold water
1/2 cup  Cooking oil

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


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

Makes about 8

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