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Johnnycakes Sweet Jamaican Fried Dumpling

Laz's Johnnycake dumplings are so light on the inside and crisp on the outside. Perfect for sopping up that gravy, baby!


  • Canola oil, for deep frying
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup whole milk


  1. Heat canola oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat until it registers 325°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles pea-size crumbles. Add the milk and form into a dough. Divide the dough into 7 or 8 (2-ounce) balls. Working in small batches, fry the dumplings until puffed and golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and drain. Serve.
  3. Cook with soul. Eat with pleasure!