(February 3, 2014) Yah-man – we are traveling to Jam-eh-ca (must be Canadian, no?) and having ourselves some festivals! No, we are not celebrating or partying, but one of the Caribbean island’s favourite snacks, which often are served either as a dessert or as a side with some ackee and saltfish or many other uses. We had seen these on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so we went out to search for an actual recipe and you have no idea how hard it is when all you get is information about festivals of different kinds that happen to take place in Jamaica… If you, though, want to make it a Jamaican party at your house, here are our colouring placemat and passport for the island!
Anyways, we found a promising looking one on Caribbean Pot, and we did not just want to fry them, as pretty much all recipes call for, but also bake them and eliminate a big source of grease in the recipe, which as you may have noticed does not have any fat in it! Nico had been asking us to do a recipe for a while now, so he was on board immediately
Another beauty of the dish is its simplicity. You start with the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cornmeal before you add your vanilla and then gradually the water. Compared to the recipe we had to add a bit more water, but that could just have been due to the extremely dry climate we have here.
…and used some cookie cutters (fishes and insects that we felt you could bump into when being in Jamaica) for the baked portion before brushing a little oil on them for some extra crunch. We rolled up some of the leftovers into a football kind of shape to fry it up.
Here you can see the difference between the fried version (on top) and the baked version (on the bottom).
The fried version turned out soft and moist, while the baked version was a little crunchy on the outside (possible due to the oil), but what both of them had in common was the flavour – a hint of sweetness, a hint of vanilla, aaaaah… And to come full circle – it tastes absolutely incredible with maple syrup. And so we have: Jam-eh-ca! A true Jamaicanadian dish!
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