These Jamaican festivals are delicious sweet and crispy on the outside with a fluffy interior. It is a versatile dish that can be served any time of the day.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FESTIVAL AND DUMPLING?
There are three key differences between Jamaican festival and Jamaican fried dumpling. The first difference is festival is made with cornmeal. Secondly, festival is rolled lengthwise, whereas fried dumplings are rolled into balls or twisted into knots. Lastly, festival is sweeter than fried dumplings.
2. Baking Powder
3. Brown Sugar
8. Fine Grain Cornmeal
HOW TO MAKE JAMAICAN FESTIVAL
1. Sift your dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
2. Add in the softened butter and use your fingers to mix it in the flour mixture.
3. Add in your wet ingredients and knead your dough.
4. Cover and rest for 30 minutes to one hour.
5. Divide your dough into 6 balls. You can sprinkle a little flour on the dough to make it easier to roll.
6. Roll each ball lengthwise.
7. Heat 2 cups of oil on medium heat until the temperature is between 350°F and 365°F..
8. Fry for 2 minutes on each side until it reaches a golden brown colour.
WHAT TO SERVE IT WITH?
On their own, these Jamaican festival are delicious. However, here are some popular foods that go well with them:
1. Jerk Chicken
2. Jamaican Escovitch Fish
4. Steamed Cabbage
5. Ackee and Saltfish
HOW TO STORE IT
These are best when served fresh, but you can store them for up to 5 days in the fridge. You can also make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 3 days before frying.
CAN I REHEAT IT?
You can reheat them but use the oven rather than a microwave to prevent the dough from becoming tough and difficult to eat.
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- 1 cup Flour (125g)
- ¼ cup Fine Grain Cornmeal (60g)
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar (70g)
- 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder (9g)
- ½ tsp Salt (3g)
- 1 tbsp Softened Butter (14g)
- 3 tbsp Milk (45ml)
- 3 tbsp Water (45ml)
- Sift your dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Add in the softened butter and use your fingers to mix it in the flour mixture.
- Add in your wet ingredients and knead your dough.
- Cover and rest for 30 minutes to one hour.
- Divide your dough into 6 balls. You can sprinkle a little flour on the dough to make it easier to roll.
- Roll each ball lengthwise.
- Heat 2 cups of oil on medium heat until the temperature is between 350°F and 365°F.
- Fry for 2 minutes on each side until it reaches a golden brown colour.