Jamaican Johnny Cakes (Sweet Fried Dumplings) | Lazarus Lynch


Light on the inside, crisp on the outside, Laz’s Johnny Cake dumplings are great on their own and even better to soak up the gravy, baby!



Canola oil, for deep frying
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 ½ Tbsps sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsps unsalted butter, cubed
⅓ cup whole milk


Heat canola oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat until it registers 325ºF.

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.

Cook with soul. Eat with pleasure!