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I first had a taste of these crispy fried dumplings called festival at my Mother-in-law’s home and was instantly hooked.  There’s something about deep fried dough – any deep fried dough that is simply amazing and addictive.  Festival (1 of 1)-3This was no different, the cornmeal in the dough gives the outside a nice crunch and gives way to a slightly heavy, lightly sweetened center.   I’ve served the Jamaican festival with ackee and saltfish but this goes nicely with jerk also.  Festival (1 of 1)-9

Jamaican Festival

1 cup flour

½ cup fine cornmeal

1 ½ tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar

¼ tsp salt

½ cup water

Oil to fry

Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, salt and water in a bowl to form a dough.  Cut into 12 equal pieces and roll between your palms to form a log.  In a heavy bottom pot add oil about 1 inch deep.  When oil is hot, drop the dough into pan and fry until golden brown; serve warm.