Jamaican Recipe of the Day: Banana Fritters

How to make Jamaican Banana Fritters like we do in Jamaica

Jamaican Banana Fritters
Prep Time: 7 mins
Cook Time: 12-18 minutes
Makes 9 fritters

 

Ingredients

* 2 very ripe bananas
* ½ cup of flour, sifted
* ½ tbsp vanilla
* ½ tsp baking powder
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1.5 tbsp sugar
* 2 pinches salt
* ½ tsp cinnamon
* ¼ cup milk
* Sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)
 

How to make it:

  1. Crush bananas and combine with all the ingredients except flour and baking powder.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix evenly.
  3. Spoon mixture into greased pan over medium heat and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar)
TIP: Serve at room temperature. Great snack! Live, Love, Eat!

The Yummy Truth

At Miss Universe one of the questions for our online videos was, if you were a food what would it be? I answered that I would be a banana because it is versatile, in Jamaica we eat it green and we also eat it ripe; I believe, like the banana, I have something for everyone. People probably doubted my belief in the versatility of the banana. Now whilst I was impressed with my on the spot answer, I really love the flexibility of this fruit. In addition to it being long, firm, curved and full of energy – get  your mind out of the gutter! Lol – you can do something with it in all its stages.

Although you can boil green banana to go with your main meals, use a ripe but firm banana in your smoothies or add them to your cereal, I am going to focus on the…

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Jamaican Food: Jamaican Gungo Peas and Rice

The Gungo bean is the next most popular bean protein in Jamaica right after the Red Peas.

The Jamaican Gungo pea is a leguminous shrub that can attain heights of 5 m. This plant probably evolved in South Asia and appeared about 2000 BC in West Africa, which is considered a second major center of origin.

The slave trade took the Jamaican Gungo pea to the West Indies, where its use as bird feed led to the name “Jamaican Gungo pea” in 1692.

You can get the Jamaican Gungo Peas in your nearest food market where it is sold in cans and mostly imported from Jamaica or Central America. Check out the recipe below.

JamaFo (Jamaican Food)

The Gungo bean is the next most popular bean protein in Jamaica right after the Red Peas. The Jamaican Gungo pea is a leguminous shrub that can attain heights of 5 m. Jamaican Gungo pea probably evolved in South Asia and appeared about 2000 BC in West Africa, which is considered a second major center of origin. The slave trade took the Jamaican Gungo pea to the West Indies, where its use as bird feed led to the name “Jamaican Gungo pea” in 1692. You can get the Jamaican Gungo Peas in your nearest food market where it is sold in cans and mostly imported from Jamaica or Central America. Check out the recipe below.

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 10m

Cooking time: 30m

Ingredients

For 4 people

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  • 2 ounce(s) onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce(s) garlic, crushed
  • 1 ounce(s) escallion, chopped
  • 1 sprig(s) thyme
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Jamaican Food: Jamaican Bread Pudding with Sorrel Sauce

Jamaican Bread Pudding with Sorrel Sauce

Jamaican Bread Pudding with Sorrel Sauce

We all love a good bread pudding, it is a yummy snack that can be had anytime of day. Today we give you a great bread recipe with something that is distinctly Jamaican, sorrel. Check out the recipe below.

Preparation time: 20m
Cooking time: 35m

Ingredients

For 8 people ()

  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, cut in cubes
  • 1/8 cup Margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 cup strong brewed sorrel
  • 1/8 cup sorrel calyxes (sepals) chopped in large pieces

Directions

  1.  In a large mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, vanilla and nutmeg.
  2. Arrange bread cubes in a 2 quart baking dish and pour on the egg mixture and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 35-40 minutes. Areas near the center will appear soft but set. TO MAKE SORREL SAUCE:

  4. Melt Grace Hello Margarine in a sauce pan, add sugar and light corn syrup and mix until the sugar granules are dissolved.  Pour in the brewed sorrel and boil until it becomes syrupy.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the sorrel calyxes (sepals).NOTE: Serve sauce over bread pudding.

    Recipe Note:  6-8 slices of bread may be used.

JamaFo (Jamaican Food)

We all love a good bread pudding, it is a yummy snack that can be had anytime of day. Today we give you a great bread recipe with something that is distinctly Jamaican, sorrel. Check out the recipe below.

Preparation time: 20m
Cooking time: 35m

Ingredients

For 8 people ()

  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, cut in cubes
  • 1/8 cup Margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 cup strong brewed sorrel
  • 1/8 cup sorrel calyxes (sepals) chopped in large pieces

Directions

  1.  In a large mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, vanilla and nutmeg.
  2. Arrange bread cubes in a 2 quart baking dish and pour on the egg mixture and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 35-40 minutes. Areas near the center will appear soft but set.

    TO MAKE SORREL SAUCE

    :
  4. Melt Grace Hello Margarine…

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Jamaican Food: Jamaican Tasty Patties

I LOVE Jamaican patties.

I get them from nearby bakeries around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are often less than $2, and they fill me up as if I had a full meal. A Jamaican patty contains various delicious fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. My favorites are beef or salmon, and the spicier the better. Most often, they are eaten with Jamaican coco bread just like a sandwich. This bold and flavorful patty will surely take your taste buds to Jamaica.

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I LOVE Jamaican patties. I get them from nearby bakeries around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are often less than $2, and they fill me up as if I had a full meal. A Jamaican patty contains various delicious fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. My favorites are beef or salmon, and the spicier the better. Most often, they are eaten with Jamaican coco bread just like a sandwich. This bold and flavorful patty will surely take your taste buds to Jamaica.

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