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    Caribbean Fried Dumplins

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    25 mins

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    15 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    A Caribbean/Guyanese staple, dumplins are also known as "bakes". I don't know how authentic this recipe is and the letter "g" has mysteriously vanished, too; regardless, it's easy to make and good served alongside a savory dish or as a sweet treat with honey, butter or jam. These are on the "doughy" side so you know what to expect. From the Caribbean/Central American cookbook.

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    1. 1
      *NOTE: to make your own self-rising (raising) flour, for each pound of flour add 2 teaspoons salt and 2 tablespoons baking powder.
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      In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar and salt. Knead until a smooth dough forms, adding more milk if necessary.
    3. 3
      Mix and knead the dough {{gently}}.
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      Too much over mixing and over kneading and the dough will become tough.
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      Divide the dough into 10 balls, kneading each ball a few times with floured hands.
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      Press the balls gently to flatten slightly.
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      In a non-stick pan heat a little bit of oil over medium heat.
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      Place 5 of the dumplings in the heated pan.
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      Reduce the heat to low* and fry for approximately 15 minutes, until they are golden brown, turning once.
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      Stand the dumplings on their side for about 1 minute to brown the edges.
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      Transfer the dumplings to a plate lined with a paper towel, drain and keep warm.
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      Repeat with the remaining 5 dumplings.
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      Serve immediately while still warm.
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      *NOTE: I tried making these on an electric rage and had difficulty gettin' (there's that "g" missing again -- ) the bakes to fry well. Best to use a gas rage (range) or an electric skillet that isn't temperamental. They can also be deep-fried but that's a bit too greasy for our tastes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 06, 2013


      These made for a nice breakfast with a cup of tea. No one was home to eat them with me, so I only made a half-batch. I also didn't have any self-rising flour on hand, so I used a substitution ratio of 1.5 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt per cup of flour, then omitted the extra salt in the dumplin recipe. They are pretty sturdy, so I'm not sure that I would be able to eat them with a meal, but they were lovely with some butter and honey -- kind of like biscuits. I didn't have any problem getting them to brown on my ceramic-top stove, but I also used a cast iron skillet (which helped, I'm sure). Thanks for posting! Made for the Hot Pink Panthers for ZWT9

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    • on September 30, 2009


      My mother (Caribbean/Guyanese)would make this with a saltfish dish when we were kids. This recipe is perfect and I am thrilled that I finally came across one.

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    • on November 03, 2006



    Nutritional Facts for Caribbean Fried Dumplins

    Serving Size: 1 (81 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 199.7
    Calories from Fat 14
    Total Fat 1.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 4.2 mg
    Sodium 766.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 0.9 g
    Protein 5.9 g

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