Embracing the culture, traditions and people of Belize is very easy to do when you visit the country. The people of Belize are humble, hard working and open to sharing their traditions and cuisine to those who are willing to listen and learn.
This is what this blog is all about. Sharing the recipes of Belize with you. The simple recipes that will be featured are from an incredible woman, whom we grew to love as she was our cook during one of our visits to Belize. Her name is Ms P and every dish she served was a food lovers dream come true!
Authentic Belizean Recipes – Fry Jacks
Every morning we were treated to the tantalizing aromas of bacon, eggs, beans and fry jacks being masterfully created by Ms P.
When I asked her what her secret was to creating these delectable dishes, Ms P simply answered, “I cook with love!”
The first recipe that I will be sharing with you is Fry Jack:
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 level tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tbsp Shortening
1-1/2 cup water
Vegetable oil for cooking
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add shortening and cut into the dry ingredients. The dry ingredients and shortening will end up looking crumbly with small bits of shortening throughout the mixture. I used butter instead of shortening, the result was the same, Fantastic!
Add water to the dry ingredient mixture, kneed into dough. Make a ball of dough, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
Heat 1-1/2 inches of oil in fry pan. Using a small piece of dough, drop the dough into the oil to test that dough starts to rise. If the oil is to hot, it will burn and not rise.
Roll out dough like 14 inch, thin crust pizza. Cut into 9 pieces. Add to oil. The dough will puff up and brown on one side, flip to other side till brown. Stay close during this step as the jacks can burn quickly
Serve with your favorite jam, syrup, honey or with the rest of your breakfast.
This is a very easy recipe. Within 30 minutes you and your family can enjoy this amazing treat as a snack or as part of your main breakfast.
There is just one last ingredient to add: a pinch of love. Love is the ingredient that brings family and friends together.
Enjoy this wonderful recipe. Be careful though, over consumption of this recipe can cause laughter, smiles and your waistline to increase.