Dukunnu – A Yummy Dessert Recipe
Dukunnu, also more fondly known as Blue Drawers or tie-a-leaf, is typically made with a cornmeal base cooked kind of like a sweet polenta, but variations on the original ingredients include using cassava, green bananas and sweet potato.
Cooked inside a wrapped banana or plantain leaf, these little parcels are steamed for about 40 minutes before you’re free to enjoy them with any meal – if they last for more than one, that is.
They’re also great as a picnic or party food because of their “packaged” nature, so if you’re looking for something a little different to take to a potluck or lunch, maybe test out these little guys and see what your friends think.
Recipe sourced from Inside Journeys.
A Jamaican variation on fried bread/dough, a Johnny Cake is a cornmeal-based fried flatbread that is usually eaten with breakfast, and can be either savory or sweet (by coating them in cinnamon and sugar, the best way to eat pretty much anything).
These cakes taste much like donuts, which is good news for anyone who likes donuts but whom, like many of us, don’t have the means or motivation to make them in their own kitchen.
Plus they’re a great snack to keep on hand or take to work – as long as you don’t end up eating them all in one go.
Recipe right here at Ethnogra-WHAT.
Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding
Similar to sweet potato pudding, this dessert incorporates raisins and coconut flavors with cornmeal rather than the sweet potato base, but has that same “soft top” that helps make its sweet potato counterpart so delicious.
A few of the ingredients, like counter flour and milk powder, might be a little harder to come by at your local supermarket depending on where you live, but the deliciousness of this pudding definitely shouldn’t stop you from seeking them out (or substituting them if that makes things easier)!
Find out how to make it here at Authentic Jamaican Recipes.
Grater Cake Recipe
The final addition to this list is possibly the prettiest one. Grater cake is a bright pink dessert made pretty much from coconut and sugar, sure to be devoured by kids and adults alike.
With very little prep or cooking time, it’s perfect as a simple treat to go with coffee, tea, or eaten in secret in the middle of the night when you just really need a snack.
Whip up a batch to keep in the fridge, or stop kidding yourself and just eat it all at once like the rest of us!
Get the recipe at Grace Foods.
9 Best Jamaican Desserts Recipes, Final Thoughts
Those are the desserts that top our list: what about yours? Feel free to tell us in the comments, and if you try any of the recipes on this list let us know how they worked out or if you made any delicious adjustments!