Fry Jacks

Fry Jacks are often found sharing a breakfast plate with beans and eggs. In my opinion, they are the star of the breakfast plate: warm, a little crispy, puffed, and often topped with honey.

This recipe is easy, quick, and doesn’t require many ingredients… so have fun with it!

Fry Jack variations

There are a few variations for Fry Jacks depending on your region and personal preference: the shape they are cut into, and the liquid ingredient.  Some like their Fry Jacks in “triangles”: a dough circle is cut into quarters then fried.  Some like their Fry Jacks with a slit in the middle: the dough circle is cut in half and given a vertical slit.  Some like the liquid ingredient to be water, some coconut milk, others still substitute whole milk.  All versions of the Fry Jack are very delicious.

How do you like to make your fry jacks?  Leave us a comment, and let us know!

Fry Jack Recipe

Prep Time: 10 - 15 min
Cook Time: 15 - 20 min
Yields: 21 pieces (if smaller)

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups - Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons - Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon - Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 Cup - Water, Coconut Milk, or Whole Milk
  • Oil for Frying (Vegetable Oil works well)

Preparation

  1. Pour approx. 1/2" of oil into a skillet, and start heating it on the stovetop
  2. Sift dry ingredients together: flour, salt and baking powder
  3. Add shortening
  4. Add liquid (water, coconut milk, or milk) little by little mixing by hand. Dough should be soft, and not sticky
  5. Knead for 2-3 minutes until smooth, and roll dough out into a sausage form. Pinch off handfulls. With this (small) batch, I pinch off 7 equal portions, this will make smaller Fry Jacks.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, using your fingertips work the dough into a round, flat pancake. Cut dough "pancake" into quarters.
  7. Test your oil, if it's hot, you are ready to start frying your first Fry Jack!

Pro Tips

Make sure your oil is the right temperature for frying! Too hot, and it will start smoking, too cool, and your Fry Jacks will be soggy. When you drop them in, they should make a little sizzling noise, and bubbles should start to form and start racing up around them.

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