Think about this: Someone has asked you to name some national treasure (of the snack type) from your country. What would you say? Intriguing, isn’t it? Well, `i know one of the first things I would say if someone asked me about national snack treasures from Jamaica is certainly Jackass Corn! But what is that?
What is Jackass Corn
Jackass is a well-loved, quick, and easy-to-make snack. It is also known as Donkey Corn. It is very popular in Jamaica both with the young and the old. It really is a biscuit but not any ordinary biscuit. With the inclusion of coconut, it has a lovely flavour. It is baked very flat and so is very crispy and rather crunchy. Try it, and I guarantee you will love it! Why the name? To be perfectly honest, I don’t know but that just gives a hint as to how funny Jamaicans are!
Recipe for Jackass Corn
2 cups plain flour
Powder spice (1/4 tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg, and mixed spice)
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dedicated coconut
Water – the amount needed will depend on whether you are using dry desiccated coconut or freshly grated coconut.
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together the coconut, sugar, vanilla and water (add only 1/4 cup of water to start off with and add more if needed). In a separate bowl add the other ingredients. Combine the coconut mixture with the flour salt and spices. Knead until smooth. Roll out until thin. Cut into square or even circular shapes. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 15 mins. Allow it to cool on the tray. The Jackass corn will become crispy.
You can also watch the simple steps to see how to make them. The recipe link is HERE. If you do make them be sure to tell us what you think. Enjoy!
Here are some other Jamaican dishes you might also enjoy
The national dish: Ackee and saltfish
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