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Jamaican Bulla Cake and Jerk Tukey Issue #008
November 17, 2004

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Well I hope you enjoyed your Toto last month, mine was delicious. But I should have included bulla cake recipe in that last e-zine. You know, I am not going to cry over spilt milk, so your bulla cake recipe is right and ready today, Yah Mon!

Before I get into the Bulla Cake, let me get into the spirit of celebrating the Holiday Season which is imminent by adding a secret Jerk Turkey recipe I stole from Auntie Mae-Mae.

And I am aware it’s close to Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and you may be looking for something to do with that bird other than the some old stuff you’ve done, year in year out. Cool? Just bear with me for a moment.

But Bulla Cake is the most common treat in Jamaica among the regular folk. This is the poor man’s treat. It is sometimes eaten with cheese, butter, or avocado pear. You can enjoy it with you favorite drinks such as, milk, sodas, sugar and water, teas, lemonade, etc…

Alright your basic Bulla Cake is made like this:

2 lbs. Flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

½ tsp. Baking soda

¼ tsp. Salt

2 tbsp. Butter

¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg

½ tsp. Cinnamon

1 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

Melt the butter in a small pot on the stove top, do not microwave. Let the melted butter sit aside for a minute, meanwhile add water to the sugar to make sweet syrup; mix enough water and sugar until the solution is saturated. Now mix all the other dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Make a clearing in the centre of the dry ingredients mixture and pour in the syrup and melted butter. Slowly fold together to make dough.

Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board and then knead dough for about five minutes. The dough should be soft and fluffy but not sticky. Now sprinkle some more flour on the cutting board and use your rolling pin to roll the dough to about a 1/8 of an inch thick.

Cut the dough into circles about 4” in diameter. Place the circular pieces onto a greased baking sheet and place them into the pre-heated oven. (the oven should be pre-heated to 350 degrees F).

Bake for twenty-five minutes or more until bullas rise. This is a basic Bulla Cake recipe. You can add other ingredients like ground ginger root or chocolate chips. I have had them baked with Milo, back in the olden days-Yah Mon!

Now onto Auntie Mae-Mae’s secret Jerk Turkey recipe:

1 4lb Turkey

3 oz Walkerswood Jerk Seasonings

2 tbsp. Garlic Powder

1 tbsp. Onion Powder

2 tbsp. Seasoned Salt

2 tbsp. Browning or Soy Sauce

4 tbsp. Paprika

2 oz. Lime or Lemon Juice

Cut the turkey in half and then cut the halves into half pieces; wings, legs, breasts, and thighs. Wash turkey pieces with lemon juice and water. Remove the turkey neck, liver and gizzards, and place them aside.

Combine the rest of the ingredients into a bowl to make a paste. Rub in the paste with turkey in a bowl; make sure all the meat is covered with the paste. Let the meat sit in the fridge for 20 minutes or overnight if you prefer.

Pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees F. Place the turkey in a baking pan and put it in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until baked.

Now we have to make a sauce to go with this bird.

1 Large Onion (chopped) 2 cans Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce

1 tbsp. Browning

¾ oz. Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning

1 oz Cooking Oil

3 tbsp. Season Salt

1 tbsp. Garlic Powder

Boil the turkey neck, liver and gizzards to make a broth. Meanwhile sauté the onions in the cooking oil. Add the rest of the ingredients to the onions and stir for about a minute and then add the turkey broth to the mixture. Cook until the sauce becomes thick or add thickening agents if you so desire.

Let me warn you that this is Hot & Spicy, so you can reduce the heat by adding more Cranberry Sauce or use less of the Jerk Seasoning. My advice is experiment with this recipe before serving it on that special day you plan for.

Yah Mon!

Cooking Tip:

What would you do if Rice and Peas got burned and you have no way to cook-up some more?

Place a pot of cold water close to the burned Rice and Peas, or cut a large onion into four pieces and place it in the burned Rice and Peas pot. Stir in the stir in the onion; this will reduce the burnt smell.

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