Recipe of the Week: Bahamian Johnny Cake

by foodfreeway
( August 4th, 2010 )

Exploring the food of the Bahamas is a different experience from that of the countries we’ve experienced lately.

It is situated much farther North, in the Atlantic rather than the Caribbean, and its cuisine is influenced by the British and Southern United States instead of the Spanish and Caribbean culture of the countries featured on Food Freeway in recent weeks.

Johnny Cake
Bahamian food is all about seafood, cool drinks, and coconut – sounds good, doesn’t it? The recipe of the week for the Bahamas is Johnny Cake – and though it’s not seafood, a drink, nor coconut-based, it’s a delicious addition to most meals. Some people prefer to make it sweet by adding more sugar, and others don’t add any at all; it really depends on what it’s accompanying. Johnny cake is eaten in many different countries, but the recipes range greatly. The Bahamian versions have less cornmeal than most, and are often lower in fat.

The following recipe calls a medium amount of sugar. It has just enough sweetness to be eaten on its own as a snack, or paired with breakfast. To use as a side with lunch or dinner, reduce or completely omit the sugar, or for more of a dessert-like flavour, add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more sugar.
Johnny Cake Rising
Johnny Cake
Makes 1 8-inch cake

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons oil
About 1 cup water or milk

Whisk dry ingredients together, and then add oil and enough water or milk to make dough thick enough to knead (about 1 cup). Place in a greased 8 inch baking dish or an 8 inch greased cast iron pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve in wedges or slices with butter or honey.

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On August 4th, 2010 at 10:15 am, Krista said:

Oh yum, Stephanie! :-) I LOVE Johnny Cake and haven’t had it for simply ages. :-) You’ve brought back great memories with this post. :-)

On August 4th, 2010 at 3:03 pm, Jen said:

I am a fan of Johnny Cake too! So good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

On August 4th, 2010 at 4:01 pm, Debi Lander said:

I would love this Johnny Cake, but can I have one of those coconut-based drinks, too?

On August 4th, 2010 at 5:10 pm, Wanderluster said:

It’s neat that you can scale the sugar (and the butter and honey!) up or down.

On August 4th, 2010 at 6:09 pm, Angela (Travel with a Purpose) said:

Looks good! And Johnny cake sounds like it should have it’s own song. Or nursery rhyme.

On August 5th, 2010 at 9:36 am, Julie @ Get Healthy Cheap... said:

I never knew what Johnny Cakes were, they look yummy! I like that you can adjust the sugar.

On October 16th, 2014 at 6:10 pm, So so good! said:

This is the best johnny cake! I make it with chicken souse weekly. Yum

On January 1st, 2015 at 3:17 am, Dashanique said:

I from the Bahamas and Johnny Cake is really good. We eat it with mostly soup like Dumpling soup, Stew Fish, Stew Conch and Chicken Souse. Its also really good for breakfast with melted cheese on top.

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