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Johnny Cake (The Bahamas)

Johnny Cake is a dense, biscuit-textured bread made with flour, sugar, milk and baking powder. Though the term cake indicates that this dish is normally savory. Johnny Cake is best served warm with jam and butter or for breakfast with slices of cheese. 
Course Bread
Cuisine The Bahamas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 416kcal


  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature + extra for greasing pan
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk approximately


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until combined.
  • Add the flour, water, salt, and baking powder to the bowl and mix with a hand mixer.
  • Add the milk slowly until the batter is sticky. Mix by hand with a wooden spoon.
  • Dust hands with flour. Transfer dough from bowl to a greased 9×9 pan. Gently flatten the dough in the pan.
  • Bake for approx. 1hr or until the edges of the johnnycake are browned. The johnnycake will not rise much.
  • Let cool for several minutes before cutting into the johnnycake.


Thank you to TruBahamianFoodTours for the recipe!
  • I’ve found that eating johnny cake at room temperature is not normally conducive to a delicious experience. Instead, heat the johnny cake up in the microwave. Add a little bit of butter and then jam (Papaya Jam and orange marmalade are my favorite options). You will love how much softer and more delicious your snack gets!
  • This recipe calls for cooking the Johnny cake in a circle or square, glass pan. The traditional method is cooking the Johnny Cake in a cast iron skillet (in the oven). If you have a cast iron skillet at your disposal, this is a great way to cook the recipe. 
  • Bake some coconut into the Johnny Cake to add a bit of sweetness
  • To store the Johnny Cake, wrap it up in wax paper first. Then, wrap that wax paper in aluminum foil!
  • Some good ways to enjoy Johnny Cake are: 
    • Warm with butter and jam 
    • Used to soak up broths or soups at dinner time
    • Served with slices of cheddar cheese as a lunchtime snack.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg