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Johnny Cake from the Bahamas

Bahamian Johnny Cake is a dense, biscuit-textured bread from The Bahamas made with flour, sugar, milk and baking powder. Johnny Cake is best served warm with jam and butter or for breakfast with slices of cheese.
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine The Bahamas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 416kcal


  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Electric Mixer
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 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 the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat ½ cup unsalted butter and ¾ cup sugar together until combined.
  • Add the 4 cups flour, ½ cup water, ½ tsp salt, and 2 tsp baking powder to the bowl and mix with a hand mixer.
  • Add the ¾ cup 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.


Recipe Copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or persona use only.
  • Dry Ingredients: This recipe is made with simple pantry staples including granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Butter: I use unsalted butter. Leave it out for a few hours before baking so that it is softened and at room temperature
  • Milk: I use 2% milk, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • I’ve found that eating Bahamian Johnny Cake at room temperature is not normally conducive to a delicious experience. Instead, heat it up in the microwave. Add a little bit of butter and then jam (Papaya Jam and orange marmalade are my favorite options but guava or mango may be more popular on the islands). You will love how much softer and more delicious your snack gets!
  • This recipe calls for a circle or square, glass pan. The traditional method is actually to use 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 recipe to add a bit of sweetness


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