Laurie Sanders Recipe

Bahamian Johnny Cake

By Laurie Sanders rhinemaidens3


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Serves:
8
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Method:
Stove Top
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After a trip to the Bahamas, my mom came home with a recipe for something call Johnny Cake which is completely unlike U.S. Johnny Cake (usually a version of cornbread). It is a great big baking powder biscuit traditionally cooked on the stove top in cast iron pan. It always takes us all back to Spanish Wells, Bahamas to make some. She misplaced her recipe some years ago but I found a very similar one online this week.

Ingredients

3 c
flour
1 Tbsp
baking powder
1 tsp
salt
1/4 c
white sugar
1/2 c
butter
2/3 c
milk

Directions Step-By-Step

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Combine dry ingredients and cut in the butter until pea sized. Add milk to make a soft dough and knead until smooth. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes.
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You can use either of these cooking methods: Heat a cast iron skillet on very low to medium low heat on the stove top and grease well. Roll out the dough into a disk that neatly fits in the pan. Grill on each side about 10-15 minutes being careful not to burn it. Flipping it is a challenge. I used 2 spatulas in tandem. Check for doneness and cut into wedges and eat. This is how they do it in the Bahamas.
3
OR place the dough in a greased 8 or 9 inch round or square pan. Pierce the top with a fork and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with milk, return to oven and bake for 5 minutes more. Then EAT IT.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Biscuits
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Caribbean

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9 Comments

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Laurie Sanders rhinemaidens3
Nov 27, 2011
Thanks Peggy! I hope you like it. It has been a favorite of our family for years. We usually do it stove top but the oven is probably easier.
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peggy mathis sweetladypm
Nov 25, 2011
Laurie, thank you for sharing this recipe. I am thinking of making it today for me me and me! I live alone, so there is no one else to share this with today. Hey, someone has to test it! I am looking forward to trying out your Ethiopian Salad and Wrap as well. Now I am going back to your recipes to find some other goodies to try. Have a great day Laurie and thanks again for sharing some really different recipes.
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Lynne Hawkins chefmamma
May 22, 2011
this sounds good. I'll have to give it a try next time my guys want biscuits. Oh yeah, that's all the time.
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Laurie Sanders rhinemaidens3
May 19, 2011
Okay I don't know why it posted that twice like that. JAP is being freaky!
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Laurie Sanders rhinemaidens3
May 19, 2011
I have never heard of scones done on the stove top! My grandmother was English and she always baked hers in the oven. I'll bet your grandmother's scones were good. Spanish Wells Bahamas where this recipe comes from is the only "all white" Island in the Bahamas. They are the descendants of Scottish settlers but Johnny Cake made this way is ubiquitous throughout the Bahamas. You can't have a meal without it!I have never heard of scones done on the stove top! My grandmother was English and she always baked hers in the oven. I'll bet your grandmother's scones were good. Spanish Wells Bahamas where this recipe comes from is the only "all white" Island in the Bahamas. They are the descendants of Scottish settlers but Johnny Cake made this way is ubiquitous throughout the Bahamas. You can't have a meal without it!