Laurie Sanders Recipe

Bahamian Johnny Cake

By Laurie Sanders rhinemaidens3


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.


Recipe Rating:
 1 Rating
Serves:
8
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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

1
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.
2
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.
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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
  • Comments

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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - May 13, 2011
    YUM Laurie! I love this kind of stuff... Thanks!
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    Laurie Sanders rhinemaidens3 - May 13, 2011
    Thanks Wendy. I will warn you it is only really good when it is fresh and hot. After that, not so much.
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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - May 13, 2011
    I was thinking it might be one of those things I'd wait to make with guests are around so I don't eat the whole thing...lol So that would be ok then...lol
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    sharie strickland herbware - May 19, 2011
    My grandmothers Irish scone recipe was made on top of the stove on a flat iron pan, no sides to it. Some times she put currants in it but the recipe is the same except she made smaller ones, about 5 on the hot pan. And she was Irish!
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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!