Bahamian Johnny Cake recipe

Gosh! I have been craving so many Bahamian dishes lately that I have basically gone out of my way to make them at home. One of the dishes I have been making a lot lately is Johnny Cake. It's a really simple dish to make and you most likely have all the ingredients already, but before we move on I should probably explain that Johnny Cake is not really considered a cake. I guess you could say it's more of a really sweet and dense bread. Personally, I think there is nothing better than a warm slice Johnny Cake in the morning, slathered with butter or my personal favorite, Guava Jam. It's such a simple recipe that I thought it would be fun to share with you all.


4 cups of flour
3/4 cups of sugar
2tsps baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1/2 cup of water
3/4 cups of milk
1/2 cup of butter

Make sure to preheat your oven at 325 degrees while you prep and also use some extra butter to grease your baking pan ahead time. I personally tend to use a medium sized square baking pan for this recipe.

Next you want beat your butter and sugar together in a large bowl until it's fully blended together. You use a blender for this, but I don't have one so I either use a fork or a hand held whisk.

Now that you've got your butter and sugar blended, stir in the flour, salt, baking powder and water. You also want to slowly add in the milk at this point and continue mixing until your batter is a nice sticky consistency.

Transfer your mixture to your greased pan and press down lightly to even it out.

Place your pan in the oven and bake for an hour or so, until the edges have browned. If it hasn't don't be afraid to let it bake a little longer. I got a new oven and had to let one of my recent batches sit a little longer.

Once your Johnny Cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before slicing.

One of my favorite things about Johnny Cake is that it can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack or paired with something savory like a thick soup. In fact, I actually grew up eating Johnny Cake alongside Chicken Souse. We would always use it to soak up the broth from the Souse.

Is there a  dish that you loved eating from your childhood? Let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time...

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