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Recipe: Johnny Cakes October 7, 2009

Johnny Cakes

Johnny Cakes

Ingredients :

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter or margarine until the mixture forms marble-sizeddough balls.  Add the water 1 teaspoon at a time, just enough to bring the dough together with a firm consistency.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed frying pot over medium-low heat until hot
  3. Break off pieces and Form the dough into slightly flattened biscuits, about 2 inches across. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well, for about five minutes.
  4. Fry the Johnny Cakes, uncrowded, in the hot oil only until they become golden–(Approx about 2- 3 minutes)
  5. Remove the Johnny cakes with and drain on a paper towels to absorb the extra vegetable oil.
  6. Johnny cakes are usually served for breakfast with Bully Beef or Ackees. (Serves 6)

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