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Caribbean Johnny Cakes

Perfect served with salty cheese as a lunch, snack, side dish to a soup/stew.. or even a breakfast! These crisp yet soft Caribbean bread rolls are dangerously addictive.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Resting time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6


  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 30 g unsalted butter melted
  • 55 ml milk semi-skimmed or whole
  • 65 ml water
  • 300 ml vegetable oil any is fine...rapeseed, sunflower..


  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in your stand mixer bowl. Melt your butter.
  • Pour in the butter, the milk and water and mix together with a d-scraper or wooden spoon to incorporate into a dough.
  • Knead for 5 minutes using your mixer and dough hook, until the dough is soft and smooth. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Once rested, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and roll them until around 1cm thickness (circles).
  • Heat your oil in a shallow frying pan or saucepan until it reaches around 180 degrees. A thermometer is handy but you can also just drop a small piece of bread in the pan and if it sizzles quickly, you'll know it's ready!
  • Drop in your dough carefully, two at a time. Fry for around 5 minutes, turning them every minute or so. You'll know they are done when they are golden. Place on a couple of kitchen towels on a plate to soak up the oil. Serve warm.


Storage/freezing - Johnny cakes will last for a couple of days. You could toast or grill them if they become a bit ‘stale’. I personally haven’t frozen any but I reckon you could freeze them in a freezer bag and they would be fine for couple of months. You could also freeze the dough too for a month or so. 
Reheating - Johnny cakes do taste nice cold but If you want to enjoy them hot again, you could toast them or place them under the grill for a few minutes.
Keyword Bread, Breakast, Caribbean, Sides
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