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Cayman Johnnycake

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An old staple recipe in Cayman is the johnnycake.
Oh man, they’re good.  They’re also mix-and-matchable.  You can go savory or sweet by serving it with something like garlic butter or even honey. Johnnycakes are pretty easy to make too which sparks a big thumbs up from me. Thumbs up from Mrs. Herb Garden too who is currently recovering from two broken legs about 5 feet away.  I got to Dallas last week and I have to leave again on Monday so I’ve been working her to exhaustion making sure she does all her exercises and rehab therapy.  She calls me Nurse Ratched.
Cayman Johnnycake from Miss Cleo’s Cayman Kitchen adapted by Parsley Sage
You will need:
2.5 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup water or enough to make soft dough
  • Mix together dry ingredients
  • Cut in butter or rub in with fingertips
  • Add water slowly, just enough to make a soft dough
  • Knead a few times until dough is smooth and holds together
  • Let rest for 10 minutes
  • Shape into a 8-9 inch round loaf and put into a greased hot skillet
  • Flatten slightly if necessary to fit, a cover pan
  • Cook at medium-high heat over stove, turning until brown on both sides
  • Reduce heat and cover, continue cooking 15 to 20 minutes
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19 Comments

  1. Ive never had a johnnycake but lord knows, I want to try one. It looks great!

  2. what a great recipe, I know that is easy to say on food blogs, but seriously! I don't know why I know of johnnycakes but this recipe looks so simple and I can't believe you make it in a skillet. How cool!

  3. I haven't seen a skillet cake like this either. I just bought a cast iron skillet. I'll bet it would work great for this.

  4. love johnncakes..having the option for sweet or savory makes them even better!!

    sweetlife

  5. Growing up in Maine my mother would make Johnnycake and I hated it – looking at yours, maybe my momma got it wrong. I'll have to try this recipe.

    Nurse Rached?? I'd never believe it of you. 🙂

  6. I've never seen cakes in a skillet on a stove top – so neat!

  7. Well our onion Johnny's reputation is not nearly as interesting as your Johnnycake. This sounds fabulous and fun that you can add garlic or honey. Pretty cool. Mrs Herbgarden sounds cool, too. Bon courage, the poor thing! Nurse Ratched? Don't let these parrots hear you use that name, ok?

  8. Johnny cakes are so “Southern”…yours, the Cayman Island way, are incredible, and turned out so yummy! Love the cute piggy board, as well:DDD

  9. I often heard of johny cake, but never made it; now I really want to try this.
    Rita

  10. MMM I love Johnnycakes! I have never made them myself before, but maybe I should give these a try!!

  11. wow cool cake and love the way its cooked

  12. What a lovely cake! Sweet or savory sounds really good, either way! Is that piggy your cutting board, or rather Mrs. Herb Garden's? Looks cute! 🙂 Glad to hear that Mrs. Herb Garden is on rehab therapy. I'm sure that Nurse Ratched is doing a splendid job! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  13. I like that you can make it sweet or savory… it looks delicious.

  14. -we loved having this down there. Absolutely a must while visiting in the Cayman! Nicely done!

  15. Wow, I've heard of Johnnycakes but never made them. Is it usually a side dish for dinner? Thanks for sharing. I hope your mom continues to heal. I'm sure that she is thrilled to have you there, even if you are Nurse Ratched's twin.

  16. A Johnnycake??? That sounds really cute and interesting…we have Roti John (John pastry/bread in Malay) here, but that's as far as it gets. I like the name of these, and the versatility of it; it can switch from a savory dish to a dessert/breakfast in another! Excellent!:) Maybe you should invent one Jennycake…so that Johnnycake doesn't get lonely, LOL:P

  17. I've never made Johnnycakes, but these look excellent. I love how you can switch them up…either sweet or savory. I'll have both 🙂

  18. I am one of those carb lovers who drools over a simple recipe like this. yumm. and looks so flexible for flavors or additions!

  19. This looks VERY GOOD…!! The recipe doesn't sounds too complicated either, it looks a bit like a German Streuselkuchen without the streusel :).

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