Johnny cakes

For the love of fried dough

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Do you like fried bakes of any kind? Then prepare to cheat on them with Johnny Cakes. There is only one catch (oh come on, you know there had to be a catch if you’re going to cheat); determining which version of Johnny Cakes, you want to pile on your plate, oblivious to the incredulous stares of those around you. The reason for that sort of look is because they are afraid that by the time you’re done there will be none or very few left for them!

Journey Cakes as they were originally called, were created to take on long enduring journeys. First made with ground corn, this hearty bread was most likely created by Indigenous peoples and travelled from North America to various parts of the world including the Caribbean. All across this region from the Bahamas, to Jamaica to St Lucia right down the chain of islands, you can find a version of Johnny Cakes. Some countries still make theirs with cornmeal in the mix while others use only wheat flour.

There is no one recipe for Johnny Cakes, each country you visit and most likely each home too, will have their own version for making these soft, tender disks of fried dough. Sold on street corners, in restaurants at food stalls, stands and shacks, Johnny Cakes can be eaten as is or with the very  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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