Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe is a cultural staple in the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean and is a family favorite(one which I have tweaked a bit over the years to suit various tastebuds) but its a wonderful bread/cake-like dish thats commonly served with soups and souses of all kinds (for breakfast, lunch or dinner)and can also be wonderful after dinner supper topped with jam and served with tea or cocoa. My family especially loves to eat it like a sandwich with cheese or peanut butter in the middle.Yum...the choices are endless. Hope you enjoy!!!!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 11x15 baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder and then add the sugar and salt. With your fingers, gently knead in the stick of butter until well incorporated in the mixture. Add in the eggs, vegetable oil, milk and water and mix well with a spoon until the texture of your mixture is between that of a bread dough and the batter of a cake mix, adding more water if necessary.
  3. Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 30mins. Brush the melted butter over the top and continue to bake for another 15 mins or until golden brown and butter knife comes out clean from the middle.
  4. Cut in squares and serve warm with butter or jam.
Most Helpful

Me and my husband made this together and it came out awesome! We had them warm with butter and they were delicious, also later on we tried it with some grape jam, it was so good! Definitely somewhere between a cake and bread, butter makes it taste more like bread, and jam more like cake. I love how you can dress this up either way you like it and its subtle enough to work both ways. The consistency reminds me of cornbread but this recipe puts corn bread to shame as it taste like a lightly sweetened cake, or lightly sweetened bread. I would recommend this recipe to anyone and plan on serving some when my parents come over this weekend for Easter. I think the servings said up to 16, i cut these into squares and packaged them and got over 20 bags! This makes a whole bunch of bread and is very delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

litmana April 19, 2014

Best Johnny Bread I ever had.. Quick and simply. No Kneading!!!!!!!! <br/><br/>In the Bahamas its tradition to make chicken souse and Johnny bread /cake, for New Years morning... Of course I was the chef for my New Years family gathering and let me tell you this Johnny Bread was a huge HIT... Everyone loved it.... Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe. <br/><br/>This is now my go-to recipe... Hope you find it as helpful as i did.

ladylindor January 11, 2015

I absolutely love this recipe. Simply delicious! My family loves when I make this recipe and my sister now's calls me the queen of Johnny bread, while my 4 year old just says mommy more ...I want more! It's definitely a scrumptious hit that never disappoints.

shakerasands242 March 01, 2016