Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 5 mins

Caribbean style biscuit-like cakes that are great for dunking into savoury dishes such as stews or soup. Next time you whip up a batch of soup, make these to go along with it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place first five ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Make a well in the centre and slowly ad the oil and then the water.
  3. Gently mix until a lose dough forms. Turn gently on to a very lightly floured surface and gently knead in to a ball.
  4. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Shape the dough into a long roll, about 2-3 inches wide; cut into 18 even pieces.
  6. Shape each piece in to a small ball and then flatten into 1 1/2 inch thick disk.
  7. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, fry the johnny cakes in batches for 2-3 min per side, or until puffed and golden. Dry on paper towels and serve.
Most Helpful

I had my doubts but I couldn't believe how tender these were. I am going to try a batch in the oven instead of frying to see how they turn out without the extra oil. This recipe is a winner. I was eating them without anything else, they are so tasty!

Gailec January 06, 2009

This was my first attempt at jonny cakes and they were delicious! We had them with chili and I tried one drizzled with honey--amazing! They were a little greasy, however. I actually had to add more oil between batches because the first batch soaked it all up! I won't make these to often because they are not very healthy. Taste wise, A+!

flowi07 October 02, 2013

This tastes good, but I had trouble with the recipe. It turned out to be a loose batter, not a dough. Even with an extra half cup of flour, it was still very sticky and I couldn't pat it out. It was sort of like drop biscuits. I also wonder if in step 6, it should be 1 1/2 inches wide, not thick?

sandsted July 12, 2009