Bahamian Johnny Bread

Bahamian Johnny Bread created by IslandGal

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!!!!

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55mins
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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 11x15 baking pan and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cut in squares and serve warm with butter or jam.
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"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!!!!"
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  1. Theola H.
    I'm a Bahamian born and raised. I tried the recipe this morning to go with my chicken souse. I was very easy to make. Though the finished product is very tasty, I can't say that it is a true representation of Bahamian Johnny Cake/bread. I was very excited when I saw the beautiful crust but once I cut into it, I realised it was closer to a less sweet yellow cake than it was to Johnny Cake which is a coarse cake. The texture is a way too soft like it was mixed with a mixing machine instead of folded. I think the recipe calls for too many spoonfuls of baking powder. Even in regular cakes, baking powder is measured one teaspoon to each cup to cup and a quarter of flour. I did think it strange when reading the ingredients but decided to follow the recipe to the T. Overall I'd give it 3 stars because it was easy to follow and make and it tastes good. Two stars were taken off because it's too soft and it's not a true representation of what it's supposed to be and it crumbles too much.
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  2. Lauren K.
    Use evaporated milk instead of non fat milk! Makes the difference!!
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  3. Lauren K.
    Ever since I went to the Bahamas in June and had my first Johnnycake I’ve been dying for another good one. I must’ve tried a billion recipes but this one has definitely taken the place for number 1. It’s almost an exact replica of the one I had in the Bahamas. But I would say to substitute the milk for evaporated milk instead. This secret ingredient really makes the difference. I hope you enjoy!
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  4. twbahamas
    I tried it! Messed up by using salted butter and the wrong size pan and it still came out amazing according to my family. It was delicious. Even my mother in law loved it??! I’m a believer! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Deidei
    Came out perfect! Still moist days after, not too sweet, not too dense, just perfect. It is a bit crumbly though, but I don't mind.
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