Updated: May 28
Not entirely sure if Johnny cake styles vary by island but I do what I want so these are VI style Johnny cakes... Debate your granny!
This week's #makeitmondays comes highly requested by just about everyone from back home with whom I engage on Instagram. You post one 15 second clip of your five year old rolling out Johnny cake dough and you're forever asked for a recipe. Naturally, when I rolled out MIM and asked what you guys wanted me to make, a significant amount of you kinda demanded a Johnny cake recipe so here it is. If you're a visual learner there's a YouTube video on my channel because you know I'm extra!
I'll stop holding you up with all the extra words and get straight into the recipe already!
2 Cups Bread Flour (Plus more on the side for kneading)
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2-4 Tablespoons Sugar (contingent on how sweet you like them)
1 Tablespoon Cold Butter
1/2 Cup Room Temperature Whole Milk
1/4 Cup Room Temperature Water
Start by cutting your butter into your flour until nicely crumbled. I recommend cutting into small pieces first and then further cutting those pieces into your flour. Next add the rest of your dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.
Add your water and milk and then mix. The dough will be a little sticky at first so add a little flour so that your dough is easier to work with. Once your dough is soft but NOT sticky, you can begin kneading it on a floured surface. Roll it into a ball then place back in your mixing bowl. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap for an hour before moving on to the next step.
After an hour has passed you'll need to knead your dough once more for about a minute. Next you can start rolling out your Johnny Cakes by breaking off pieces of dough and rolling until they're about the size of a golf ball. Place each piece onto a cookie sheet or tray and then cover them all with the same towel or plastic wrap for an additional ten minutes.
This is a great time to set up your oil for frying. You can use vegetable or canola oil. Once your ten minutes are up and your oil is hot, you can start flattening out your balls right before you place them in your frying pan.
Fry your Johnny cakes until perfectly golden on both sides and then drain on a cooling rack or a paper towel lined plate.
Guess what!! That's it, that's literally it! The Johnny Cakes are done and now you can enjoy your delicious island treat. Fry up some snapper and then you can really enjoy!
If you make Johnny cakes a different way I'd LOVE for you to share how in the comments section!