Has it really been that long since my last post? I’ve been having TOO much fun enjoying all the fun and sun that is summer on this rock. To make up for lost times, here is my world famous (OK, only in my house famous) Johnny Cake recipe! Johnny Cakes are fried heaven on a plate, or a napkin, or just balanced hot on your fingertips, because you couldn’t wait to find either a plate or a napkin before you tore into it. It is one of our MOST traditional island favorites.
There are some foods that are strictly breakfast, lunch, or dinner foods. Johnny Cakes are that rare breed of food that defies those rigid boxes. You can enjoy them any time of day! Quick and easy, they fry up fast and are gone just as quickly! Tooooooo good!
This recipe requires you to bring something a little extra to the kitchen in addition to the ingredients. You will have to walk with an extra little bit of patience and intuition. You’re going to have to let the dough tell you what it needs. Sounds weird but that is what the kitchen does…it gives you opportunities to test your skills through the best teacher of all–trial and error. It took me some time to perfect my Johnny Cake skills, and I only got better with each new try. That’s my wish for us all in the kitchen and in life–TRY!! As they say, you never fail from trying, either you win or you learn!
2 Cups of Unbleached Flour
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Cold Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Sugar (or more if you like a sweeter Johnny Cake this makes for a more savory version)
1/2 Cup Whole Milk
1/4 Cup Water
Sift together all the dry ingredients: Flour, Baking Powder, Butter, Salt, Sugar.
Cut in butter with your fingers or a pastry cutter until it is finely distributed throughout the dry ingredients.
Pour in the milk and water.
Using your hands begin kneading the dough. The dough will be tacky and extremely sticky. This is not a bad thing. The soft texture of the dough will help to ensure a light and fluffy outcome. However, you will need to sprinkle in some extra flour to be able to handle the dough.
Go easy…a little at a time. Flour can toughen the Johnny Cake. Your goal is to get the dough to completely come together without adding too much flour to make the Johnny Cakes tough. You want a light and fluffy outcome. This is what I meant above when I said you have to bring your kitchen intuition into play.
Be gentle with the dough and yourself. It will come together.These hands belong to my Mom. She makes THE best Johnny Cakes on the island. This recipe is NOT hers. Her Johnny Cake recipe is better guarded than the gold at Ft. Knox!