Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Virgin Islands Johnny Cake/Fried Johnny Cakes

Virgin Islands is a group of islands which is situated in northern part of Lesser Antilles and form the border between the Caribbean sea and Altantic Ocean. Virgin islands falls under three different politicial jurisdictions: British Virgin islands, United States Virgin Islands and Spain or Puerto Rican Virgin islands. Today am taking you all virtually to St.Croix, which is an island and a district of United States Virgin islands and this island is quite popular for its Fried Johnny cakes. Johnny cakes are a must in every local Crucian restaurants and these cakes is a flatbread which are quite sweet, filling and just prefect to enjoy simply without any filling or spreads. These cakes tastes extremely delicious when they are served warm with a slice of cheese and salt fish in the middle. Paired with fried fish, chicken or any other local island delicacies, one can have a satifying meal. Johnny cake which is made in St Croix is an unleavened fried bread prepared with flour,baking powder,sugar and butter. Though Johnny cakes of St. Croix are fried ones, some people also bake them. You can also subsitute the cornmeal instead of flour.

Johnny cake - Virgin Islands

This fried bread is one of the St. Croix's traditional dish which can satisfy the sweet and salt cravings of many. Many locals doesnt even know how this staple food got its name.Some says that this bread got its name long back ago, when men and women who worked out in the fields eats their early morning meal on their journey to the fields, hence this bread is called Journey cake which would have been filled with meat or fish and devoured between home and fields. But with the time and migration of people from all over the Caribbean, the name journey have transformed from journey to johnny. Today its totally rare to hear that someone calls this Crucian bread as journey cake. Interesting history behind the name na.Am running this month's blogging marathon with A-Z International Flatbreads as theme and for the letter 'V', i grabbed this fried johnny cakes from Virgin Islands to stick with the theme. These fried flatbreads are just prefect to have with some salted butter and jam, we had this bread for our sunday brunch and loved this bread to the core.

Virgin Islands Johnny Cake, Johnny Cake

Recipe Source: Here
3cups All purpose flour
2tsp Baking powder
4tbsp Sugar
3tbsp Butter (room temperature)
1/4tsp Salt
Oil for frying
Water
Extra flour for dusting

Take the flour, baking powder, sugar, butter and salt in a bowl.

Add the water and knead everything well. Dough will be bit sticky and tricky to wrok with.

Knead on a flour dusted surface until the dough turns soft. Arrange the dough in a bowl.

Keep aside for half an hour.

Flour you hands and counter top, make medium sized balls out of the dough.

Johnny cake Virgin Islands


Heat the oil for deep frying. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin.

Dont flatten them too much else they will be like crackers, once the oil is hot, put the hot to medium flame.

Drop the rolled cakes and fry them slowly, dont overcrowd them as well.

Flip on both sides until the Johnny cakes golden brown.

Drain the excess of oil and keep aside.

Fried Johnny cakes are prefect to enjoy for a day, you can reheat them either in microwave oven or in toaster.

Johnny cake Virgin Islands

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23 comments:

Indfused Sandhya Rege Nadkarni said... Reply To This Comment

This is a mouthwatering treat Priya! I am sure my family would love this .

Vanitha said... Reply To This Comment

Reminds me of a Mexican sopapilla or our Mangalore buns! So delicious!!!

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

Deep fried bread is so awesome! It looks so drool worthy and tempting! Got to make some asap!!!

Praneetha Anand Goutham said... Reply To This Comment

This looks interesting! Never heard of this, will give it a try sometime.

Poonam Bachhav said... Reply To This Comment

The golden brown fried Johnny cake with that fruit jam sounds like a perfect weekend treat ! Totally in love with your extensive collection of International flatbread recipes, Priya !

Jagruti Dhanecha said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my these fried bread look so addictive, I would enjoy with even Indian pickle too.

G.Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Fried Johnny cake is mouthwatering. It's a perfect treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe Priya.

Anshu said... Reply To This Comment

Fried cakes sound so exotic and delicious; a perfect weekend treat for anyone. Would be trying them out soon. Thanks for the lovely share!!

maria nasir said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting recipe and name of the cakes! I'm sure they pair well with many things. Really enjoyed reading the background information.

Soma Mukherjee said... Reply To This Comment

This is something new for me , loved the recipe and anything fried has to taste yum for sure love the texture truly mouthwatering.

Code2cook said... Reply To This Comment

at first I thought it is a kachori, such a perfectly cooked look and crunchy feel it gave. Then I again read if somewhere any word kachori came :)). Love this bread and will try it surely. Fabulous share.

Nandita Gupta said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice recipe and so unique. I am hearing this for the first time. Loved it.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

These fried cakes gave the look of Kachori in the first pic , but when I saw the interior it sure looks like a bread - so interesting . True the history of the bread is very interesting , learning so much in this Marathon .

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

I am sure they taste wonderful and I heard and read on about these Johnny cakes that I am tempted to make them as well.

firsttimercook said... Reply To This Comment

A very interesting recipe and name of the bake as well !!!!! Lovely share priya :)

Mildly Indian said... Reply To This Comment

I have has someone come home and say my recipe tasted like Johnny cakes.. i dismissed it thinking it is bread from some bakery. Now i know what it means.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

I made a.shallow fried vetsver, but this version of deep frying the bread is awesome Priya. Loved your write up too. Very interesting to know about the facts about breads.

Preeti Garg said... Reply To This Comment

Wow.. very unique recipe collection you have in this marathon... love this bread recipe.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

hahah...as everybody thought, I thought it was kachori too for a moment. What an excellent pick...I am sure these make a great snack bite..

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

Aren't these Johnny cakes absolutely yummy? I'd made them for another BM theme and we loved them. Yours have come out perfect, soft and love the colour.

Renu Agrawal Dongre said... Reply To This Comment

Yeah me too...at first look, thought it was kachori and why not only the stuffing was not there .They looks so crispy and yummy.

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

Nice to read about how this dish got its name! With jam / nutella, this fried bread will be a hit at home!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

I would love to wake up to this fried cake for breakfast. What a lovely recipe this is and so unique.