Recipe: Johnny Cakes

Makes about 8

Johnny Cakes are like dense biscuits with a mild coconut flavor. In Belize they are often enjoyed in the morning with a slice of melted cheese, eggs, and sausage. They are also wonderful served under Stew Chicken where they wick up the delicious broth.


5 Tbsp melted butter
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut milk


1. Mix flour salt and baking powder together.

2. Add butter and milk. Mix to combine. Knead briefly to bring dough together.

3. Divide into 8 portions. Shape into balls and flatten into discs. Pardon mine looking so “homemade”… I was in a hurry. Ava wanted to play! They still baked up fine :)

4. Preheat oven to 400F. Prick with a fork and let rest 15 minutes.

5. Brush with milk or butter and bake for 15 minutes.

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  1. Theodora Moody says:

    Hi Sacha, My mother uses a slightly different recipe that you should try. The johnny cakes should be more light and fluffy than dense. Most Belizean recipes that you have seen are not the true recipes that give you an authentic Belizean taste. My parents often say that Belizeans don’t know how to cook any more. Give this a try and let me know what you think.

    Johnny Cakes
    4 cups flour
    1 stick margarine
    3 tsp baking powder
    3/4 cup whole milk or coconut milk (whichever you have on hand)

    You can put this in the food processor until it comes together. Roll them up in balls (you should get about 15) and flatten on your cookie sheet. Use the fork to make the little holes. Cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees until lightly browned.

    This should give you a lighter and fluffier johnny cake.

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