World Series- Jamaican Johnny Cakes

It took me so long to decide what we should make for the next recipe in our World Series. I looked up the countries on offer and they were Jamaica, Japan and Jordan…not too much choice but obviously each one of the countries has completely different dishes and cultures so in a way, a lot to choose from. I instinctively researched Japan but although the recipes were amazing, I don’t have the right ingredients to do justice on the dishes and I don’t have the money to go out and buy these ingredients just to use small amounts so I moved on to Jamaica, again, I instinctively went for the most popular; the Jamaican pattie but I thought it might be a bit too similar to the Cornish pasties I’ve made before (hindsight is a wonderful thing…should have just stuck to the patties) so I tried making these Caribbean Johnny Cakes instead, which are essentially breakfast rolls/bread but they’re deep-fried for a crispier texture and lighter flavour so you can make it all about the filling. 

I’m not gonna make you wait…this was another big failure for me, haha! I have to laugh because it was my own fault in making a bread dough that was far too dry, but I made some lovely 2-ingredient omelettes for the filling that I’m excited to share with you anyway. I made a little video for the process but I’ll leave the full recipe down below as usual! 

Serves 2 

150g Plain Flour 
1 tsp Baking Powder 
2 tbsp Butter, softened 
1 tsp Granulated Sugar 
50ml Milk/ Water 

4 Eggs 
20g Cheese, finely chopped/ grated 
Salt & Pepper to season 

  1. To make our dough we want to combine all the dough ingredients in a small bowl and mix them together with a wooden spoon until you have loose clumps of dough (I’ve doubled the amount of milk in this recipe because mine was far too dry).
  2. Once your dough has come together, gently knead it in the bowl until you have one solid dough ball. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let this rest for 30 mins. It should loosen up in this time and be more pliable as my dough was very stiff before resting. 
  3. Now the dough is rested, divide it into 4 equal patties, these should be flat and round but we still want them to be about an inch thick so they keep together in the fryer. 
  4. Heat some oil up on medium heat in a frying pan. You’re gonna need to fill the frying pan up to about an inch thick with oil so we can shallow fry the dough. Once your oil has been heating for 3-4 mins, turn it down as low as it will go and add in your patties!
  5. Fry the patties for 4-5 mins on each side until they’re beautifully golden brown, then set them down on a tea towel to drain the grease. 
  6. Whilst the patties are cooling, we can make our omelettes! Heat up a frying pan on medium heat with a tsp of oil then crack 2 eggs into a small bowl, sprinkle in some salt and pepper and whisk until fully combined. Tip the egg into the frying pan making sure it coats the entire bottom of the pan and leave to cook for 2-3 mins. 
  7. Once there is a thin layer of uncooked egg on the top of the omelette, sprinkle your cheese on top, leave it to melt for another couple of minutes before folding it into quarters in the pan and sandwiching the omelette between two of your Johnny Cakes. 
  8. Repeat the process with two more eggs and our remaining Johnny Cakes, then you’re ready to eat! 

I think the picture saved me a little on this one but you can see what I was going for. I think as I said at the beginning, my main issue is I had created a dough recipe that was far too dry so the Johnny Cakes had this almost savoury shortbread consistency (which definitely isn’t what I was going for here) if that’s what they’re supposed to be like then yay for me, but somehow I really don’t think it is. 
Looking at examples online I saw that traditionally you can make the dough into balls around the size of profiteroles and fry them that way, I think this is to be used as a breakfast, snack or as a bit of a side to add to larger dishes but I thought the omelette might be fun and I'm really glad I made that because now we have this incredibly simple omelette recipe to use time and again for loads of other recipes! 
Sometime in the future I’ll come back to these Johnny Cakes (hopefully with a bit more knowledge) and try them again, but for now, this was my first attempt. Anyone who knows anything about Johnny Cakes, tell me where I went wrong and what I can do to improve them next time…or have a go yourself and make them better than me so I can learn from you! 
Anyway, I think my next food blog post will be a Christmas inspired one so I can’t wait to share that with you all very soon! 

H x