Johnny cakes

Andi Olivers little dough cakes traditionally served with a Jamaican breakfast would also be delicious with bacon
Johnny cakes
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  • Serves: 2-4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 very ripe plantain, peeled and broken into pieces (see Cooks tip below)
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 250 g self-raising flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • oil, for frying

To serve

  • ackee and salt fish, to serve (see Cooks tip below)
  • boiled eggs
  • avocados, sliced
  • lime wedges

Tips and Suggestions

Plantains, or cooking bananas, are a staple across the Caribbean. They must be cooked to be edible. Ripe plantains taste like a cross between a sweet potato and a banana.
Related to the lychee and longan, ackee is a fruit found abundantly in Jamaica, although outside the Caribbean, it is more commonly found in cans. Ackee and saltfish is regarded as Jamaicas national dish and is often eaten at breakfast time.


1. In a food processor, process the plantain with a dash of water and the ginger until smooth.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.

3. Add the plantain mixture and mix into a soft dough.

4. Shape your dumplings into medium-sized rounds with a little flour on the side for dusting. Its important they dont get too wet and sticky, so just add a little more flour if they do not appear to be dry enough to work with.

5. Heat a little oil in a heavy-based frying pan and shallow-fry the cakes in batches until heated all the way through and deep golden on all sides. You can keep the cooked cakes warm in the oven while you work on the next batch.

6. Serve with ackee and salt fish., boiled eggs, avocado and lime wedges.

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