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A little more on Belizean Johnny Cakes [Food Review]



While I was searching for Cuisines of Belize in Google, I unexpectedly bucked in to the famous Johnny Cake. All Belizeans know how to prepare Johnny Cakes, something that is planted deeply into our roots by our ancestors. We all know how Johnny Cakes look and taste -- but how much about them do we know?
According to Our Tasty Travels, Johnny Cakes are really just like hard sandwich rolls, but there is something so homey and addicting about them. You might be familiar with them from other cultures around the Caribbean and Native American Indians. Some people refer to them as Journey Cakes as they would stay fresh for weeks, making them the perfect travel food.
Wikipedia defines a Johnny cake as a cornmeal flat-bread that was an early American staple food and is prepared on the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Jamaica.The food probably originates from the native inhabitants of North America. It is still eaten in the West Indies, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Colombia, and Bermuda as well as in the United States.

In my view Johnny Cakes are the easiest to prepare -- it's so easy I prepare them  for my wife when I want to make it up to her for something bad that I did -- which is at least once every week. ;)

Do you know how to prepare them? If you don't then that just means no one has taken the time to show you, so I will throw in an excellent source where you can learn how to prepare a Johnny Cake:

Tizzle Sissles shows you how to prepare a Johnny cake with some excellent illustrations included.

Here are the ingredients used to prepare a Johnny Cake: 
  • -2 lbs White all purpose flour (7 1/4cups)
  • -4 ounces crisco baking shortening or any kind of baking shortening (8 tbsp)/ plus a lil extra melted for rubbing.
  • -6 tsp Baking Powder
  • -2 cups Coconut Milk ( you can use Carnation Evaporated milk instead but please use the Coconut milk)
  • -1 tsp Salt
  • - 1/2 cup water
The earliest attestation of the term "johnny cake" is from 1739 (in South Carolina); the spelling "journey cake" is only attested from 1775 (on the Gulf coast), but may be the earlier form. The word is likely based on the word "Jonakin," recorded in New England in 1765, itself derived from the word "jannock," recorded in Northern England in the 16th century. According to Edward Ellis Morris, the term was the name given "by the [American] negroes to a cake made of Indian corn (maize)."
Now that you know a little more about Johnny Cakes and how to prepare them, you should try to cook some yourself and enjoy them surrounded by the people you love the most. Yum! Yum!



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