Johnny Cakes in St. John, USVI

Johnny Cake with Cheese

We stopped here for breakfast on our way to a day of sailing.  My husband had scoped it out earlier in the week and he was determined to have a johnny cake - especially after seeing Alton Brown raving about them during his short series 'Feasting on Waves'.

The truck is nothing fancy, and only seemed to be open for breakfast and early lunches.  Their menu was not huge (sorry, the picture didn't come out), but the offerings changed daily.  They had Jamaican patties, soups, stews and sandwiches.

The pièce de résistance was the johnny cake.  You could order it plain, with cheese, with tuna or with cheese and tuna.  This simple fried dough staple can be found on almost all the Caribbean islands and goes by different names.  In the southern Caribbean islands they are known as 'bakes' and are typically made with baking powder as a leavening agent.  There is a version made in Trinidad, with yeast, eaten with fried fish.  Part of the infamous dish shark and bake, which can be found on Maracas Beach on Trinidad's northern coast.  The ones in Barbados tend to be a little sweeter and more dense.  All are delicious and wonderful. Come on, it's fried!

These St. John Johnny cakes were golden brown outside, with the telltale slit in the centre, and fluffy white on the inside.  We had to wait a few minutes to eat them (they were prepared fresh while we waited), but it was worth it.  It reminded me of the texture of a savoury donut.  I'm glad that my husband got to tick this food off of his foodie to-do list.

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