Johnnycakes are one of my favorite fried treats. A very easy cornmeal flatbread that is eaten across several countries in the Caribbean.
The easiest way to describe a Johnnycake is that it is cornmeal flatbread. This is one of my favorite biscuit recipes not only because I love the taste but because the recipe has a fun history behind it!
This cake, originally named “Journey Cake,” is food that colonial settlers took with them on their journeys from New England all the way to Jamaica. Each country has adapted the name to its local vocabulary and accent so nowadays, this cake has different names depending on the country you are in; for example: Yaniqueques or Yanikekes, as they call them in the Dominican Republic, or Yani-Clecas, in Puerto Rico. Given so many ways to refer to this cake, the name of the recipe has morphed into Johnnycakes.