Belizean Johnny Cakes

Johnny Cakes Are A Favorite Belizean Breakfast

The name can be somewhat misleading as it often leads people to think of pancakes, but Johnny cakes are actually more closely related to American biscuits. Johnny cakes are small rolls of leavened dough that are lightly baked in an oven until golden and served for breakfast with a topping of refried beans, meat, and/or cheese.

Belizean Johnny cakes are the local variety of a common Caribbean bread recipe that is easy to make and served up at restaurants throughout the country. Johnny cakes are sometimes eaten plain hot out of the oven or, more commonly, used as a base for toppings like eggs, onions, beans, butter, and/or meat.

Why You Have to Taste Belizean Johnny Cakes On Your Vacation

This tasty bread is one of the most ubiquitous and popular dishes served in Belize. Commonplace on every Belizean’s breakfast table, Johnny cakes are, in effect, the local version of pancakes or toast, served alongside other dishes or topped with meat, cheese, and/or beans.

Where in Belize Can You Find Belizean Johnny Cakes?

These popular treats are available just about anywhere, but usually the tastiest Johnny cakes are served up in small “mom and pop” type restaurants.

When Is the Best Time to Try Johnny Cakes?

Johnny cakes are traditionally a breakfast food although they can be savored at any time of the day.

Best Way to Eat Belizean Johnny Cakes

Belizeans love to enjoy Johnny cakes cut in half and topped with refried beans, meat, cheese, butter, or scrambled eggs but they pair well with just about any dish.

How to Make Belizean Johnny Cakes

Nothing is as tasty as a fresh made Johnny Cake in Belize, but here’s a recipe that you can make at home to enjoy these tasty treats:


• 4 cups of all-purpose flour
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup of sugar
• 8 tablespoons of butter (softened and cut into small pieces)


1. Mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.
2. Slowly cut in the butter.
3. Stir in coconut milk while kneading mixture to form a smooth ball that can be cleanly removed from the bowl.
4. Divide dough into golf ball-sized pieces.
5. Place golf balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Allow to rest uncovered for 10 minutes and then slightly flatten balls with the palm of your hand.
7. Use a fork to prick small holes in golf balls.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes in a 400F degree oven.
9. Johnny cakes are ready when lightly brown on top.
10. Serve while hot/warm.


Top Places to Stay in Belize

Belize Tour Companies and Travel Agents

Belize Real Estate Opportunities

June 29, 2018

How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List

An oil drilling moratorium, development restrictions and fishing reform has helped the 200-mile-reef come off Unesco’s endangered world heritage sites...
Read More
June 26, 2018

What the New Alaia Belize Will Look Like

The newest addition to Belize’s fast-growing hotel pipeline is on track for 2020, and now we’ve gotten the exclusive first...
Read More
June 26, 2018

Saving the underwater wonder world of Belize’s reef

Just a stone’s throw off the coast of Belize, brightly colored tropical fish mingle with sharks, manta rays and sea...
Read More
June 26, 2018

RCL Exclusive Your Off-the-Grid Guide to Belize

Belize is the tropical vacation version of a perfect meal. Light appetizer, indulgent main course, decadent dessert and booze …...
Read More
June 17, 2018

Latham: Hard work must be the national symbol of Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize — Belize is tiny for a country — about the land size of Maryland — but it...
Read More
June 17, 2018

7 Ambergris Caye Restaurants Secret Special Request Options

Once you have lived on Ambergris Caye awhile, you get to know which restaurants have off-menu special request options. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Please Belize Me: Ten Reasons to Put Ambergris Caye on Travel List

After a year of procrastination and poor planning, Belize finally made it on my to do list in 2018. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Autograph Collection Hotels Set to Debut in Belize with the Opening of Alaia

Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, today announced the brand will debut in Belize with the...
Read More
June 12, 2018

5 Reasons to Vacation in Belize this Summer

Summer is the busiest season for travel to Europe. That’s where most vacationers are headed during the months of June,...
Read More
1 2 3 19



1 Comment

  • Rhonda Springer Reply

    July 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    This is the best Johnny Cake recipe I’ve ever used! This is now my go to recipe for JC. Delicious! Thank you!!

Leave a Comment


Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Don't have account. Register

Lost Password


Please support the site
By clicking any of these buttons you help our site to get better