River Cottage Australia



Try Paul West's delicious Johnny cakes with a bush twist - cooked on the BBQ and served with butter and golden syrup! 


  • 1 teaspoon wattleseed

  • 3 cups (375 g) plain flour

  • 1 cup (125 g) self-raising flour

  • Sea salt

  • 1 1/4 cups (500 ml) water

  • 50g butter

  • Golden syrup, to serve


  • 1.

    Prepare your fire and allow to burn until it has reached hot white coals.

  • 2.

    Put the wattleseed and flour into a bowl and then mix to combine. Slowly add the water and mix to form a soft dough.

  • 3.

    Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.

  • 4.

    Cut the dough into wedges and roll each wedge out to about 1cm thick rounds.

  • 5.

    Use dog shaped cutters to press shapes out of the dough, then flatten the dog shaped dough to about ½ cm thick.

  • 6.

    Cook the dog shaped Johnny cakes on the grill until they start to swell and bubble on the surface. Turn and cook the other side until crisp on the outside.

  • 7.

    Spread with butter and drizzle with golden syrup.

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