Fried bake is one of the popular breakfast items here in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean as well. There are countless options that can be enjoyed with fried bake.
Today’s post is about that bake! I personally enjoy having it with sardines for breakfast and Hubby enjoys it with plantains or cheese! It also goes so well with saltfish buljol
Here’s my recipe:
SERVINGS – 4 bakes
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp yeast
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup water, roughly
- 1/4 tsp olive oil
- oil for frying (roughly 1-2 cups)
- Combine salt, flour, baking powder and yeast.
- Add water and bring all ingredients together into a ball.
- Knead until smooth (see video below for my demonstration on how to knead)
- Lightly coat the top of the dough with olive oil (got this from my grandmother…it’s adds to the softness of the bake)
- Set aside for 30 mins to an hour.
- On a lightly floured surface, flattened dough using your hands then using a rolling pin, roll dough into a big circle with a thickness of roughly 3 mm (don’t roll it out too think or too thick)
- Using a knife, cut into quarters
- Heat oil in pot over medium heat.
- Test to see if the oil is hot enough by dropping a pinch of flour to it. Once it bubbles as it enters the oil, it’s ready to be used.
- Add each piece one or two at a time to the oil. Once it swells, you can flip it over to the other side.
- Serve with any item of your choice!
Points to note:
1) Pay attention to the temperature of the oil while frying. If it becomes too hot, the outside of your bake will cook faster than the inside. You may need to reduce the heat as you go along if necessary.
2) Once the bake swells after you place it into the oil it’s ready to be turned over. If you do enjoy your bake more of the brown color side, leave in until it’s the desired color.
3) If you are doubling the recipe, you can divide the dough into smaller pieces to make it easier when you are ready to roll it out.
4) Instead of cutting into quarters, you can use a cookie cutter and cut into which shapes you like.
5) Be sure to knead well. That’s the key to getting nice soft bake.
Check out the video here:
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