Four fry bakes laying on the table.

Fry Bake Recipe (Trinidad)

Ever since I was a little boy in Trini FRY BAKE was a breakfast staple.  Eaten by itself or with just butter!  Most Trinis eat fried bake with salt fish buljol or smoked herring.

  • BakeA circular thick but flattish bread, made of flour, water and baking soda; fried (FRY BAKE)

I’ve been teaching my kids the following easy FRY BAKE recipe that I adapted from the Food Network.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (329 grams)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder +  (In addition I use 1 teaspoon of instant yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (I use 3 tablespoons of butter, flakier bake)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (I melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in the warm water)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Equipment (Optional but I recommend)

  • Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (Fast, Easy, no need to get your hands in the flour)

Directions

  • Using a sieve over a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, instant yeast(optional), sugar, and salt. Add the butter and, using your fingertips, work it into the flour mixture to form pea-sized pieces. While stirring with a wooden spoon, slowly add water in a stream, until the flour starts to leave the sides of the bowl. When the dough is soft, but not sticky, transfer it to a lightly floured work surface.  I use the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer instead of hand kneading.  I knead the dough in the mixer for 8 minutes or until it stops sticking to the sides.
  • Knead the dough, divide and roll the dough into small balls the size of golf balls. Cover the dough balls with a damp paper towel, covered by a regular kitchen towel, and let rest for 10 minutes. I put mine in a warm oven (170 F/ 76 C) for 20 minutes.
Fried bake dough balls resting on a tray
  • Knead the dough balls for a second time until smooth and soft to the touch, and let rest, covered again with the 2 towels, about 10 minutes more. I let mine rise for 20 minutes to get a fluffier bake. Using a rolling pin, roll each dough ball into a 4-inch disk
Fried bake dough waiting to rise
  • Pour the oil into a wok to a depth of 2 inches. Place the pot over medium heat and heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375 degrees F.  I splash hot oil over the top while cooking.   See video.
  • Working in batches, fry the dough disks, turning once, until golden brown and puffed, about 30 seconds per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bakes to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with Trinidadian dal, rice, and bhaji, or your favourite stew or casserole.

Finished Product

Trinidad Fried Bake and Salt-Fish on a plate.

Leave your comments below or your tweaks to your own fry bake recipe! Visit our eStore for Trinidad & Tobago Products. Original fry bake recipe courtesy Elizabeth Beckles.

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