Fried Bake (also known as "fry bake") is another very popular Trinidadian breakfast "bread". It is actually fried, not baked. If you have heard of the most famous Trinidad shark 'n bake, this is my recipe for the "bake". I ate shark 'n bake during my recent trip to Trinidad and found the bake to be sweeter, more sugar was probably added to the recipe.
My kids get excited at the sound of the name "fried bake". Last Saturday, I made a quick, late breakfast and since I had no saltfish on hand to make saltfish and tomatoes or buljol to accompany it, some of us enjoyed the fried bake with just butter, just cheese, butter and melted cheese and my hubbie had his with fried eggs. On Monday, we made it again to have with the tomatoes and saltfish(that I also made for this blog). Yes, I ate fried bake three times this week in enormous quantities to ensure that I had formulated the most precise recipe. I have the belly and a wide smile to prove it!
Butter can also be added when kneading the dough, but again, it is great without it. Save the butter (and the calories) for the next dessert I will post..;-)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp brown sugar
Water, about 3/4 cup
Oil (for frying bake)
Makes 8 Fried Bakes
1. In a large bowl, add flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Mix well.
2. While gradually adding water, knead to make a soft, smooth dough.
3. Form into a large ball(or two) and cover with a wet paper towel. Let it rest for about 15-30 minutes.
4. Divide dough into small "golf" balls. On a lightly-floured surface flatten (1/4 inch) using hands or rolling pin. (See other option below-"How to make triangles")
5. Pour oil into a frying pan on medium heat.
6. 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.
In a bowl, add flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Mix well and knead..
Cover with wet paper towel and let it rest for 15-30 minutes....
Instead of the small golf balls as stated in the recipe above, I made two large balls...I placed one (as shown below) on a floured board...
Example 1(How to make triangles)....and rolled out the dough to make a large circle...
Then I cut it into quarters.....
Example 2 (How to make circles)---with the other ball(think dough), I cut it into four....
and formed them into small round, soft balls...(think dough again)
...and my daughter helped flatten to make round discs(circles)..
Add oil to skillet, when hot, but not smoking, carefully add dough to the hot oil ....
Continuously pour hot oil over the bake to make it "swell" quicker...my mother taught me this trick...
Turn over when it puffs up(swells)
When finished cooking--golden brown and puffs up--drain excess oil on the sides and place on a platter lined with paper towel...repeat with the remainder of the dough..
So beautiful...and delicious....and comforting...
For a quick meal, eat with cheese and butter
or with a fried egg....
or with tomatoes and saltfish.....or with canned salmon cooked with tomatoes and onions, or.....whatever makes you happy...what are you going to eat it with???