The Best Trinidad Style Fry Bake for your weekend morning, a must have when you visit Trinidad.
These are The Best Trinidad Style Fry Bake, you will ever make.. They are so fluffy and airy, just waiting to be filled with your salt-fish or your well seasoned fried shark. Fry Bake was eaten a lot in our household on a Saturday morning with salt-fish, fried eggs , corn-beef or even Vienna sausage. What good times! Childhood memories.
Fried Bake or Fry bake is a very popular weekend breakfast food in Trinidad when I was growing up, but today it is sold as a street food, made very popular by Rickard’s Shark and Bake Of Maracas Bay Village, Saint George, Trinidad And Tobago.
Anyway, no matter how much was made in our household there was never enough. Can be paired with Fried Salt-Fish, Vienna Sausage , Scrambled Eggs and so much more, in fact anything that fancies your taste-bud.
Sometimes when I feel like indulging in something sweet while I am making my fry bakes, I will take one fry bake out from the batch while it is still piping hot and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on it. TO DIE FOR!
I know you maybe wondering, why is it call a bake when it is fried. Leave it to us Caribbean people to change up the rules when it comes to naming and preparing foods.
Step by Step Instructions
MAY NEED MORE WATER
COVER IT UP WITH PLASTIC WRAP
PLACE A DAMP TOWEL OVER THE PLASTIC
- 2 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
- 1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon butter or margarine- this is totally optional
- 1 cup water, plus 1 tablespoon if needed
- 2 cups canola or coconut oil for frying the bakes
- Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Add butter and mix with a fork or use your fingers until the flour resembles coarse breadcrumbs
- Make a hole or well in the center of the flour and start pouring ¾ cup water while mixing and stirring in a circular motion.
- Dough should begin to resemble really coarse crumbs at this stage
- Add ¼ cup more water and continue mixing gently for about 5 minutes until you form a nice soft dough.
- If dough is too sticky, dust with a tablespoon of flour, if dough is too dry after adding all the water, add another one tablespoon or so of water and bring the dough together.
- Allow to rest for about 3-5 minutes, then dust with flour and knead to form a smoother dough.
- Rub some oil on top of dough and allow the dough to rest for 25 - 30 minutes covered with plastic wrap or a damp paper or kitchen towel
- Cut the dough into 6 or 8 pieces (depending on how large you want the fried bakes to be)
- Roll them into balls and place on a clean, well-floured surface. Allow to rest for at least 10 – 15 minutes. “covered”
- Flatten the balls of dough until they are about ¼ inch thick, and 5 -6 inches in diameter using your fingers or a rolling pin
- Add oil in a deep pan to a depth of about two inches over medium heat
- When oil is heated through, start adding the rolled out dough to the hot oil
- Turn dough immediately as it’s added to the oil , as this will help the bake swell or puff up
- Fry in hot oil until both sides are golden brown, about 30 - 45 seconds per side ,turn over once
- Drain on paper towel so as to eliminate some of the grease from the oil.
- Serve with Fried Salt fish or Fried Shark or anything you fancy.
Store bought Pizza dough can also be used if you don’t want to go through the hassle of kneading and putting dough together, but note it will not be as good as if you made the dough yourself.
If you are concerned about your health and healthy food, then too much fried foods is not good for you, so I will suggest making and eating this dish at least once every month or two.
Eat in moderation!