One of my favorite things to eat is fry bake! It's not so good for my waistline so I try to limit my consumption.
Fry bake is a staple in Trinidad & Tobago and Caribbean cooking - it's basically fried dough.
It has been traditionally eaten for breakfast, but nowadays it really doesn't matter what time of the day you eat it. The 2 most popular fillings are buljol (salted cod seasoned with onions, tomatoes, pimentos and various seasonings -different families make their buljol to their taste) & bake and shark (fried). But basically you can eat bake as you with any other type of bread: cheese, smoke herring, corned beef, vienna sausage - the list is endless.
I've only made them once before using my mom's recipe that she typed up. The taste was great but it didn't really rise & I made them too big.
Luckily my mom is visiting again in Florida so that was one of my requests as she landed!
Here is her recipe.
- 1 lb. flour
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp spoon yeast
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 pot spoon sugar ( I actually don't know how much this - will measure it out next time!)
- warm water
- a pinch salt
- Oil for frying
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Use a fork to mix the butter until it looks like bread crumbs.
- Add warm water - a little at a time until all the ingredients are mixed together. If the mixture appears to be soft do not add flour. Put a little oil on your hands and continue to knead until the flour leaves your hand.
- After adding the oil, if the mixture is still soft then you can add flour - a little bit at a time - until the mixture becomes smooth.
- Continue to knead for about a minute or 2.
- Let stand for a while (until dough doubles in size).
- Knead dough again & then cut into pieces and form into balls. Roll flat.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a pot on high. To test if the oil is ready - place the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil, if bubbles appear then it is ready to start frying.
- Once you start to fry, adjust heat to medium.
- Fry until they puff up and are golden brown in color.
They were delicious!!! We ate with buljol - we usually eat our buljol with boiled eggs & avocado. I ate 3!
What's your favorite way to eat fry bake??
Cutting the dough to form the balls.
Forming the balls before flattening
Flattening the balls before frying
Time to fry!