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Mummy's Fried (Fry) Bake Recipe

Posted by JAMILA AUGUSTIN on

Hi Everyone!

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.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

METHOD

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Use a fork to mix the butter until it looks like bread crumbs.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Continue to knead for about a minute or 2.
  6. Let stand for a while.
  7. Cut into pieces and form into balls. Roll flat and fry.
  8. 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.
  9. Once you start to fry, adjust heat to medium.

    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!

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