Learn how to make soft, light, airy or dense fried bakes for your family.
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 “bake N shark”, this is my recipe for the “bake”.
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before these fakes were made popular by the bacon sharks shacks in maracas play village in trinidad and tobago we were making and eating it for decades at home today I am happy to share my secrets to making soft fluffy airy and absolutely delicious fried Binks I know it's going to become a family favorite for you too this bowl have added four cups of all-purpose flour two tablespoons of baking powder two teaspoons of salt and four teaspoons of sugar mix it well to combine at this point you may also rub in about two tablespoons of room-temperature butter that's one tablespoon for every two cups of flour take note of my clothespin technique here folks where my fingers become a tool for mix in the flour very well on the blog at cooking with Rio Calm I have the recipe for only two cups of flour but because it's Saturday two cups are not sufficient for our family now I'm going to gradually add the water in a quarter cup increment to moisten of the flour and bring the dough together Here I am applying my grab and squeeze method why I am grabbing the dough and I'm squeezing it together the goal here is to get rid of any dry flour in the bowl so I'm going to continue to add the water and bring it all together [Applause] I know some of you are wondering what is fried baked is it fried or is it baked we have a unique name in culture in Trinidad I just can't explain it if these were baked who may have referred to it as fake fry who knows these are actually bakes that are fried hence the term fried baked now that the dough has come together and there's no more dry flour at the bottom you can apply the roll it around method you're gonna just grab it at the top and roll it around if you find that the dough is a little too sticky to handle add less than a teaspoon of flour and continue to knead it now it's time to apply the tuck-in method you're pulling up the sides and tucking it in at the edges tuck tuck tuck until the dough becomes smooth another dusting here and there will definitely help to make it more manageable but don't add too much at one time a sticky soft dough is always so much better than a dry hard dough and then you roll it and roll it and roll it a little more [Applause] [Applause] it should take only about 4 to 5 minutes from start to finish to knead your dough add about a teaspoon of butter or oil to the top cover it with a damp towel and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes minimum you may refrigerate it for a couple of hours or overnight I find that refrigerating it helps to develop a nice chewy doughy texture 4 cups of flour makes about four lawyers or balls each lawyer can then be made into four smaller balls to create circles or the larger lawyers can be made into triangles the sounds confusing let me demonstrate it for you Here I am trying to make the dough smooth and seal it at the top with the second piece of dough I'm going to break it off into four pieces we just shape them into four small round balls as I said before these we are going to shape into the circular fried base [Applause] what is slowly as I fold the edges to the top and then I seal it up top spin it and seal it until it forms a nice round ball now cover it and let it rest for another 10 to 15 minutes and get your pot with your hot oil ready let's make some triangles for the first large lawyer dust a surface with flour press you two out and then roll the dough out into a large line to ten inch so apply long smooth strokes with your rolling pin to roll the dough out evenly a rolling pin is usually referred to as a Billina in Trinidad this villain I picked up in a discount store close to where I live and it's about five pounds no kidding roll them out until they are about 1/4 inch thick you can do it thinner or thicker depending on whether you want light airy thin bakes or thicker bakes that are more dense and have more body to them [Applause] using a knife cut into quarters when the oil is hot but not smoking add a quarter of the dough to the hot oil use your spoon and pour oil over the big to help it to rise quicker [Applause] when the bottom is golden brown light golden brown a dark golden brown brown depending on your preference flip the vehicle drill it on the side of the pot and then place it on a kitchen towel or paper towel-lined plate or ball repeat with the remaining dough now let's make the round bakes you may make these thick or as thin as you like it's all up to you place them on the counter and press them out evenly so that they will cook evenly place it in the hot oil and fry until it's golden brown using the same technique I showed [Applause] now let your bakes are fried it's amazing on its own but a simple addition of butter or cheese well out of this world with bowl shell as you seeing here oh it's all fish and tomatoes corn beef kuchela a favorite condiment to Trinidad and Tobago not forgetting fried shark or fried fish fried egg there are so many ways to enjoy it is fried baked whatever you do make it a tradition in your family