How to Make Trinidadian Fry Bake

Trinidadian fry bakes are really simple to make and do not take much time either. Unlike their name, these bakes are not prepared in an oven, rather they are deep fried in oil until golden brown.

Prep time: 6 min
Dough resting time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 to 5 min
Total time: 40 min
Yield: 10 servings
Utensils: A large mixing bowl, deep frying pan, measuring cups, measuring spoons, long-handled pot spoon, slotted spoon, serving bowl, paper towels.

All purpose flour: 4 cups
Baking powder: 4 teaspoons
Salt: 1/4 tsp
White granulated sugar: 1 tbsp
A pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
Unsalted butter: 1 tablespoon
Lukewarm water
Oil for deep frying


  • 1

    Take four cups all purpose flour in a large mixing bowl. Make sure the bowl was properly washed and clean.

  • 2

    Add four teaspoons of baking powder, ΒΌ teaspoon of salt, and one heaped tablespoon of granulated sugar to the flour. Also add a pinch of cinnamon powder (if using) at this stage.

  • 3

    Mix all the dry ingredients carefully.

  • 4

    Add one full tablespoon of unsalted butter to the dried mixture and rub it in well.

  • 5

    Gradually add lukewarm water to the butter and flour mixture until you get a soft dough.

  • 6

    Once the dough comes together, remove it from the bowl and place it on a clean surface, dusted with a flour.

  • 7

    Knead the dough for two to three minutes using the palms of your hands, until a smooth ball is formed.

  • 8

    Rub oil on the surface of the dough, cover it with a plastic sheet and let it rest for half an hour.

  • 9

    After 30 minutes, again knead the remaining dough for a minute and divide it into ten equal parts.

  • 10

    Roll each piece of the dough into a ball of four inches in diameter.

  • 11

    Pour oil in a deep frying pan and heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil should be hot enough but definitely not boiling and smoking.

  • 12

    Add the dough balls to the hot oil. The dough will first go down to the bottom of the pan but will soon start floating on the surface of the oil.

  • 13

    Spill oil over the top of the dough with the help of a long-handled pot-spoon. This will make the dough balls swell.

  • 14

    As long as the dough swells, flip it over and allow to cook until it is nicely browned.

  • 15

    Take the bakes out of the oil using a slotted spoon.

  • 16

    Displace the excess oil and then transfer the bakes to a bowl lined with paper towel.

  • 17

    Repeat the process until the entire dough has been fried.

  • 18

    Serve your fried bakes. You can also eat them with cheese, butter or jam.

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