4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp. brown sugar
Warm Water 1 & 1/2 cup
Oil (for frying your bakes)
In a large mixing bowl, sift in flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Combine the ingredients.
Add warm water and mix or knead ingredients to make smooth dough. You’ll know you’re getting the right consistency of dough when all the flour leaves the side of the mixing bowl to form into one dough ball. You may need to use additional flour for this, slowly add a tablespoon at a time until one large dough ball has been formed. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
Separate into four even pieces and make into four dough balls, allow to rest and rise for 15 minutes.
Pour oil into frying pan and set on a consistent medium to high heat. (I like using my cast iron pans or nonstick skillets for frying)
Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough ball into a circle (as close as you can get to a circle, pizza shape), cut into pizza like slices. (To be noted, just like this recipe may vary slightly among Trinbagonians, so to, will the method of making/cutting the pieces for frying. My general advice is, go with what makes you feel comfortable, go for simple pizza slices, or small circles, or bring out your fancy cookie cutters and makes shapes).
Carefully add your pieces to the hot oil, being sure not to overcrowd your pieces. Fry each “fry bake’ on both sides until desired colour is attained and certainly until the pieces are cooked. In my house half of us like a caramel shade to our fry bake and the other half like a lighter more pale shade of toasted coconut to our fry bake, either way if fine.
Place the fried pieces unto paper towels or wax paper to allow any excess oil to be absorbed. Serve while still hot. Fry Bake with Butter & Irish Sharp Cheddar is one of my all-time favourite foods.