Fry Bakes(Caribbean-Saint Lucia)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

A Caribbean breakfast treat called “Bakes.” They are soft, doughy, and almost impossible to put down. Bakes are most enjoyed in the morning – think Sunday morning brunch. Despite the name, bakes are only occasionally baked. More often than not, Bakes are fried discs of dough. Enjoy plain or split open with anything from jam, cheese, meat, salt cod salad, or whatever works for you. Everyone has their own version. Cook time will vary with heat. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 cups flour (may sub small portion-1 cup-whole wheat flour)
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 12 cups water (or as needed to bring the dough together)


  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with dough attachment, OR you can do this by hand.
  2. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. If you can stand to wait thirty minutes to an hour, let the dough rest and rise. If you can't wait, these bake up great even if you cook them right away. But they do become rather lovely little plump pillows once they do puff up.
  4. Right before cooking, pat them down into relatively thin discs (about 1/4 inch thick).
  5. Fry in a 1/4 inch of oil on both sides until puffy, browned, and cooked through. Try your heat set to medium and this should be about perfect. You might need to play around with your temperature to get it to cook through on the inside before the outside gets too dark.
  6. Note:.
  7. You could eat them straightforward, or with a lot of icing sugar or you can put raisins, dried currants, little pieces of apple, etc. in the dough before frying for a nice variation.
Most Helpful

Wow! These are like slightly salty doughnuts, but much easier and less messy! The directions are a bit unclear about how large the bakes should be, I made 1/4 batch, and got 16 palm sized fried bits of goodness, which would easily serve 4 for breakfast. For ZWT9

Random Rachel July 30, 2013

This recipe is nowhere near what a St.Lucian fry bake is. We don't put confectioners sugar on there and the ingredient list is just way off. I am St. Lucian. I know. Modify or change the title.

Renata P. January 03, 2016