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West Indian breakfast bread. Fry bakes is the Trinidadian name. The rest of the Caribbean calls this Johnny Cakes. According to Côte-Çi, Côte-Là: Trinidad & Tobago Dictionary, by John Mendes, © 1986, "A Johnny Bake was originally called a journey bake, cooked especially so that it will remain edible on a long journey." It is a simple dough which can be roasted baked or fried. Stuff it with cheese, or with fried fish, or sausages or Saltfish Buljol (Trinidad) (salted cod fish). They are delicious plain, warm and slathered in butter. My 'Mama' (Grandma) on Canouan Island in the Grenadines made the best fried bakes that I know. I have tried to re-create her recipe. The yeast in this recipe is my personal preference. Traditionally this recipe does not use yeast. Will yield a marginally denser (no less delicious) bake without the yeast.
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- 1If not using yeast, omit step 6. The dough can be rolled out and fried immediately.
- 2Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and yeast.
- 3Rub in the shortening.
- 4Add sufficient water to the flour mixture to make a smooth dough.
- 5Knead dough lightly until smooth.
- 6Cover with a damp cloth and leave dough to relax for ½ hr).
- 7After dough has rested for ½ hour, divide and shape into 12 balls.
- 8Roll each ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, to 1/4 " thick and 3 1/2" round.
- 9Fry in hot oil until brown on both sides.
- 10Put on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
- 11These freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave.
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Nutritional Facts for Mama's Fry Bakes ( St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
Serving Size: 1 (192 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 703.4
- Calories from Fat 411
- Total Fat 45.7 g
- Saturated Fat 6.9 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 632.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 64.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
- Sugars 0.2 g
- Protein 8.8 g