Mama's Fry Bakes ( St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Mama's Fry Bakes ( St. Vincent and the Grenadines) created by Brenda.

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 Recipe #220176 (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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  • If not using yeast, omit step 6. The dough can be rolled out and fried immediately.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and yeast.
  • Rub in the shortening.
  • Add sufficient water to the flour mixture to make a smooth dough.
  • Knead dough lightly until smooth.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and leave dough to relax for ½ hr).
  • After dough has rested for ½ hour, divide and shape into 12 balls.
  • Roll each ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, to 1/4 " thick and 3 1/2" round.
  • Fry in hot oil until brown on both sides.
  • Put on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  • These freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave.
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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 Recipe #220176 (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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  1. Maurissa R.
    I love this recipe and it came out just like i always wanted.
  2. arielnguyen618
    Can we bake it
  3. trissa.james
    I have been looking for a long time for a great recipe for bakes... this is the best that I have found so far!!
  4. trissa.james
    Next time I might add just a tiny bit more salt :)
  5. Ernessa J.
    Hi , I don't have lard can I substitute for butter?
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