Fried bakes are one of my favourite foods of all time!
I have an extremely simple recipe that will have your family and friends begging for more every single time….let’s get into it 👇🏽
4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
2 cups warm water
Mix all dry ingredients, form a well in the mixture, add shortening and water. Mix together until dough can be formed into a ball. Dough will be soft but manageable. Pour approximately 1 tsp of vegetable oil in the palm of your hand and rub hands together then rub of dough. Cover bowl with kitchen towel and place in warm place to rise for 45mins to 1 hour.
After 45mins to 1 hour, gently punch dough and form back into a ball gently. Clean and sprinkle flour on countertop (I usually cover my counter with wax paper or foil to reduce clean up.) Place dough on countertop and cut dough into half, then quarters evenly. Separate each quarter into 3 even balls. You should get between minimum 12balls or 15- 18 mini balls/bakes
Pour about 2cups vegetable oil into pot (I usually use a wok) and heat up on medium heat (my stove is digital so medium for me is 6). Use a wooden spoon to test oil. If bubbles form around the wooden spoon your oil is hot. Get a pair of tongs, wooden spoon, and a glass dish lined with paper towels ready for when you begin to fry.
Using a rolling pin, flatten each ball to 1/4 inch thick. Test oil using wooden spoon and gently place your flattened dough into the oil.
Using the wooden spoon, gently push some of the oil on to the top of the dough, this will cause the bake to puff up or swell. Turn the bake after 3mins and cook other side. Once golden brown, remove from heat using tongs and place on paper towel. Continue frying
Fried bake can be eaten with anything in my opinion! Fish, chicken, pork, vegetables, cheese, corned beef, salt fish, smoked herring, sardine….whatever you like!!!
Hope you enjoy!