Tuesday, July 21, 2015

St Vincent and the Grenadines - Fry Bakes

St Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Carribean. These fry bakes are also known as Johnny bakes which comes from them originally being called journey bakes because they were good to take with you when travelling. They can be stuffed with cheese or fish but today we're going to eat them plain with butter.


4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 sachet yeast
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening

 Put the flour, yeast, salt and baking powder into a bowl.

 Cut the shortening into small cubes and then rub it into the flour mix with your fingers.

 Until it looks like breadcrumbs like this.

 Add water and stir until you have a dough. I only used just over 1 cup of the water so add it a bit at a time just in case.

 Leave to rest for an hour covered with a cloth and when you come back to it it'll be slightly bigger. Cut the dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a small circle shape about 1/2 inch thick.

 Fry in some oil turning to make sure each side is browned.

 Drain on paper towels to get rid of extra oil.

These were great! They're really crumbly, almost like pastry rather than bread. Slightly salty and very soft inside. They're good to eat just as they are and even better with a bit of butter spread on top. We all had them with Erin's only complaint being that they had a slightly weird taste but that she loved the texture. I'd like to try them with a filling which is a distinct possibility since we have some leftover from tea. I like that they're easy to make and a nice alternative to a bread roll with a meal.

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