July, Issue 1, 2015

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • Water, as needed
  • Oil for frying


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a large bowl and lightly squeeze the butter into the flour with your fingers or a fork.
  2. Add sugar and mix in well, then add enough water to begin kneading.
  3. When the mixture is like a dough, cut it into 4 pieces and roll each one into a ball. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  4. Flatten the balls with your hands and then roll out the dough to between 4 and 5 inches in diameter.
  5. Heat enough vegetable oil to cover the dough in a large iron pot or frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Place the dough in the oil and deep fry until golden brown.

To get the puffiness it’s important to roll out the dough so that when it hits the hot oil it puffs up and expands the air pockets. This makes it easier to slice.

Bake, which is popular across the Eastern Caribbean, is similar to Jamaican fried dumpling. They use the same ingredients, but the puffiness of bake makes it more suitable for slicing open and stuffing with any number of ingredients to make “pocket sandwiches.”


-By Chef Irie, Taste the Islands

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