Fry Bake Recipe with Yeast and Baking Powder

Fry bake is a round, fried dough that has a fluffy pocket to fill with buljol, fried shark and lots of condiments. It is especially enjoyed for breakfast or on the beach.

For this recipe, I use two raising agents: yeast and baking powder. These make the Trini fry bakes lighter and fluffier but you can use one instead of both.

frying bake in iron pot

Here’s how I make my soft fried bake.

Ingredients for fry bake

For this recipe, you will need:

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • yeast
  • salt
  • sugar
  • butter
  • warm water
  • oil for frying

Simple ingredients! Bake is often enjoyed with fried shark, fried king fish, or buljol. I also enjoy a good bake and shrimp with lots of condiments after an early morning swim at Maracas or Las Cuevas Bay.

How to make fry bake

To make Trini fry bake, knead the ingredients together before dividing into dough balls and leaving to rest for 30 minutes. Then, roll out and deep fry the dough until golden brown. Simple! This recipe makes about 7 fried bakes and can be scaled up for more.

Knead the dough

Step 1: Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl – the all purpose flour, baking powder, yeast, salt and sugar.

dry ingredients for fry bake

Step 2: Crumble butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse mixture. You can use a food processor for this but it is not necessary since you don’t need to keep the dough at a cold temperature.

rub butter intro dry ingredients for fry bake

Step 3: Make a well in the center and add the warm water. It should be warm to activate the yeast.

Step 4: Knead as you would for roti – pressing and squeezing – without folding the dough over onto itself as you would for bread. You should end up with a soft, smooth dough.

fry bake dough

Divide the dough

Step 5: Divide the dough into 2-inch dough balls.

fry bake dough balls

Leave to rest

Step 6: Cover and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. This should give the yeast some time to activate so small air pockets can form when frying.

Roll out and fry

Step 7: Place a large pot on medium heat. Add at least 2 inches of oil for deep frying. Allow to heat up for about five to ten minutes. Check to see if the oil is ready with a bamboo skewer (bubbles should form when you place it in the hot oil).

Step 8: Lightly flour your working surface. Roll out each dough ball into a four-inch or five-inch round bake. Dust off excess flour from the bake. You don’t want flour in the hot oil, it’ll burn.

rolling out trini fry bake

Step 9: Gently add the bake to the hot oil. It should puff up within seconds. Both the yeast and the baking powder are responsible for this action.

frying bake

Step 10: Flip the bake over once it has fully puffed up and allow the other side to brown.

Step 11: Remove from the oil once you’ve gotten a nice golden color on both sides of the bake.

Step 12: (important!) Place the finished fried bake in an airtight container with napkins underneath. Cover completely to trap the heat and steam. This will soften the bake. This same tip works for making soft roti too.

finished trini fry bake

Serve hot with any filling of your choice.

Trinidad fry bake recipe

trinidad fry bake recipe

Trini fry bake (with yeast and baking powder)

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Fry bake is a circular fried dough that puffs up in the hot oil, making a perfect pocket for any tasty filling. This fry bake recipe is easy to make and you’re done within the hour.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword fry bake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 7


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • tsp yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter approx. 50 grams
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • oil for frying


  • Mix the dry ingredients together (first five listed).
  • Rub the butter into the dry ingredients to form a coarse mixture.
  • Add warm water.
  • Knead (without folding the dough over onto itself) to form a smooth dough.
  • Divide into 2-inch dough balls.
  • Place on a baking tray and cover.
  • Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Place a large pot on medium heat.
  • Add oil and leave to heat up.
  • Remove one dough ball and lightly flour it and your working surface.
  • Roll out the dough to form a 4-inch or 5-inch circular bake.
  • Dust off excess flour.
  • Add to oil, once hot.
  • Allow the bake to puff up.
  • Flip over and allow to develop a golden brown color.
  • Remove from heat with slotted spoon or tongs.
  • Place in airtight container to trap the heat and steam.
  • Cut along its length to open its pocket.
  • Fill with your preferred filling.
  • Serve hot.

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1 thought on “Fry Bake Recipe with Yeast and Baking Powder”

  1. 5 stars
    The recipe is easy to follow and detailed especially with the step by step pictures. The bake came out great soft and fluffy on the inside.


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