Sweet Guyanese Style Bakes
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Sweet dough deep fried until golden brown with a pocket on the inside that is perfect for stuffing.
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 9-12 Bakes
  • 3 cups of All Purpose flour (and about ¼ cup for kneading and dusting work surface)
  • 1 cup sugar (or less if you don't want it sweet)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 1½ cups of warm water
  • 4 cups of oil for frying (Avocado or Sunflower Oil)
Mixing the dough
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then mix together well. You can use a whisk for this step or your hands
  2. Next, make a well (hole) in the center of the mixed dry ingredients, then add the warm water and knead to form a soft dough
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and continue to knead until until the dough is smooth. Then form into a dough ball
  4. Then return to the mixing bowl, cover with a damp paper towel and let rest for at least 30 minutes
Forming the bakes
  1. After the dough has rested for 30 minutes, roll /stretch into a log on a floured surface and cut into 9 to 12 pieces. Knead each piece into a smooth mini dough ball. Then cover with a damp paper towel and let rest for another 15 to 30 minutes
Frying the bakes
  1. When the dough is ready for frying, add the oil to a large saucepan deep enough for deep frying and bring up to temperature on medium heat.The oil should be about 300°F. If you bring it to 350° F (the regular temperature for deep frying, your bakes will burn and the inside will be raw)
  2. Then on a floured surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll each round dough ball into flat disks Then when the oil is hot submerge the disk, one at a time into the oil. The dough will initially sink to the bottom of the pot, then it will rise to the surface and begin to swell. After about 1 minute to 1½ minutes or when the side of the bake that is in the oil is brown, flip the bake over to brown the top side (see video above).  Once both sides are brown, remove from oil and place in a dish lined with paper towels to drain
  3. Repeat the frying processing until all the bakes are fried
Recipe by Metemgee at https://metemgee.com/2014/01/06/sweet-guyanese-style-bakes/