Roast bakes is how Trinbagonians refer to bakes (dough) that are actually baked in the oven. The dough is very much the same as that of fried bakes, the only thing is that these are cooked in the oven.
When in Trinidad and Tobago and you ask for bakes, it is likely that they will ask you if you want bake bake, roast bake, or fried bake. Do not be confused, bake refers to bakes cooked in an oven.
- 4 cups flour (all-purpose)
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar (white granulated)
- Pinch cinnamon (ground)
- 1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)
- Lukewarm water
Add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon to a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Rub butter into flour mixture.
Add enough water to make a soft dough. When dough comes together, knead for 2 to 3 minutes. Rub oil over dough and let rest, covered, at least 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 F.
Knead rested dough for 1 minute and divide into 4 to 5 equal pieces. Form the dough into balls and roll into 3 1/2 inch circles. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet with adequate space between each disk.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the bottom, when rapped, sounds hollow.
Cool on a wire rack, slice in half and serve as you please.