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Roast Bakes


Roast Bakes

Roast Bakes

Photo by Cynthia Nelson

Roast Bakes is how Trinbagonians refer to bakes that are actually baked in the oven. The dough is very much the same as that of the 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 bake refers to bakes cooked in an oven.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Dough resting: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp white granulated sugar
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Lukewarm water


  1. Add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon to a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

  2. Rub butter into flour mixture.

  3. Add enough water to make a soft dough. When dough comes together, knead for 2 - 3 minutes. Rub oil over dough and let rest, covered, at least 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  5. Knead rested dough for 1 minute and divide into 4 - 5 equal pieces. Form the dough into balls and roll into 3 1/2 inch circle. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet with adequate space between each disk.

  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top in lightly browned but the bottom when rapped, sounds hollow.

  7. Cool on a wire rack, slice in half and serve as you please.

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