February 18, 2018

Trini Oven Bake (foolproof recipe)

Oven Bake A Classic Caribbean Bread

The aroma of freshly baked bread is comforting, homely and – to almost all of us – undeniably delicious. Some of my best childhood memories were when dinner time rolled around and this smell emitted from the kitchen. It also meant timing it so as soon as it came out of the oven, you could have a hot slice with butter and/or cheese. Good times!

Ingredients you’ll need…
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or shortening cut into pieces (I used shortening/cookeen)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon quick acting yeast
  • 1 cup water (add more as needed)
I used a bread maker for making the dough, but feel free to use your hands or a mixer if you wish. If using a bread maker, follow the instruction booklet on how to add ingredients in order of sequence in your bread maker (this is important). Turn the machine on and let the dough mix. Add extra water if needed and let the machine knead the dough for 9-10 minutes. If using your hands in a bowl place the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and the butter or shortening and work till you get a sort of crumbs texture. Start adding the water slowly and kneading it...You’re looking for a smooth and firm (not stiff) dough. 

Cover with a damp towel and leave the dough to rise for 20-35 minutes
Then cut it evenly into two pieces and form two balls (kneading while you are forming). Dust your surface with some flour and using a rolling pin, roll each to about 1 inch thick and about 10-12 inches in diameter. (using a fork to prick the surface a bit is just for personal preference) Place it on your greased baking sheet or pan or whatever you are using to bake it. Cover again and allow to rest for about 20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400F, then add the bakes on the middle oven rack for about 25-30 minutes or until they’re golden brown. You can always stick a toothpick or fork in the center and if it comes out dry, it means the inside is fully cooked.
Serve hot with butter and or cheese or anything you eat bread with! It's very filling and delicious.
You can half the recipe to make one but kneading and baking time remains the same.