There are certain things in life that we all love for example long weekends, pay day, free lunches, vacations and mom’s cooking. As someone who cooks most of the time, I truly appreciate it when someone cooks for me; especially when it’s my mom or mother-in-law. Nothing beats a mothers cooking, it is just a known fact in life.
The past two weeks my mother in law was visiting from Grenada and we had the pleasure of enjoying her cooking. Waking up to the smell of breakfast and relaxing while dinner is being prepared is the best feeling.
I loved watching her and her niece cook Grenadian dishes. Grenadian food is delicious, unpretentious and packed with lots of flavor. After all, the island is known as the ‘Isle of Spice’ which means you can expect aromatic and well seasoned food. I especially liked learning how to make the popular bake and fishcake breakfast/brunch dish. Bake & fishcake is made with bread that is baked or fried in oil. The bread is usually served in sandwich form with fried fishcakes (bacalao mixed with fresh seasonings) and veggies.
After falling in love with the dish I decided it would be the perfect dish to share with you. Keep in mind there are many ways to make bake and fishcake so this is just one way to do it. One thing in common with all the recipes is they taste amazing no matter how you cook or eat them.
How to make Bake & Fishcake
Step 1. Prepare your ingredients. For the bakes you will need 6 cups all purpose flour, 2 tbsp baking powder, 2 tsp instant yeast, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 1//2 cup butter or butter substitute and a tsp salt.
Step 2. Mix flour with baking powder, yeast, sugar, salt and add butter. Mix the butter into the flour mixture using the rubbing in method. Prepare for messy hands here but make sure your hands are washed before you begin.
Step 3. Add fresh coconut blended with warm water into the flour mixture (about 2 cups) and knead till a soft well blended dough is created. You can also use canned coconut milk. It is best to knead on a clean kitchen counter if you don’t have a large board.
Step 4. Form the dough into a large ball and let sit for about 10 minutes. At this point it is a good time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 5. Break the dough apart into small balls. Flatten the balls and place in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven till browned on both sides. Usually for about 15 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
The result is perfect hard on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside bread. Next steps is to make the the fish cakes.
Step 6. Place desalted saltfish in a large bowl. Salt fish can be desalted by boiling the fish and changing the water till the it reaches your desired salt level. Remember to set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.
Step 7. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Be warned the aroma of these 2 ingredients combined is so good you will find yourself constantly sniffing it.
Step 8. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.
Step 9. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency iss reached.
Step 10. Fry the fish cakes on both sides till they reach a golden brown color and are crispy on the outside. Place cooked fish cakes on a platter lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.
When ready to serve, slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices. The result is a simple but super delicious bake and fishcake sandwich. It is almost impossible to eat just one because they are just so good. You could go all out and add tomatoes, lettuce and all sorts of fun stuff however these are still awesome served as is. Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.
Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.