Bake and Saltfish Buljol

A traditional Caribbean breakfast of fried bake and saltfish buljol

Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)

Growing up, breakfast was sometimes more than just eggs, sausages or cereal. Sometimes, especially on a Sunday morning, breakfast was a party. And once there's a party for breakfast I am front and present.

Why?

Because of this dish: bake and saltfish.

Saltfish (salted fish) is essentially packaged fish (most times cod) that has been salted for preservation. To eat this fish, it has to be either "washed" or the salt boiled out.

Bake is almost like a fried bread that can be eaten with anything you can think of: cheese, jams, jellies, meats... anything. My mom eats bake and avocados.

Combine these two and you have an amazing breakfast that probably will require you to take a nap after because you cannot eat just one of these.

Making the bake is a bit of a process, just like bread. It requires mixing and leaving to yield.

Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)

Then you separate the balls on your floured surface and size them about 4 - 6 diameters. I have seen some bigger ones, I have also seen smaller ones.

Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)

A few deep fries later and you're full of a basket of bake and trying to fight off the many hands rushing to grab one to dive in.

Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)

The saltfish process is much easier. It's the part of the breakfast I volunteer for easily. The hardest process if getting rid of that salt in the fish.

The process of removing the salt from their fish varies personally. Some boil it and others "wash". I do the wash process, but it takes a bit longer. "Washing" is basically soaking the fish till the salt is removed. So depending on how salty a piece you get you may be "washing" for a while. The boiling process is the same but much faster. Bring the saltfish to a high boil with the water, throw that water off, refill and boil again. Like the washing process, you do this until the salt is at a level you want.

Once the salt has been removed as much as possible, the task of chipping the fish up into little pieces. With two forks this goes by in no time. Then a quick saute of your vegetables in olive oil and add the saltfish and the "meat" is done.

Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)

Now it's time to combine the two elements.

Slice your bake, grab a spoon and stuff your bake with saltfish and dive in

Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)

And the best pairing is some slices of aocadoes, and a tall mug of homemade hot chocolate.

Oh, don't forget to add some slight pepper to your dish to get a little kick.


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Bake and Saltfish Buljol
Bake and Saltfish: A classic Caribbean breakfast with fried bake and saltfish (cod)
by Home Made Zagat
Keywords: fry breakfast fish Caribbean
Ingredients (Serves 6)
    For SaltFish
      • 1 lb saltfish
      • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
      • 1/2 cup chopped onions
      • 1/4 tsp black pepper
      • 3 tbsps olive oil
      • 1/2 cup chopped scallion
    For Bake
      • 2 cups flour
      • 3/4 cup water
      • 1 1/2 cup oil for frying
      • 2 tsp baking powder
    Instructions
    For Bake
    Mix flour, salt and baking powder
    Add water slowly to make a soft dough
    Knead till incorporated and late to rest for at least half an hour, covered with a towel.
    Cut into small pieces, rolling each piece into 4 - 6 diameters
    Heat oil to medium high heat
    Fry pieces until brown
    Drain on paper towels to soak up excess oil

    For Saltfish
    Place saltfish in a pot of boiling water
    When water is at high boil, pour off water and re-add fresh water to pot and repeat. (Repeat if fish is still extremely salty)
    Chip saltfish into small pieces
    In a sauce pan heat olive oil
    Add onions, and tomatoes to pot and saute for 2 minutes
    Add saltfish and black pepper
    Mix
    Serve
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