Bake is a popular breakfast item in Guyana.  It requires very few ingredients and is very easy to whip up.  There are many types of bake but this is my favorite.  It puffs up when its cooked to form a pocket on the inside and is soft and chewy but crispy on the outside.

Bake (Float)

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/3 cup sugar

4 tbsp butter

pinch of salt

about 1 cup water*

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl.  With  a fork, or using your hand(quick method) rub butter into flour mixture.  Add water to make a firm dough, but not stiff.  Dough should be easy to roll.   Let dough sit, covered for at least half an hour.  Roll dough to about 1/2 inch in thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter.   Heat about 3 inches of oil on a medium fire.  Fry dough until golden brown, flipping once.   Best when served hot.


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95 thoughts on “Breakfast is calling…Float Bake

  1. Pat trotter

    I forgot to let my dough sit for 30 mins so i didnt get the hollow i was looking for to stuff my ackee and salt fish in! but it was awesome anyway, next time will def let it sit.

  2. Tee

    I just had to leave a comment. I just finished making these bakes with my 1 1/2 year old daughter. It was just great. Her role was to flatten the rolls as I didn’t have a cookie cutter available. Aside from that, the bakes came out great. I’ve tried many other bake recipes and yours came out the best. I’ll be visiting often and I plan to try out some pastries next. Thanks alot!

  3. Islander-Trini

    Jehan, you is ah boss girl!!! When ya go put up some Youtube videos? Before or after de book? We waiting!

  4. JehanP Post author

    I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I hope that turns out well also and thanks for supporting!

  5. JehanP Post author

    Islander I’ve been playing with the idea of doing videos but I must say I’m a bit camera shy.

  6. Paula Hogan


    I am a Guyanese married to an Aussie and living between Belgium, US and Australia. So delighted to fall upon your site….Do you think that your saltfish and bakes could work for a cocktail party we are having in December?


  7. JehanP Post author

    Hi Paula, thanks for stopping by. I think bake and saltfish would be absolutely perfect. I would simply make the bakes smaller, about the size of a dinner roll or even smaller so it would be 2 or 3 bite sized.

  8. Paula Hogan

    Thanks for the response. In the meantime we did a trial run…but our bakes did not rise….where could I have gone wrong?

  9. JehanP Post author

    Hi Paula, maybe the baking powder wasn’t good. Toss it out and try again with new baking powder.

  10. Beverley Hoyte

    OH MY GOODNESS! I just made these bakes and they came out SUPER. Thank you for posting. Now I am hunting for a roti recipe and hoping you have one posted. Thanks again.

  11. Bim246

    Bajan here, had these in Dominica years ago. These came out so gooood! I found thought that the ones I rolled out thinner and put in oil that was hotter rose more.

  12. meisha

    i had to try these for my guyanese husband i am barbadian and he loves them they came out great my first try

  13. JehanP Post author

    Naz it depends on the size of the bake. I use a bisuit cutter and I get about 12 bakes.

  14. joy

    i love float bakes and make them formy husband all the time. I like to add some freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as a wee bit of essence in the water while mixing.

  15. JehanP Post author

    Joy that sounds amazing, my mom would add different spices from time to time also.

  16. Mahalia

    Your site has become my go to place for recipes. My daughter who is 3 loves these bakes and we all know 3 year olds have some interesting ideas about food. I reduced the sugar a bit but otherwise perfect every time. I always wondered why my aunt use to mix her bake dough hours ahead, Thank you.

  17. Mya Baird

    Made these for the first time today & they came out pro! My dad was rather surprised lol , good recipe .

  18. CA

    I just made bake (I’m Guyanese), and it came out exactly how I like it! I’ve made it a few times before, but this is the best that it’s come out. Tastes similar to how my grandma makes it. So glad I found your website. Keep up the good work!

  19. Kiki

    I love your website! I am Guyanese, but my hubby is American. I rarely cook Guyanese foods, but was inspired to do so after a visit back home. He loved the bakes! Thank you!

  20. Felicia

    I just tried your recipe but I put my own spin on it – I made stuffed bakes! Yep, that’s right, all the yummy goodness of my potato choka was cooked into the bake! I wish there was a picture like so I could have shared with you what it looks like. I’m very pleased with the results and will be trying more of your recipes, thanks for the tips! :)

  21. Felicia

    I just tried your recipe but I put my own spin on it – I made stuffed bakes! Yep, that’s right, all the yummy goodness of my potato choka was cooked into the bake! I wish there was a picture link so I could have shared with you what it looks like. I’m very pleased with the results and will be trying more of your recipes, thanks for the tips! :)

  22. Michelle

    Jeahan girl this bake recipie is the best of all time. I tried learning for my mother but she only telling me to put a lil bit if this and a lil bit of that. I couldn’t learn that way. Thanks to you and your explicit instructions I have been making consitently goods bakes. Cant wait to try some more of your recipies.

  23. 1969


    I am a Trini who used to live in Brooklyn and now lives in Philly. I just stumbled upon the blog and love it! Can’t wait to try some recipes. Can you make doubles?

  24. Katherine

    Hey awesome recipe I’m a guyanese girl married to a french guy .he absolutely loves these bake .i followed your instructions precisely and they finally came out perfectly after several failed attempts over the years .so thanks great site btw

  25. Mamata

    If anyone has trouble with the rising of these, a technique I learned from my sister was to spoon hot oil into the center of the float while it’s frying. Makes a big difference. Great recipe!

  26. JehanP Post author

    I have yet to try doubles, but it’s definitely on my list of recipes to try since I love doubles!

  27. Beverly

    Well, I tried the stuffed bakes today. I stuffed it with fried salt fish. It tasted great but I think I added too much water to it. It was too soft to roll so I added more flour. The dough did not rise much, so I think the next time I will use fresh baking powder. Also I did not know how many bakes I should get but now I have a better understanding. I will just make the crust thinner. I will let you know what happens when I try it again

  28. Tricia

    Hi there Jehan. I just wanted to let you know that I made bakes today using your recipe but substituting Better Batter gluten free flour and they came out awesome! I just had to be sure to use extra of the flour for dusting, and made sure to roll out quite thin, but my kids didn’t know the difference between my mom’s and these. Thanks so much :-)

  29. pat

    I am 100% Guyanese and these bakes are 100% delicious !!!!! My husband always says to double the recipe.

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