Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Le Bokit/Guadeloupean Fried Bread Sandwich/Bokit

Wikipedia says that 'Bokit is a Guadeloupean sandwich fried in a saucepan with hot sunflower oil'. It is essentially composed of flour, water, salt and bicarbonate or yeast.This typical Guadeloupean food started to develop in the mid-19th century after the abolition of slavery. At this time, the poorest workers could not even buy some of the basic products such as bread. As they were good observers, they had the idea to adapt and produce a bread by themselves, without yeast at this time, and cooked in a saucepan with hot oil that they used to call "kettle bread" because of the vapor going out of it. Bokit was inspired by the "johnny cake" which is a kind of fried bread that the New England colonies may have borrowed from the Indians. Over the exchanges between the Caribbean colonies during the 18th century, this fried bread became the djoncake in Dominica and Barbados. People on French island heard djonkit or dannkit, it has been given the final name of "Bokit" in Guadeloupe, and has become a typical Guadeloupean speciality.

Bokit, Fried Bread

Actually i want to make this Bokit for a while,yes this fried bread sandwich was in my to do list since ever i tasted them at a Guadeloupean friend's place, seriously this fried sandwich is definitely an addictive one. Though she prepared a mini bokit party, her party was a big success, obviously i was looking for a chance to try this bread at home. Few months back, we prepared a small ladies get together at my work and everyone came with their own special foods, but i surprised my Guadeloupean collegues with their favourite bokit sandwich. Everyone enjoyed thoroughly and i got many appreciations for this fried bread sandwich. Needless to say that i want to post this bread for this week's theme as am running this week's blogging marathon with Surf through Caribbean cuisine as theme.

Guadeloupean Fried Bread Sandwich, Le Bokit

3cups All-purpose flour
2tbsp Oil
1tsp Instant yeast
3/4tsp Salt
1+ 1/2tbsp Sugar
Oil for deep frying

Take the flour, oil, yeast, salt, and sugar in the bowl. Add luke warm water and knead everything well until the dough turns soft and stiff.

Transfer dough to a large mixing bowl, cover and let it rise at room temperature for about 2 hours.

Lightly flour the dough, then put it on your work surface. Lightly press down the dough and shape it into a thick rope. Cut this into 8 equal portions with a knife.

Shape the balls into smooth rounds and roll them as medium sized discs.

Guadeloupean Fried Bread Sandwich

Meanwhile heat enough oil for deep frying,drop one by one the rolled discs and fry them on both sides until they turns golden brown.

Remove from oil and drain the excess of oil.

Slice the fried bread and make sandwich with your favourite fillings.

8 comments:

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting read on this fried bread , and the bread looks really good , initially I thought it would be a sweet bread . And yes I would love to take a bite from that super duper sandwich .

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, that looks like a delicious fried bread Priya. Kudos to you for impressing your colleague with her own cuisine.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

What a tempting bread Priya... I'm glad your friends enjoyed it. Good idea to hold a bokit party with different fillings.

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

I made it a couple of years back. Looks like a sumptuous treat.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

That is a great bread Priya. Bread as such us my weakness and to top it off this is fried. I would not be able to stop at one.

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

I grew up eating this johnnycake which is what we call it as my grandmother is from Dominica and being so close to Guadeloupe our cuisines are very similar. You are making me so nostalgic for my grandmother and now deceased aunt, who made the best johnnycake

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

A fried bread sounds interesting. The background of the dish makes a good read as well.

veena krishnakumar said... Reply To This Comment

This is an interesting read Priya!Thank you for introducing us to these wonderful cuisine. Looks lovely