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Recipes: Simone's Favourite - Bakes



500g self raising flour

Pinch of salt

200-250 ml of water

Vegetable oil (for shallow frying)


1 red onion

3 handfuls of spinach

6 mushrooms

4 tomatoes

1 clove of garlic

1 pepper

2 tins of mackerel in tomato sauce

Black pepper

Mixed herbs



To make the dough for the bakes, put the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Add water a little bit at a time, whilst kneading the mix with your hands. If it’s too dry, add more water and if it’s too wet, add more flour. Keep doing this until you have a ball of dough.

Split the dough into small dumpling sized balls. Some people prefer to have long dumplings, rather than round ones. They all taste good! Roll the balls between the palms of your hands.

Grab your vegetable oil and pour enough into your pan for a shallow fry. Make sure it’s enough oil to cover at least half of the bakes’ height. Place over a hot stove and wait for the oil to heat up. Once hot, turn the heat down to medium so the bakes don’t burn as your fry them. Don’t overfill the pan, make sure there is space between the bakes and fry in batches. Once they are a lovely golden brown, flip them. Wait until golden all over and then take them out of them pan. This should take about 5 minutes. Place them onto a plate with kitchen roll on, using the paper to soak up the oil.

Roughly chop your ingredients, they'd don't need to be precise, just a small palatable size. Once done, on a mid to high heat it's time to fry it all! Fry your onions, garlic and peppers first with the seasoning. Throw in the mackerel, then add the mushrooms and add the spinach last. Give it a taste and add more seasoning as desired.

Then, slice open the bakes (part way through, like a hot dog bun), stuff in your mackerel and enjoy!

*If you are vegetarian or just don't eat fish, you can switch the fish out for anything you like - chicken, ham, or go full veg only.

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