Bannock an Easy Bread to Cook

Bannock, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside.

As my wife will verify I do a lot of things in the kitchen, but baking is not normally one of them.  Well yesterday, I felt like some fresh bread so I decided to make some bannock.  Bannock is a type of bread that was widely used in the American West as well as other parts of the world.  It is easy to make and does not even require a pan to cook it.  The bread can be cooked directly on the hot coals.

I cheated a bit and made mine in the kitchen on the stove.  It is an easy way to have hot fresh bread in under thirty minutes.  You need the following ingredients.

  • 2 cups of flour (white or wheat) I used one of each.
  • I tablespoon of baking powder, I used one without aluminum in it.
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • Enough water to mix into stiff dough.

The uncooked patty in the pan

Throw the ingredients into a bowl and mix; you want the dough stiff enough to stick together.  The dough was formed into a large patty between 1 and 2 inches thick.  I then threw it in a cast iron frying pan that I had heated some oil in.  The dough was then cooked on one side until I could flip it like a pancake.  The backside was then cooked until I could stick a fork in it and it came out clean.  The bread was hot fresh and delicious.

Now the bannock may have a few burned spots on the exterior by the time it is cooked, but it will be good on the interior.  Now the same recipe can be used outdoors without a pan.  Just lay your bread patty directly on the hot coals.  When the bottom is done, flip it.  When the bread is finished brush the ashes of, an enjoy.

The finished bannock ready to come out of pan.

You can make variations of this bread by adding raisins or other dried fruits.   This bread cooks fast and requires less fuel than other forms.  The pioneers enjoyed it and so will you.

Howard

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6 Responses to Bannock an Easy Bread to Cook

  1. Howard K says:

    I spent some time in Canada with the local Black Foot. They make bannock a little different. First no sugar is used and it is baked in the oven at 350 d. until it starts to look brown at the edges.( I put a toothpick in it.) I have never seen it turned over, but I have seed it cooked over a camp fire on an old cast iron plate. You will also need lots of butter and do not expect it last long.

  2. SLHaynes says:

    I’ve read a lot of recepies for bannock and they all include sugar. I wonder if anyone has tried brown sugar, honey or artificial sugar instead of sugar. Any ideas on this?

  3. The part about minimal use of fuel and time is extremely important during a disaster event when both will probably be in short supply.

  4. Zoomie says:

    Gonna give this one a try. Thanks! Great site with lots of great info too!

    Zoomie

  5. WE2 says:

    I too enjoy Bannock…just a little different recipe, I add a bit of baking soda, less salt, less sugar and less flour (empty nesters). One of the things I’ve learned is that it’s LOW and SLOW or you will burn the bread sides. Also, using a fork and NOT overworking my dough makes my bread very tender. We enjoy eating ours as a side with breakfast meat and eggs. Also butter the top, and then use whatever suits our fancy…jelly, jam, powdered sugar, sugar w/cinnamon, syrup, or honey or ???

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