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.
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.
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.