If you've read my older posts you will know that my hubby and I own a trapline in Northern BC. Most falls find us travelling there with the cats, dog and 2 remaining at home kids, and spending 2 months in isolation at our remote cabin. (You can click on the links to go to 2 blogs from this past falls trip.)
When we are out in the cabin, we have a few options for 'bread'. I make my own, so loaves are the norm. But, we also really enjoy bannock. Bannock is a flat, heavy, quick bread. It originates in Scotland, although the Natives of North America have incorporated it into their traditional foods as well. It is also known as frypan bread.
This morning, after realizing last night that we were outta bread (aah!) I decided to whip up a bannock for breakfast!
Put your frying pan on medium high heat, add a generous 'glug' of oil and let it warm up while you get started on the batter. I use the measurements very loosely....no need to be exact! I use 2 cups (ish!) of flour to make a batch in a 9 inch size frying pan. Add to that 2 Tbsp. (again...ish!) of baking powder. I just use a regular soup spoon for this. Next add about a teaspoon of salt.
Mix the dry ingredients together and get a cup of water...just any cup! Use a fork to stir in the water
as you add it. You will need to add water until it is the right consistency...a sticky, gooey dough.
I added more than a cup of water to get it to this stage. The dough will be thick, not dripping like pancake batter. But sticky enough that you wouldn't want to try and knead it.When it's ready, turn it into your preheated, oiled frying pan. You can make one large bannock which can be cut up into wedges, or single serving 'biscuit' sized bannocks. Use the fork to pat the bannock into shape and spread out in the pan. It should be about 1 inch thick.
This is the tricky part if you chose to do the large bannock. You have to flip it over! How firm your bannock is will be the deciding factor as to how easy this will be. I have resorted to a 2nd frying pan on occasion to flip it from one into the other, but usually I can manage to flip it without it landing on the stove top or floor! It's always an adventure! Try using 2 flippers and a 2nd set of hands if you find it is too floppy to flip with one. If you opt to make smaller bannocks, in single serving sizes, they are much easier to flip, and not quite so much of an adventure!
Now you are ready to cut it into wedges and smother a piece in butter! Jam and honey are great on it too! Serve it with stews, chill, soup...It's delicious anyway, hot or cold.
I have also changed the recipe up a bit and added cinnamon, sugar and raisins to the batter. Another really tasty way to serve single serving bannock is with chili, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese piled top - Bannock Taco!!