Off and On the Trail Bannock

Off and On the Trail Bannock

Bannock is a simple griddle-cooked or pan-fried quick bread that can be made with as little as flour, salt and water fried in fat. As such, it was a popular food among trappers and natives on the move in early Canada. Nowadays it's usually leavened with baking powder, giving it the texture of a dense scone and with the same floury taste. Dotted with raisins and cranberries and seasoned with a little ground cinnamon, bannock is an easy treat to make at home or out on the trail.

Off and On the Trail BannockOff and On the Trail Bannock
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Published on May 28, 2010

Simple pan-fried bannock with raisins and cranberries

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes

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  • 3 cups unbleached white or spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder, cranberries and raisins.

  • Pour the melted butter and water into the dry ingredients. Combine with a fork or pastry cutter. Knead gently with floured hands.

  • Heat the olive oil or butter in a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, tear off chunks of the dough and gently press into the pan with a spatula. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes a side or until browned.

  • Serve hot or warm with butter or jam

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Off and On the Trail Bannock

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Heather Loves Healthy Vegan Recipes said...

I went camping last month and we made bannock (my Australian friend calls it 'twisties') by mixing flour and water and a bit of beer for the yeast and wrapping it around a stick and cooking it over the campfire, like marshmallows. It was amazing.