A simple and easy fried bread recipe, Bannock a traditional Indigenous Bread made modern.
Easy Bannock Bread
With the celebration of Canada’s 150th I couldn’t not include one of Canada’s Native Peoples recipes. Without getting into the political surrounding of our not so wonderful treatment of our First Nations, I would like to tell you a bit about the origin of Bannock, this simple fried bread.
Bannock was originally brought to North America by Scottish explorers and traders. Indigenous people in particular Métis adopted bannock in their cuisine in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries probably after their encounters with Scottish fur traders.
As a result, even today many Métis and aboriginal western Canadians often prepare this dish. In western Canada, bannock is much more associated with native and Métis culture than with its Scottish roots.
With very few ingredients and easy to make Bannock is perfect as an accompaniment with a meal or even for Breakfast. It is often made when camping and it has been used as a staple food for wilderness explorers, trappers, and prospectors for centuries.
A few tips in making this Easy Bannock Bread tasty and something will enjoy often.
Whisk the dry ingredients before adding the oil and water.
Bring the dough together with a fork. Move the Bannock dough to a lightly floured surface and knead only until the dough comes together.
Do not over knead, this is not a yeast dough, and will be a little sticky, so therefore extra flour is not needed.
Break off pieces of dough and flatten with the palm of your hand. Fry in hot oil on medium heat until golden brown and then turn to brown on the other side. Drain on paper towels. Eat warm or room temperature. Enjoy!
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- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup water
- vegetable oil for frying
In a large bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
Add olive oil and whisk together with a fork, gradually add water and stir until almost holds together. Move to a lightly floured surface and gently knead about 10 times just until the dough comes together. (will be sticky)
Divide into 5 balls and flatten with the palm of your hand. Fry in hot oil on medium heat (enough to cover the bottom of a medium frying pan). Until golden brown on both sides (and cooked on the inside). Drain on paper towel lined plate and eat warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
** Do not cook on too high a heat or they will only cook on the outside.