Monday, September 8, 2014

Bannocks? From the Brewster Herald, 1900

According to a bit appearing in The Brewster Herald on September 9, 1911, two men (McKinley and Robinson) were voted the champions at making bannocks."

I had no idea what a bannock was so went I asked Grandma Google (who knows everything). I learned that a bannock is a variety of flat quick bread made from grain, shaped into a round and fried in a greased skillet or baked in the oven. As in Dutch oven in 1911??

Bannocks sound easy to make:  3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 2 TB baking powder, 1/4 c butter,melted, 1 1/2 cups water.  Measure dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well; pour butter and water over the mix; stir to make a ball. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead about ten times. Pat into a flat circle about one inch thick. Cook in a greased skillet about fifteen minutes on a side or for 25-30 minutes in a 350o oven.

So could we say that a bannock is a Washington heritage bread? or food?

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