Family Weekend Challenge #5: Make bannock!

By Liann Bobechko »Liann Bobechko

August 5th, 2010


When my baby was a baby (she’s now all grown up at 15 months), I went through a phase of baking bannock. It was, of course, partly that I love bannock (a lot), and got accolades for making it. But I also started mixing up double batches of the dry mix and storing half of it in a big glass pickle jar. So every other time all I had to do was add water, which seemed like a miraculous solution when I couldn’t count on having 10 minutes uninterrupted at any time of day. Plus, there’s something magical about a recipe that calls for no milk, oil, or butter but still comes out tasting so darn yummy.

All of which is to say I recommend this bannock recipe from the 2004 Cottage Life Recipe Contest and urge you all to complete this week’s Family Weekend Challenge: Make bannock! But pssst, if you’re a cottage kid, don’t forget to ask for help from a grown up when it comes to the baking part.

The first five readers to write comments here telling me about how it went will receive an Animal Cookie Cutter Set. Extra points if you do it over the fire!

Get baking, and have fun!


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Aug. 12, 2010

10:17 am

I posted another letter from Laura on today's blog so I could include a photo she sent me.


Aug. 10, 2010

4:33 pm

We made this today. I took your suggestion and made a double batch of dry ingredients. Who knew such yummy "bread" could be so easy. I let my 10 year old measure everything and he really felt like he made it. He sure is enjoying eating it, too! Thanks for the idea.


Aug. 10, 2010

9:57 am

Thanks for the note, Tara! It sounds like Noah is the perfect contender for this Family Weekend Challenge. I'm always impressed with kids who are competent in the kitchen from a young age. Hooray for Noah! Be sure to drop me a line and let me know how it it went. And take a picture if you get a chance.


Aug. 9, 2010

10:42 pm

My 10 year old son likes to have campfires, and is pretty comfortable in the kitchen,too. This idea has his name written all over it (his name is Noah, in case it isn't 'written' that clearly). I have memories of eating bannock when I was a kid, but I don't think my kids have ever had the experience. I bookmarked the recipe. We're heading to the cottage tomorrow. We'll try it!


Aug. 9, 2010

12:37 pm

Way to up the ante, Martin! I suggest comfort food and you make, or rather, innovate upscale crackers from a Missiiagan-Pakwejigan recipe to serve with Tequila Lime Escabeche. Way to outdo yourself...

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