Bread is scarce right now and I’ve seen posts all over the internet of people learning to make bread… so I thought I’d share one of my favorite “survival foods.”
This is Bannock, a traditional Irish/European/Canadian bread that can be fried or baked. This is a type of soda bread that uses baking powder instead of yeast for the fluffiness. Because it’s a “just add water” type of recipe, you can make this at home, or on the go, just about anywhere! When backpacking, I would usually pack 2 or 3 sandwich bags with bannock mix for a special “treat” on the trail.
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon fat (oil, lard, butter)
3/4 cup water
Mix dry ingredients before adding liquid.
Stir in fat and water.
Knead a few times (no more than 10).
Split into small balls. Flatten to 1/4″ to 1″ patties.
Fry over medium heat until browned or bake in oven at 350 for about 25 minutes.
You can add just about anything to this recipe. Brown sugar and raisins (or apples!) are wonderful. Cheese. Nuts. Pepper. Whatever you want! I prefer to fry mine with a bit of butter, but it’s such a simple recipe, you can mix up a batch and try a few different cooking methods all at once!