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Bannock Bread for Beltane

Bannock bread has become popular for Beltane rituals. It's easy to prepare and so versatile that it has been a camper's favorite for generations. As a fire festival associated with fertility, Beltane is celebrated outdoors by Pagans of different paths. This makes bannock bread a perfect treat to make over the campfire with a group of friends and family.

The recipe for the bread is believed to have originated in Scotland and traveled to North America with fur traders and adapted by Native Americans for their famous fry bread. It contains no yeast, and eggs are optional. This is one reason it's so popular in wilderness cooking.

There are numerous variations to the recipe. It can be made plain or sweet, with herbs or fruit. Different flours and oats can be used. A basic recipe consists of the following ingredients:

? 4 cups flour

? 4 teaspoons baking powder

? 1 teaspoon salt

? 1/2 to 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

? 4 tablespoons oil or butter

? 1-1/2 to 2 cups water

Mix the dry ingredients. The sugar is optional and should be left out if you are serving this with a dinner meal like chili or stew. Add the oil, then the water until you have bread dough consistency.

Roll the dough onto a floured surface and knead 10-20 times. In the meantime, start heating oil in a skillet on medium heat. Use enough oil to liberally cover the pan. Break the dough into tennis ball size pieces and flatten to between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You will need to experiment with this especially if you are cooking over a campfire. If the dough is too thin, it will burn. If it's too thick, it will be doughy inside.

Place the dough pieces in the pan and fry on one side approximately 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Flip and do the same for the other side. These cook quickly, so watch carefully. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil, then serve hot.

The picture above is from a halved batch of this recipe and made seven bannocks. I added honey instead of sugar and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on them for a breakfast treat. Some recipes call for keeping the dough in one piece and frying it in the pan that way. The beauty of this dish is that it isn't a science, and you can be creative.

Bannock bread can be made into buns and quick pizza crusts. Milk can be used instead of water. You could add herbs like rosemary or basil with cheese and serve with Italian food. Add dried fruits like raisins and drizzle with maple syrup or honey for a sweet treat. This quick bread is an excellent way to celebrate the bounty of the earth at Beltane or any of the Sabbats.

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Apr 09, 2020
Without yeast, this is no rise dough, so rather simple to make. I shall give it a try and see how it tastes.

Apr 27, 2020
I made them like biscuits. It came out more like crackers and by day 3 it was a rock. I may post my own bread recipe in my coven, but just google a bread recipe, preferably one with fruit and/or honey.

May 02, 2020
Did you seal it in a bag or leave it on the counter?

May 03, 2020
Tinfoil and into the bread box.

Apr 27, 2020
This bread gonna be hard and crunchy I'm going to make soft french bread instead

Apr 28, 2020
if thay is no yeast it is going to be bread.

Apr 28, 2020
It would be considered no rise bread like matzah.

Apr 29, 2020
Yeah, kosher for Passover! But significantly tastier than matzah.

May 02, 2020
I'm confused by your response, could you explain, Briony? Oldfyre asked how it could be bread without yeast, Tadashi explained there's bread with no yeast and gave an example, then you replied with ''year, kosher of Passover!'' the tone seems kind of like ''gotcha'' but I'm confused why you're bringing it up. Did you mean matzah is used for Passover, because, yes, that's what they traditionally have. [sorry, just really confused with your response]

May 02, 2020
Great recipe! Recommend!

Apr 29, 2021

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