I have been experimenting a bit recently with some recipes from different ages. Most of them have not gone down too well with the other members of the household. I think that we have got too used to the sweet and processed modern foods that recipes from the past can seem a bit bland or just downright weird (don’t mention the rose flavoured milk pudding.)
This one however actually got eaten. I had been looking for some Iron Age recipes. The evidence for what was eaten in the Iron Age in Britain is a bit sketchy and there are no actual recipes. Bread was a staple made with wheat or barley. It was eaten with soups or stews or cheese. Porridge was also a staple. Things were cooked in pots or stones directly in the fire, although there were also some ovens to cook bread.
A bannock is a round flat bread made of wheat or oats and made on a griddle. They were certainly part of the Scottish diet in the middle ages and could well have been made in the Iron Age too.
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- small pinch of salt
- large pinch of baking powder
- 1/4 cup of hot / warm water
- 1 tbsp of oil (or you could use meat fat which would be more traditional)
Put the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
Add the water and oil to the dry ingredients and then knead it all together into a stiff dough.
Roll it out flat. Cut out a circle and score it into 8 pieces.
Heat up a frying pan on the hob (get a grown up to help.) When it is hot place the bannock in the middle.
When it starts to turn brown, turn it over to cook the other side.
When it is done you can break it into pieces, but let it cool a little first.
Eat them with a soup or some cheese for a wholesome and healthy lunch.
They were also pretty yummy with honey and some raspberries from the garden.