Journey of Knowledge - Part 6

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Indigenous Food - Recipe

Oven or Stovetop Bannock "Elder approved"

Read the original published article: Recipe: Bannock that is Elder Approved”. Julie Van Rosendaal: Calgary Herald, March 08, 2018.
“The most common way to cook bannock is in a skillet on the stovetop or over an open fire. But Tallow’s grandfather, Louis, baked his, flipping the whole thing halfway through so that it was evenly golden and crisp.” 
Shantel Tallow and Paul Conley bannock recipe:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½-2 cups warm water
  • ¼ cup lard or butter (for baked bannock) oil for cooking (for stovetop bannock)
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. For baked bannock: Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the water, then stir just until combined.
  3. Spread the dough into a greased or parchment-lined 9×13-inch pan and drop three dollops of lard (or butter) onto the top of the batter. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20-25 minutes, turning once to brown the other side.
  4. For stovetop bannock: Gradually add enough water to moisten the ingredients and bring the mixture together in a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead about 10 times.
  5. Shape the dough into round patties about ½-inch thick. Cook on an oiled skillet for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.

This Journey of Knowledge is provided to help you discover material gathered in the Indigenous History and Culture online exhibit curated by the Craigleith Heritage Depot and The Blue Mountains Public Library. Please follow links and locations shared to resources in the Indigenous History and Culture online exhibit. There, you may discover other fascinating material as well!

Discover a traditional Anishinaabe recipe: bannock, or frybread. Visitors are encouraged to read the "Read First Document" located in the Journey of Knowledge Collection.

Find the Journey of Knowledge collection in the Indigenous History and Culture exhibit.

The First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada are recognized as the traditional stewards of the land. The municipality of The Town of The Blue Mountains is located within the boundary of Treaty 18region of 1818 which is the traditional land of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples.

For more information, please contact the Craigleith Heritage Depot; a museum, archives, and branch of the Blue Mountains Public Library located in the Town of The Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada.