Today I am going to go see if the snow on the local skateboard park has melted yet, but I still haven’t eaten more than a bagel for beakfast. This makes me think I need to eat more. The other day I made Bannock. Bannock is a quick, five-minute snack that you can throw into your pocket for later. I mean literally put it in your pocket. It was originally made by First Nations people in Canada, using roots for flour, and tree sap to sweeten. They would make the batter, wrap it and go hunting, and cook it later in the field. The recipe actually says on it how to cook it withought a pan, over a fire. I obviously did not cook mine over an open flame, but it still tasted great all the same, and I can still bring it to the skate park if I want.
Basic Bannock Recipe (with modern ingredients) from the website Bannock Awareness
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp butter, plus more to grease pan
- cold water
Directions: To be fried or “stick-cooked”. (!!)
Sift together the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until the mixture is kind of like sand (at this point it can be sealed in a ziplock bag for later field use). Grease and heat a frying pan. Working quickly, add enough COLD water to the dry mix to make a firm dough. Once the water is thoroughly mixed into the dough, form the dough into small cakes about 1/2 inch thick. If the batter is goopy, add a little more flour, or just dust the cakes with flour to make them easier to handle. Lay the cakes in the warm frying pan. Once a bottom crust has formed and the dough has hardened enough to hold together, turn the bannock cakes.
If you are in the field and you don’t have a frying pan, make a thicker dough by adding less water and roll the dough into a long ribbon (no wider than 1 inch). Wind this around a preheated, green, hardwood stick and cook about 8 inches over a fire, turning occasionally, until the bannock is cooked. (end of recipe)
So, do you like it? It may not taste like something that came out of a five-star restaurant, but it only took five minutes, and you can cook it on a stick. I put blueberries on mine, and my brother said it tasted like blueberry muffins.
If you like the idea of pocket food like this, but don’t have five minutes, you can just take an extra thirty minutes, drive to the store, and buy LaraBars.
I like them because they are natural, not super sugary or sweet, and only have from four to six ingredients. For example, my favourite was Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. It only has dates, peanuts, chocolate chips, and sea salt.
I hope you liked these two easy pocket foods. Tell me your favourite bar flavour or other pocket food in the comments below. See you next time!