| 03.19.2018

The secret’s out — Bannock is the quickest of quick-breads


Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs

If you are one easily intimidating by making bread and bread-like items, this recipe is for you! Bannock is, in my eyes, the easiest and quickest of the quick breads (quick breads don’t require yeast but use baking powder and/or baking soda). It’s a soft, dense, biscuit-like bread and a highly versatile recipe. It’s perfect for camping and cooking over a fire in a Dutch oven, quickly over a backpacking stove, or on the stovetop in the kitchen. You can also dream up any number of additions/toppings to add interest. Savory or sweet – it’s a great treat.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • plastic Ziploc bag
  • water
  • butter
  • potential toppings (garlic butter, cinnamon sugar, parmesan cheese, jam, etc. )
Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs


  1. Measure dry ingredients into plastic bag.
  2. Close and mix well (shake, massage, and other forms of manhandling).
  3. Add some water, close bag and mix.
  4. Continue this process until you’ve created a very sticky dough.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the dough, heat a bit of butter in pan.
  6. When melted and pan is hot, cut a corner of bag and squeeze some dough into pan. I make mine about biscuit size.
  7. When golden brown, flip and brown other side.
  8. Add butter to pan before you add more dough.
  9. Add topping immediately when out of pan (especially for something like cinnamon sugar – it will stick to the hot biscuit).

Notes: If you’re in the kitchen, feel free to mix this up in a bowl. Consider using the bag, though, as it makes the process no-mess and no-hassle. It is great for camp cooking because you can premix the dry ingredients and have it ready to go in a bag, and then eyeball the addition of water. Mixing in a bag is pretty fun too – you might find people in your group fighting for the task. Also, consider adding ingredients to the dough itself, like grated carrots or cheese.

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