Go Canadian Cree: Make Delicious Bannock for the Holidays
Bannock, also known as frybread, skaan/scone or Indian bread. It is a delicious treat among Cree and other Canadian First Nations.
How to get your guy to make Bannock for the holidays?
You let him take:
4 cups of flour and count every one, spill a bit on the counter and eventually dump it into the bowl.
Now you get him to add:
1 teaspoon of salt, and that goes off without a hitch.
See that clean hand? I wouldn't want him doing open heart surgery but it will pass for "clean."
Now it's time to count out, every single one, 4 teaspoons of baking powder. I've got to teach the boy to count faster!
Okay, we're on the home stretch for the ingredients, just four tablespoons of oil and he's done!
Okay so I cheat a bit and when he runs to the bathroom to go "pee pee" I add three. Oh, he has to wash his hands again, where's that Spiderman towel? He adds the last tablespoon of oil. His three year old mind quickly forgets he was supposed to add four (the things we do to our kids).
You'll want to add water now, I add about a cup and a half.
Now it's time to turn on the mixer. "I wanna turn it on Mama, me, me!" I switch it off and he turns it on... giving me that look of "next time don't touch Mama, that's my job."
About 5 minutes later he switches off the mixer (heaven forbid "I" touch it).
"No Jevan, it doesn't taste very good right now, we have to wait until it's cooked."
In a split second, no really a nano second, he reaches hand into bowl, grabs a pinch and inhales it. "Blech." Spits it out faster than he put it in and tries to put it back in the bowl.
"See I told you it has to be cooked, take that piece and put it in the chicken bucket." Shaking my head and wondering if more Hubby's DNA got to him than mine.
Bare (or is it bear? I'll have to ask Isela) with me, we're almost done, and aren't we having fun?
Time to pat it down...
...and pat it down some more.
We move near the stove and now I really have to watch him...
Bannock is in the frying pan with a bit of hot oil... things are calm... and then... ... "OUCH!" Yes you guessed it, he reached up and before I could grab his chubby little hand he touched the side of the frying pan! Into the sink with cool water, no tears, no whining, he just states "that hurt Mama." He's a tough little bugger, I'm shaking my head again. Okay the drama is over (a Mama's kiss fixes every owee) and he's back to watching, this time a wee bit farther back, with stern instructions to "not touch... again!" Now I know where my gray hair comes from, and at this rate I'm gonna be white before the end of the year!
When the bottom is a golden brown it's time to flip 'em.
You can eat them plain, or you can sprinkle a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon on them (that's how Jevan likes them, what 3 year old wouldn't?).
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons oil
About 1 1/2 cups water
Mix ingredients and add water. Knead approximately 10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes in a mixer. You can add cinnamon and brown sugar to the dough or sprinkle it on after it's cooked. Pat the dough into very flat pancakes, less than a 1/4 inch thick. Add about a 1/4 inch of oil into a frying pan. Heat up and place dough into frying pan. Let bottom get golden brown and air bubbles form on top. Flip over and cooked the other side. Remove from pan and serve plain or sprinkle on a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon.
Served plain you can eat them with stew, spaghetti, chili, etc.
Internet site reference: http://kansasa.blogspot.com/2007/05/bannock-recipe.html