Monday, May 28, 2007

Bannock Recipe

How do you get this?

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.

Then you realize he hasn't washed his hands and you send him into the bathroom. He whines a bit, tells you to "not touch anything, I'll be riiiiight back." You wait, tapping your foot. You wait some more because he's looking for his Spiderman towel, he won't dry his hands on anything else. Finally he comes back.

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!

Sorry for the blurry picture but he has a hard time holding still, after numerous attempts and changing a dozen settings on my camera I give up and hope for the best.

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."

He quickly forgives me as he's fascinated by the whirl of the mixer going 'round and 'round and 'round... Excuse me while I go sit down for a bit because I'm feeling a little dizzy. I betcha he's wondering if one of his race cars would fit in there? Maybe I best unplug it when we're done.

About 5 minutes later he switches off the mixer (heaven forbid "I" touch it).

"I wanna taste!"
"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!

Even at a distance the bubbles are amazing to a 3 year old, and I get constant "WOW MAMA's!" I sneak a peek at his hand, no mark or anything, out pop a couple of grays.

When the bottom is a golden brown it's time to flip 'em.

They rise a bit in the pan and this one looks ready to take out. "Hold on Little Man you're going to have one as soon as it cools down... remember the hot frying pan?" (How quickly they forget). He sticks his finger into the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture and that tides him over until the bannock cools. I hope no dentists are reading this.

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?).

If you'd like to make Bannock here's a shortened version of the complete recipe, if you'd like a stretched out version I'll let you borrow my 3 year old. He likes to stay up late, sleep in, and help out in the kitchen, along with numerous other things... but he does give hugs and kisses on a regular basis.

Bannock Recipe

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.


Anonymous said...

I want to be there. This looks oh so good. Great job Jevan. I love the laugh. He looks like he is enjoying it. Love Ya!

Rod Field said...

mmm i want some of that good lookin break lol....looks so awesome

jackie said...

I have my own three year old to help stretch the process out. But thanks for offering!

Anonymous said...

What a precious, budgy little helping hand! =) I hope his finger is ok!

These look delicious - I think I might try these for our tea tomorrow or friday (with the cinnamon and sugar, of course!)

Anonymous said...

Sounds much safer than a previous version I had of the recipe which was called "chainsaw bannock"... I'm sure you can imagine the gender of the person who provided that version...

Thank you. I shall try this one out. If a 3 year old can make it, I'm almost sure I can too.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe, thanks for sharing

Briony said...

That was darling. What a creative and fun way to post a recipe. I hope my two little girls will have as much fun making this recipe as your cute little boy did.

Kansas A said...

Thanks Briony, Jevan had a blast that day :) He's in kindergarten now and they made bannock a week or so ago. They took pictures, similar to what I did in my blog post, and made a book with all the pics, it's quite cute.

Anonymous said...

HEy! [its Bonnie (little Bonnie haha)] i found your page on google and I am going to make this right now :) mmmmm yummmmies!

Tan Evans said...

Blessed Be! I was looking for a Bannock recipe for Beltaine Ritual and landed here. I cant stop smiling. I lost my son back in 06 but we always cooked together. He was 22 when I lost him. Cherish every second. Its the most amazing feeling between a mother and a child.

Blessed Be

Anonymous said...

Nothing like a taste of home when you're far, far away. I usually make mine with a couple TB of sugar thrown in and bake instead of fry but your recipe was great. Yum!

Diane said...

A long way from home . . . and just moved . . . couldn't find my recipe box, so Google gave me yours :) Usually bake mine as well, but, a lovely Sunday morning to do the more traditional method! Thank you for the photo story! Mine is 13 now and doing other photo cooking stories of her own :))) Thanks again!

Brenda Biggar said...

Awesome that you took the time with your son to make your bannock. That was so cute.....

Hey, you could make a book out of this story.....

Anonymous said...

Making Bannock at 3AM! Gotta love it...ohhhh yeahhhhhhh!

kshaw said...

So sorry for your loss, Tam. We lost 2 children in 2008