Week 9: Bannock/Fry Bread
The challenge is to make bannock or fry bread and either post a video of you going through the baking process or a photo of the end result.
There are great instruction videos and lots of links to recipes on the #Next150 website. So I downloaded recipes. The Bannock Awareness pdf is especially good with health and Indigenous history information and a ton of recipe possibilities.
I read the recipes. I re-read the recipes. I re-read the recipes again. You see where I'm going with this?
The problem? I'm not a good cook. Also, I hate frying. It makes my apartment smell greasy for days. I know, you can also bake bannock but I also hate wasting food (see "I'm not a good cook"). I can do easy stuff like scrambled eggs, muffins (but only on a rainy day), and turkey meatloaf ('cause you just throw it all together). My main cooking tools are the microwave, toaster oven, crockpot, and rice cooker.
Still, I accepted the challenge.
I thought maybe I could do Victor's mom's frybread recipe, from the movie Smoke Signals. Maybe it would be magic for me.
Okay. I did it. I think.
I made some modifications.
First I cut the ingredients by half. If I messed up I would only mess up a little.
Then I followed the instructions up to the mixing of the stuff with a fork in a medium bowl. Looking at the white batter I had a childhood flashback of making gluey paste out of flour and water. So I threw an egg in - it looked much better - then set aside the rolled ball for about 1/2 hour.
When I put corn oil in my little cast iron skillet, just enough to make a thick layer, not the 1 inch the recipe called for.
Like pancakes, it took a few tries before I got the right brown.
Then voila... frybread biscuits!
My biscuits were pretty bland tasting by themselves but pretty good with currant jam.
I couldn't believe how easy it was to do, though. I'm thinking of trying again and maybe adding onion bits or maybe basil. Or blueberries! There are creative possibilities here!
It's said that bannock and frybread are considered comfort food. I'm thinking I might add it to my comfort food list, too.