Cask & Barrel

Bannock Bread

Nov
20

Bannock is a traditional Canadian bread that I was introduced to camping in Algonquin Park as a child. It requires no egg or dairy, so the dry mix can easily be carried in your pack with a small portion of oil to make fresh bread at the campsite. It may have originated from a Scottish recipe introduced by early settlers, but it was quickly adopted by many First Nation communities and has become a part of true Canadiana. I’ve used rendered duck fat and added fresh thyme, but any oil or fat can be substituted. Olive oil and fresh rosemary, or butter and sage would make a delicious alternative. The easiest method is to bake the bannock in an oven, but the dough can also be pan fried in oil or baked in a skillet to create a pull-apart bread. For Wassail at Trail Estate Winery, the raw dough was wrapped around sticks and roasted over an open fire – the ultimate bannock experience!

Bannock with Duck Fat and Fresh Thyme

Yields 15 pieces

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ cup duck fat
  • 1 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add thyme, duck fat, and water. Stir until a dough forms. 
  4. Remove dough and knead until smooth. Add a small amount of water if too dry.
  5. Portion dough into about 15 balls, 2″ in size. Pat dough flat in the palms of your hands to form a disc. Use your thumb to create a hole in the centre of the disc.
  6. Place on baking sheet and baking for about 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown and the bannock is cooked through.

Wassail

Nov
17

When: Nov. 18-19, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3 2017
Where: Various locations

When harvest is over the wineries of Prince Edward County open their doors for Wassail, a festival of singing, feasting, and imbibing. Many wineries offer mulled wine as a treat for roaming carollers, as well as seasonal comfort foods and holiday treats. There are bus tours available through Wassail in the County or explore at your own pace with a self-guided tour.

  • Outlet Food Co. will be at Trail Estate Winery serving a red wine braised beef Cottage Stew with a side of bannock bread made with rendered duck fat and fresh thyme. Roast your own bannock over a roaring campfire and taste new release wines like Baco Nuvo and Pet Nat.
  • Vegan winery Karlo Estates will have Rooted Eats by JERKebago and vegan cheese from Caju Winds.
  • Visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Traynor Vineyard, then treat yourself to a taste of Mexico from Guapo’s Cantina.