Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tasty Tuesday Irish Bannock Bread!

Lucky Donna got to got to Ren Fest on Irish Day! She sent me this recipe and some pictures!




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup dried currants


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture with pastry cutter. Add buttermilk until dough is soft. Stir in currants.
  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Form dough into a 7 inch round. Place on a lightly oiled cake pan or cookie sheet. Cut 1/2 inch deep cross side to side. Score with cross 1/2 inch deep on the top.
  3. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 40 minutes.


  1. Oh man I used to know a joke about a "bend in his kilt" but I can't remember it. This is like Jeopardy. You guys will have to come up with the question or beginning of the joke LOL.

  2. lol kilts and bends huh Mary? LOL

    The bread sounds tasty. I want to go to a Ren fest!

  3. Budley tells me that there's a Ren Fest somewhere in Indiana, but I have no idea when. Looks like a lot of fun, even if there aren't hunks walking around with bends in their kilts!

  4. *quietly sneeks over & removes the pin in the kilt*

    they have ren fairs all over this area. much fun! that recipie looks so good & easy...i will have 2 try it. i've never had a current though...maybe will substiute strawberies.

  5. Oh my, I see we're up to Shenigans already. I'd say : This Kilt is Tented. But, This reminds me of a story I heard Sunday: "Ah, but dat's a fine looking kilt," she exclaimed.

    "Aye, and if ye like it, ye'll really like what's underneath," he stated as he lifted his kilt to show her.

    "Oh, but dat's a dandy," his girlfriend shouted admiringly.

    Still not realizing that he didn't have his underwear on, he exclaimed quite proudly, "aye, and if ye like it, I've got five more yards of it at home!"

    Oh Paulette, You can substitute raisins or mixed dried fruits of any kind. Cherries, dates, Cranberries. It's a fun bread to eat with Clotted Creme.

  6. Cheryl,
    You have a very small Faire Oct. 10/02 - 10/03, 2010 - Fishers Renaissance Faire
    Fishers, Indiana
    Location: Conner Prairie

  7. Another way to find some costumed fun is to look up the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism in your area---they put on some amazing Faires!! One of my nephews learned fencing in college, and used to fence and swordfight at the ones where he lived. The SCA is usually involved in any large Ren. Faire. Great fun!

  8. Mary G.
    Now Sweetie,
    I'm sure some handsome man with a bend in his kilt will come along and sweep you off your feet!!!! (Just make sure m'lady that you have your broom)!!!!

    Have you noticed that this fine fellow has rather Blotchy skin. I think he's been fooling around in the pole barn with Cheryl. I suppose she working on moves for some action scenes in VIRGIN.

  9. Be still my heart. A tented kilt...I need a moment or a week....

    The bread recipe sounds easy enough for me to try:) Of course, I wouldn't know clotted cream if it jumped on me. Donna...is this like a dessert kind of bread? Like a scone, maybe? It looks good and I love bread...just trying to get an idea of what to expect as far as taste ~ since I have not had Bannock Bread.

    And, no slight on the "players" you photographed. I'll take the one on the right. They just can't compete with a TENTED KILT:)

  10. I always wanted to do that stuff, but I wanted to be a knight, not a damsel in distress. I have a real sword and Kira would make a great war horse. No time for that now, though. I'll probably still be working on Virgin during the Ren Fest in Fishers. :-(

  11. Ms Nancy,
    This Tented Kilt just really makes me smile. It reminds me of some of the Hero's in the Irish and Scottish Historical Romance Books.
    And Danger Committee Mick would be happy you liked him. He gets no respect from the other two guys in the act. They tease him so much. I like him too. He's funny. And because he wears the tights. And he has the Balls to fill them. LOL!!!
    Bannock Bread looks like a Big Scone. And we enjoy it as a breakfast bread. It's not as sweet as Scones.
    Clotted creme is like a rich cream cheese. I like it with Coffee Cake or on this bread with Jelly.
    Cheryl, I hope you can get away for one day from Virgin and go back to Medieval times. You'll love it.