Cree bannock bread is a simple bread similar to a scone or fry bread and is traditionally cooked over an open fire. Today, it is a common staple for Canadian campers. Oven baking is also an alternative to using a cast iron fry pan.
To make Cree bannock bread, take 6 cups of flour and mix with 1 cup of lard in a medium bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of salt to the flour mixture. Once this is combined, add 2 cups of raisins or currants. Fresh berries or dried apricots are alternative ingredients that can be used in place of raisins or currants.
Next, add 3 1/2 cups of water and mix to make a dough. If cooking over a campfire, divide the dough and place a lump of dough on a long stick. Cook over the fire until golden brown. Remove from the stick and drizzle honey or jam over it to make a delicious treat.
If cooking in an oven, spread the dough in a 16-inch square cake pan. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown. Remove from oven and--while still warm--drizzle honey, a cinnamon and sugar mixture or jam over the bannock.