What screams Legendary more than the epic Highlander? To honor this legendary fighter, it seemed fitting to make bannock bread. This bread has several variations in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and beyond. This recipe is inspired by a Scottish recipe.

Supplies for bannock bread as listed in the supplies column including flour, butter, baking powder and instant milk


  • 1.5 cups / 350ml of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 cups / 350ml of Whole Wheat Flour (or another 1.5 cups of All-Purpose Flour)
  • 0.5 cups / 120ml Powdered Milk (Do not substitute milk.)
  • 2 TBSP / 15ml Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp / 5ml Salt
  • 2 TBSP / 15ml shortening OR lard OR butter)
  • 1-1.5 cups / 240-350ml water
  • Cooking Oil (for greasing skillet)

Skillet Scottish Bannock Bread Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Grease Skillet and put into heated oven.

In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

Add the shortening to the dry ingredients. It will look like clotted breadcrumbs.

Then add a little water and mix it together, then add a little more water. No more than 1.5 cups total.

The dough should be firm and not overly sticky.

Carefully take the heated skillet out of the oven and put the round of dough in the middle. It might crackle a little, but that’s alright.

Spread the dough by patting it out and pushing it out until it’s about 1-inch thick.

Bake for 15 minutes, then check on it. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes. If you’re cooking it over a fire, flip the bread at the halfway point for even baking.

After baking, the bannock should be lightly brown and soft in the middle. 

Pull the bannock out of the oven/fire and let cool. Then enjoy.

Were you hoping to make this bannock bread on a stick over the fire? Do not add as much water to the dough, so you have a thick dough. Then take the dough and squeeze it onto the top of a stick. Bake over the fire on one side until golden brown, then flip and do the same. Crack it open and enjoy!

The bannock bread resembles American biscuits in many ways. Eat this wonderful bread with your favorite jams or jellies. Clotted cream is another option worth exploring while enjoying this bread with some coffee or tea. And it would be a great companion to campfire soups or stews. Best enjoyed outdoors by a fire while wearing something akin to a kilt.

Contributed by Sarah
Sarah (Advent Geek Girl) now lives in a small town in Mideastern Wisconsin. She is a middle school literacy teacher and runs a youth Tabletop Club. AGG is a mother, wife, foodie, and travel-enthusiast in addition to her primary geek addiction as a tabletop gamer. She geeks out over nuns, zombies, and all things sci-fi. Sarah hails from House Organa and is a child of the 80s. Find more about Sarah on her social media accounts or her blog at http://adventgeekgirl.blogspot.com.