A Beltane tradition that's easy to make at home or over the campfire.

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3 cups flour, (any combination of wheat, corn, oats, barley)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup melted lard or shortening
1 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add fat and water and mix well. It will form a ball.
  3. Knead about 10 minutes to incorporate all ingredients. Add a little more flour if necessary to make the dough smooth.
  4. Divide dough into 6 pieces and roll them all into a ball. Let them rest for 20 minutes or so while you heat up the oven or skillet.
  5. You can cook these on top of the stove on a cast iron skillet over medium heat, turning after 15 minutes to brown on both sides. OR

You can also put you bannocks on an oiled cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Additional Comments:

You can shape the dough into balls and cook them over your campfire using a forked branch or a grill.

You can also add honey and raisins for a tasty treat.

Prepare your bannocks on the remains of the Beltane Eve balefire. When everything has burned down to glowing embers, it's ready. Find yourself a good sized stone with a bit of a flat surface on the top. Clean it well and place it in the center of your coals.

This dish is best served on the following occasions:


This dish carries energies for the following magical purposes:


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