2½ cups (625 ml) all-purpose flour
5 tsp. (25 ml) baking powder
½ tsp. (3 ml) salt
2 tbsp. (30 ml) sugar
3 tbsp. (45 ml) lard
1 cup (250 ml) water
1 egg, optional
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a clean pail (bowl). Add lard. Rub in to form fine crumbs. If using an egg, combine with water. Add to flour mixture. Stir to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth, about 10 seconds.
Lightly grease a heavy cast-iron skillet with lard and dust with flour. Place half of the dough in the pan. Heat pan over live coals for five minutes. Raise pan to 1½ feet above coals. Bake for 5 - 10 minutes longer or until underside is lightly brown and crusty. Turn and bake on the other side for about 10 - 12 minutes. Bake remaining dough as above. Options: bake 30 minutes, or deep fry until brown. Yield: Two bannocks or 6 to 8 servings.