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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

Oats in the North, Wheat from the South

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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Bannocks come from the northern parts of Great Britain: Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. They are flat, scone-like buns or quick breads that are baked on a griddle and made with barley, oats and sometimes a proportion of rye – whatever grew to harvest. Before bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) was invented, they were also made by saving a proportion of dough from the previous bake, thus creating sourdough bannocks.

A bannock made with rye and barley was called ‘Brown