Fit's a Bannock we' you?

Aberdeenshire Bannocks

To us, in this part of Aberdeenshire, a Bannock is essentially a pancake, scotch pancake or what some might call a drop scone. Across Scotland, Bannocks are other types of flat cakes.

This is not a typical desert and is more often eaten at fly time (morning or afternoon coffee break!) But topped with jam, cream and seasonal berries I feel it makes a lovely summer’s day dessert.

This is a recipe that I grew up with, written in my Grannies old-fashioned handwriting, I’m not sure what she would think about me sharing it with the world, but I do it in homage to her!

This recipe will easily make enough for 4 to have as a dessert, how many will depend on the size of your spoon!

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Aberdeenshire Bannocks on cooling tray


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp castor sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200ml milk

For Topping

  • Locally sourced jam
  • Seasonal soft fruits – strawberries,
    raspberries, blueberries
  • Whipped double cream 


  • Sieve all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix roughly
  • Make a well in the centre and add egg, oil, syrup and a little milk
  • Whisk slowly, starting to incorporate dry ingredients, adding more milk as you go, you are looking for a thick pancake consistency that will drop off your ladle
  • Heat a griddle or nonstick frying pan on low to medium heat, butter lightly
  • Spoon a small ladleful of mixture onto hot griddle/ pan, once the air bubbles on top start to burst then flip over and leave for a minute till underneath is golden
  • It may take a few attempts to get the pan right temperature to get a nice even golden finish!
  • Leave to cool slightly on a cooling rack, or even the rack from the grill
  • Spread with jam, top with whipped cream and garnish with fresh seasonal berries.

"hud roon for a bannock and a blether quine"

Inviting your female friend over for a catch-up over a pancake

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