Traditional Dishes | Selkirk Bannock
Bannock is a bread the same thickness as a scone. It is a form of flat cake, baked on a griddle and popular in Scotland. Generally made of oatmeal, it takes the form of a large oatcake. However, this meaning is not universal and some Scots use the term to refer to a wheat flour cake similar to a large thin scone.
Scottish bannock is also quite popular in eastern Canada, especially in the Atlantic provinces.
The oldest and certainly the most famous of all bannocks is The Selkirk Bannock, The first bannock is said to have been made by a Robbie Douglas who opened his shop in Selkirk in 1859. When Queen Victoria visited Sir Walter Scott's granddaughter at Abbotsford, she is said to have refused all else with her tea save a slice of the cake - ensuring that the bannock's reputation was enshrined forever.