Not liking the ButterMilk (Bonnag)

In the 1800′s people on the Isle of Man ate a bread called Bonnag.
It’s a simple, yet tasty bread. It had to be simple really – there weren’t a lot of kitchen conveniences on the Island in the 1800′s.

It’s made with buttermilk though.
Apparently the Manx farmer families would drink Buttermilk straight.
Wanting to make some Bonnag sometime soon I bought some Buttermilk and tried it.. straight…as soon as I got home. I don’t know how ‘my people’ did it! it’s sooo rank tasting!

Bonnag is still great stuff though. Here are the ingredients as per

Measures or equivalents

  • 1 tsp = 5g or 1/8 oz;
  • 1 tbsp = 15g or ½oz
  • 4oz = 100g = ½cup (flour)

‘Basic’ Bonnag

  • 1 lb flour
  • 1 oz fat (or 2 oz)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • fruit and sugar if liked
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar rubbed in with flour and fat

Dissolve soda in sour milk Then mix and bake in moderate oven.

1 Comment so far »

  1. Jennifer Landefeld said

    am December 14 2008 @ 11:07 pm

    Acquired tastes. (-;

    When I spent time in Germany I lived across the street from a dairy. We had raw milk available every morning with breakfast. Though both of my folks had grown up on farms, and likely had raw milk, I never did as a kid. That was definitely hard to get used to in the mornings. I’d grown up on homogenized milk and raw milk is absolutely nothing like it.

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