Beremeal Flour, 1.5kg, Barony Mills, Birsay, Orkney
Bere has been grown in Orkney for thousands of years, both for human and animal food. In the old days, it was called Bygg, and this is still the name given to barley in Norway. Although we call the meal beremeal, the crop is usually called corn in Orkney. It has been the staff of life in Orkney - in the form of bere bannocks and home brewed ale - since time immemorial. It is a variety of barley, although it differs in both appearance and taste. Generation after generation of Orcadians have been raised on bere bannocks.
Barony Mill's beremeal flour has an earthy nuttiness that gives it a unique flavour. It is currently classified as an endangered food and is a great product from our traditional Scottish larder.
Storage & Prep
Ingredients: Pure milled whole grain
Allergens: May contain traces of nuts and sesame seeds. Contains Gluten
Once open, store in an airtight tin.
Orkney Bere Bannocks
There are various recipes for baking bere bannocks, but the most common is probably something like this:
2 cups of beremeal
1 cup of plain flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
salt (if desired)
Mix thoroughly, add milk, water or buttermilk to make a stiff but soft dough, roll out on a floured (mixture of flour and beremeal) board to form the bannocks (this will make 2 or 3), then cook on a hot, ungreased girdle 5 minutes or so each side until both sides are browned and the middle is cooked. Practice will make perfect. Consume with copious amounts of ale (plus plenty of Orkney butter and cheese.)
12 oz. Self-raising flour
4 oz. Birsay beremeal
8 oz. Castor sugar
8 oz. Margarine
6 oz. Sultanas
A good pinch of salt
(1) Cream sugar and margarine.
(2) Sieve in flour and beremeal, add sultanas, egg and salt - mix well.
(3) Turn out on a floured board, kneed into a dough, roll out ½" and cut into biscuit shapes.
(4) Bake on greased tray placed on top oven shelf at 350°F/gas mark 4 for 16 minutes.
(5) Remove from tray and cool on rack - biscuit will crispen when cooled.
Meet the Producer: Barony Mills, Birsay,Orkney
The present Mill located at Birsay on Orkney, was built in 1873, and has changed little since. It is run by the Birsay Heritage Trust who have operated it since 1998. Like most northern mills of this period, a kiln for drying the grain is integral with the building. Unusually however, the grain, or corn, ground here is bere, an ancient form of barley which is tolerant of the cool temperatures and short growing season of Orkney.
The "Barony" is an area of good farmland in the northwest corner of Birsay near the Earl's Palace. The land here has been a prime estate of the rulers of Orkney since medieval times, and probably Viking times and earlier. The original name of the Mill was Barony; in the 1980s the Mill was called Boardhouse, a name that still occurs in the older guide books. Rae Phillips - whose father and grandfather were millers at the Barony Mills from 1910-1972 - worked with his father at the Mill from 1957 to 1963 and is now the miller himself.
Beremeal...a taste of the Isles
Beremeal is a special product. It is a creamy coloured ground flour that comes from a traditional grain called bere. Bere is an ancient and genetically pure variety of barley, grown in Scotland since around 2000BC but now grown only in the far north of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland and the Western Isles. It has an earthy, nutty flavour, is lower in gluten and historically has been used to bake bread, shortbread, biscuits and bannocks.
It is a grain that is becoming less and less popular commercially but, we love the flavour and are great believers that everyone should experience this amazing product. Beremeal is currently classified as an endangered food. This is why we are actively supporting the beremeal industry by stocking the flour, biscuits, oatcakes and shortbread made using this beautifully flavoured flour. If you fancy something a little more unusual, try this!
Beremeal from Barony Mills on Orkney is now available for UK wide delivery online at Fresh Food Express
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