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Seneca Ghost Bread

Seneca Ghost Bread

This is a vegan optional recipe.

Fried breads are part of the cuisine of many Native American tribes. Ghost bread seems to have gotten its name as it was used in ceremonies for the dead. This Seneca version is still served at pow wows in Seneca reservations.

Originally, the bread probably was made from very fine corn flour, salt and water and cooked over a fire, but with time it evolved into the recipe below. When cooked, it resembles a flat biscuit and it was quite good with fake butter or honey mustard, though I'm sure you can eat it with everything else. I made it both with and without dry milk, and both versions were good. I'm sure I'll make it again when we need a quick snack.


Seneca Ghost Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dry milk (optional)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup shortening or lard


In a large bowl, combine the flour, dry milk (if using), baking powder and salt. Add water and mix well. Divide the dough into four equal parts and shape with your hands into four pancakes.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the shortening and melt. Add pancakes to the skillet and cook until golden brown, turn and repeat.

Adapted from Chuck's recipe at

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