How to Make Bread with just Flour and Water

Waking up to the fantastic smell of fresh bread is such a great pleasure. You can achieve this by only using flour and water. This article is featuring some great recipe with the most basic duo of ingredients. The recipes are simple, cheap and very easy to make at your home.

How to make bread with just flour and water:

Easy flour tortillas

It is a healthy way to make homemade tortillas. They are soft, chewy and do not crack when stuffed. It is a no fat and no additive recipe. They puff well when cooking. You can serve them with grilled meat. This recipe is by Carine, and you can get on her food blog Sweet as Honey. Some rules to make the best tortillas are;

  • Use lukewarm water. Do not use cold water.
  • Use a pancake pan.
  • Before adding the tortillas, ensure the pan is hot.
  • Do not add oil in the pan.
  • Use all-purpose flour.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

The ingredients to use to make the easy flour tortillas include;

  • 2 cups of white flour
  • ¾ cups of lukewarm water

Instructions on how to prepare these tortillas;

  • Add flour in a mixing bowl, then add lukewarm water while you knead.
  • Continue adding the water until it forms an elastic white dough ball.
  • Depending on the flour absorption add more water or more flour to form a dough ball.
  • Divide the dough ball into four small balls.
  • Roll the balls on a hard surface with some flour until they are flat
  • Warm the pan for about 90 seconds and do not oil it.
  • Place the tortilla on the pan and cook for about 90 seconds and then flip the other side for 90 seconds. Use a spatula to pressure the middle to help them puff.
  • Do that for all the tortillas.

Colin’s flatbread

This traditional flatbread is easy to make and tasty. This recipe can serve about three people. It is by ColinP, and you can find on Allrecipes.

Ingredients for this flatbread are;

  • Any amount of plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Instructions on how to make this bread are;

  • In a bowl, place flour, some water and salt and stir until it comes together in a dough. Add more flour if too sticky or water if too thick
  • Knead the dough. Add more flour if it is too sticky.
  • On a metal tray, pat the dough flat on it.
  • Put the tray on the stove and heat to a high temperature.

Quick flatbreads

This recipe is great when you serve it soft and fresh either alone or with stew or soups. It is by Jo Ingleby. With this recipe, you can make between 4-6 flatbreads. You can click here for more information on this recipe.

Preparation time: less than 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10-30 minutes

The ingredients to make this flatbread are;

  • 200g plain or wholemeal flour
  • ¼ teaspoons of salt
  • 100 ml of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil and extra for cooking

Instructions for making the bread are;

  • In a bowl, place flour and salt and trickle some water.
  • Mix water and flour
  • Add oil and knead the dough. You can add some flour if too sticky and water if dry.
  • Knead for five minutes. Do it in a bowl or on a clean surface.
  • Cook straight away or leave the dough for half an hour.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls depending on the size of the frying pan.
  • Roll the balls on a clean surface.
  • Heat your pan and rub some oil on its surfaces. Cook each side for about two minutes. They will have a lighter colour and some brown spots.
  • After cooking, keep them warm by wrapping in a foil or a tea towel.

Some recipe tips for this recipe are;

You can roll them out and freeze in a stack. You will need some greaseproof paper between them, so they do not stick.

Omani bread (khubz)

This bread is delicious and different. Its dough needs to sticky or wet like pancake batter. It results in a  bread that is thin and lovely. You can eat the bread with some beaten rice dish, madrouba. You can serve it for breakfast with cheese and eggs. It is delicious with anything. This recipe can make about six pieces of this bread. This bread is by Darlene at International cuisine.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 2 minutes

Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients you require to make this bread are;

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Instructions in preparing this bread are;

  • Mix the flour and salt and then add water slowly.
  • If making the dough to cook by placing it on the hot griddle with your palms, make it very sticky.
  • But if making it to pour and spread, it needs to be thin so add more water to combine well.
  • Heat the hot skillet to medium-high heat.
  • After making a circle with the dough, when the bread crisps on the bottom use a scraper to loosen and remove it.
  • Serve warm

Maori bread

It is a traditional Maori recipe. The bread has a doughnut texture. This recipe is by JuliettevanSon, and it is available on Allrecipes.

Ingredients for the Maori rice are;

  • 3 ½ cups of self-rising flour
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • Coldwater
  • Oil

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Instructions on how to make this bread are;

  • Measure flour in a bowl and add water. The dough needs to be soft so you can add more water. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Turn the dough out on a surface with some flour.
  • Then it into the sizes you desire. Place each in preheated hot oil and dry till they are golden both sides and double.

The recipe tip for making this bread is;

Do not over mix as this will cause them to become stiff and flat.

Roti recipe

It is a flatbread which most people usually serve with Indian, Thai or Malaysian food. It is a traditional recipe which is easy to follow and make. It is quick and straightforward and delicious. You should serve it with curries instead of rice. This recipe is by Nichola Palmer.

The ingredients to make Roti recipe are;

  • 225g of plain flour either white or wholemeal
  • Water
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil + extra to grease the pan.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Instructions on the preparation of this recipe;

  • In a bowl, place flour, salt and oil. Then add water. The dough needs to be soft so you can add more water if it is dry and if it is too wet, add some flour.
  • Turn the dough on a surface with some flour and knead until it is smooth. Cover the dough with a cling film. Let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Then divide the dough into six equal pieces and roll them.
  • Heat the pan until it is hot. Grease it with some oil and place a roti in the pan. Cook for a minute or two and when it starts to puff, and it turns brown, flip the other side.
  • Keep the roti in a clean tea towel as you continue to cook the rest.

Tips for making this bread recipe are;

  • Serve roti with Indian chutneys and pickles.

The homemade matzah recipe

This homemade recipe is perfect for any time and any occasion. It is quick to make. It has a great taste. You can pair with olive oil and salt for a savoury snack. This recipe is by Elaine, and you can find more details on her blog, food parsed.

Ingredients in making the bread are;

  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1cup of flour + 2 tablespoons for rolling

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Instructions on preparing the bread are;

  • It starts with putting a baking sheet in the oven and preheating it to 475 degrees.
  • Prepare the working surface with flour, rolling pin and fork.
  • If you are keeping kosher, set the timer to between 16-18 minutes and then start it.
  • Mix the flour and water and knead until the dough is smooth.
  • Dive the dough into four balls and roll them out.
  • Pierce each bread with the fork about 25 times on both sides to prevent rising.
  • Five minutes remaining on the timer, remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  • Place the slices of bread on the baking sheet.
  • Bake and flip over the pieces of bread until they are brown and crisp.

Wrapping up with Easy ways to make bread

You can produce excellent bread with just water and flour. They have great taste compared to commercially produced bread. Most of the recipes for making such bread are very simple, and anyone can try them with these simple ingredients.