A Simple Skillet Bread Recipe

The Ask MOTHER column shares this simple skillet bread recipe, a few ingredients and a quick kneeding produce a bread in 15 minutes that is highly nutritious, delicious and a cinch to prepare.

| December 2001/January 2002

  • Simple skillet bread recipe
    It is true that Simple Bread may take a little getting used to, but I actually find it preferable to conventional loaves.

  • Simple skillet bread recipe

Make this simple skillet bread recipe in 15 minutes, its nutritious, tastes good and is easy to prepare. 

My mom tells stories of the best bread she's ever tasted, and it came from MOTHER EARTH NEWS sometime in 1980. She says I helped my dad make it while she was studying when she was in school at the University of Houston. 

I think it was just called Skillet Bread, something like a pita or nan. Do you have this recipe? 

Khajha Kirschner
Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Khajha, here is the recipe. The simple skillet bread recipe was called "Simple Bread" and ran in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS January 1980, Issue #61. The following is adapted from the original article written by Jerry Nelson.

Simple Bread is highly nutritious, good tasting, inexpensive and easy to prepare. Cooking it demands an average of only 15 minutes of labor a day.

Simple Skillet Bread Recipe

All you need to make a batch are:
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of soy flour
1/4 cup of brewers yeast
2/3 teaspoon of salt
1 1/3 cups of water

To begin making your batch of Simple Bread, combine dry ingredients, add water and work the batter around until the moisture is absorbed. Then put the ball of dough on a floured table and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes springy to the touch.

Pull off a piece of dough a little larger than a golf ball and roll it out into a 7- to 8-inch "tortilla." You should get about 12 flat cakes from the recipe. As you finish rolling each piece, place it on a dry, hot griddle or iron skillet.

If your cooking surface is the right temperature, the dough will form small bubbles in its surface after about a minute. In approximately 2 minutes, the underside will be brown in spots, and the bread will be ready to flip. When the other side is also brown, remove the finished bread with a spatula. You can vary the water content and cooking time to give your "loaves" the flexibility or crispness that suits your taste.

It is true that Simple Bread may take a little getting used to, but I actually find it preferable to conventional loaves.

As I tear into this economical, highly nutritious, easy-to-prepare staff of life, I always am reminded that Simple Bread is simply marvelous.

12/3/2018 9:28:59 PM

How can this skillet bread be made gluten-free?

12/3/2018 9:37:41 AM

Any flour may do, BUT! What's the purpose of soy flour? there might be something that soy flour does that regular flour can't/doesn't? It'd be nice if MENS monitored the comments, so someone could answer the question. Would White flour work, Would Almond flour, rice flour work? I wouldn't use anything Soy since it's GMO, but it'd be nice to know what it's use is.

12/16/2017 9:43:19 AM

I would think any flour might work as a substitute for soy flour. Some flours to experiment with: kamut, quinoa, and rice flours. “Bob’s Mill” has some of these as well as natural/organic stores.



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