My friend eats uncooked pasta. I tried it, and it's not that bad. In general, combining flour and water makes palatable and filling food. Inspired, I've decided to make a series of recipes using only two ingredients: flour and water.
The recipes differ in the ratio of flour to water, which results in different textures. Clearly, recipes made with only flour and water do not have that much flavor and should ideally be eaten with something else.
Provided that you don't burn anything, even the worst case scenarios should be edible.
- Undercooking a recipe: The recipe may taste a bit pasty.
- Adding too much liquid: The recipe will have a softer texture and may taste like very soft pasta.
- Adding too little liquid: The recipe will be drier. In the unlikely event you end up with something like hardtack, crush it up and serve with soup.
- Flour: I use all-purpose flour. Substituting self-raising flour may give you fluffier results. Substituting other types of flour (whole wheat, spelt, oat) should also work, but the consistency may be different.
- Water: I use room temperature tap water. If adding rich ingredients, make sure to keep the total amount of liquid constant.
Quantities are given based on 1/2 cup of flour.
- Milk: You can substitute milk for water. Any sort of milk, cow or vegan, will work.
- Eggs: Add up to 1 egg.
- Butter, oil: Add up to 1 tablespoon of melted butter or oil.
- Salt, sugar, spices: Add up to 1/8 teaspoon of coarse salt or any spice. Add up to 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Inspired by this list, here's a list of recipes that can be made with only flour and water. The list will be continually updated.
Flour porridge can be made using just flour, water, and a microwave. You can make a bowl of smooth and creamy porridge in under 2 minutes. Porridge usually contains milk and spices, so you can season to taste.
If you have a stove top, you should definitely try these simple vegan crepes. You don't need to mess with dough, and you can make a batch of fresh, soft pancakes in 10 minutes. Crepes usually contain butter, eggs, and milk, so adding any of the rich ingredients would work well.
Finally, tortillas that don't taste like cardboard! With homemade flour tortillas, you can easily transform a mishmash of ingredients into dinner. Try them with fluffy scrambled eggs and gooey cheese for an excellent breakfast burrito. You can add oil for a more authentic tortilla.
Homemade matzah is part tortilla, part cracker. Enjoy a batch of crisp, fresh flatbreads in under 20 minutes. Try them with olive oil and salt for more flavor.
Homemade crackers are chewy crisp and full of carby goodness. You can bake up a batch of these simple, snackable crackers and under 30 minutes. Feel free to customize the flavor by adding spices or oil.
Eggless pasta is a bit of a struggle to make by hand, but has better texture than store bought pasta. Making pasta is a great way to use up dough that's too hard. For a richer pasta, you can add eggs instead of water.
Homemade dumpling dough takes the dough for homemade crackers and uses it to envelope tasty fillings of your choice. You don't need any rich ingredients because the dumpling filling provides the flavor.
Hardtack is a very hard cracker that can last for years. In other words, it's an edible rock. I do not suggest making hardtack unless you are preparing for emergency situations.
You need flour, water, and yeast to make bread. Wild yeast exists on flour, so you can make bread with only flour and water by cultivating a sourdough starter. The resulting bread has a better texture and more complex flavor. Unfortunately, the process takes several days of monitoring. If you want to bake bread, buying commercial yeast would be far more convenient.
Recipes using mainly flour and water
These recipes primarily use flour and water, but require additional ingredients, which are mostly pantry staples.
Scallion pancakes are crispy, chewy tortillas with multiple flaky layers. Cut into wedges, scallion pancakes make the perfect appetizer. In addition to flour and water, you need oil, salt, and scallions, but you can leave out the scallions.