Super Easy Survival Bread

February 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Homesteading

Like all things survival you need to LIVE IT day to day, not just stick it in a closet and hope you never have to use it! If you’re storing wheat and all hell breaks loose….what do you do? Bake bread of course! But do you know how?

If you are new to baking your own bread it can seem like a daunting task but it really isn’t.  You don’t need yeast, sugar, baking soda, or really anything but flour and water. Everything else is optional. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started.

Super Easy Survival Bread (SESB)

Homemade bread


1 cup of fine whole wheat flour (buy from store or grind your own)
2 tbsp. of olive oil (optional, also regular vegetable oil works too)
1 tsp. salt (optional, add more or less to taste)
1/2 cup of water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and scoop it togther into a ball. Lightly dust a cookie sheet, rock, or other flat surface with flour. Pour the dough ball out and knead for 5 mins. Roll out to about 1/8″ thin and bake at 350F for 20 mins.

Powers out? No oven? Put it in a dutch oven instead and cook it over a fire. No dutch oven? Throw it on a heated flat rock – or even in the ashes if you don’t mind some grit and charcoal flavoring - and flip it a couple of times till lightly brown and firm.

This will serve about 3-4 people if eaten as a side with a meal, or make about 2 sandwiches. The below nutritional info is for the entire loaf.

Nutritional info without olive oil



Nutritional info with olive oil



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7 Comments on "Super Easy Survival Bread"

  1. Elle Bell on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:45 am 

    For those in the Southwest we have a great resource for making flour from the mesquite tree that grows here wild. The flour is made from roasted or dried pods and is sweet and smoky. Here’s a link for more information.

  2. Marie on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:04 pm 

    Thanks for posting this recipe–I have linked to it on my blog! It looks like it fits its name and is super easy, and I appreciate the inclusion of alternative cooking methods.

  3. The Make Ahead Cook - Water Rolls Uphill on Sat, 19th Jan 2013 2:15 pm 

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  4. jan jones on Thu, 21st Mar 2013 8:33 pm 

    i really want to try this with no yeast or baking powder, and no rising time? incredible!

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  6. chris mohr maitland on Tue, 12th Nov 2013 10:42 am 

    I saw a video and tried it where the guy carried ziplock baggies of premeasured mixs, ie bannock, and others. Add the water and oil and mix the stuff in the bag and knead it, if the right mix of water and flour it doesnt stick in the bag or hardly any. can even use the bag to A. roll /pat it out on or b. put on top and pat/roll it out.

  7. Sean Egg on Sun, 17th Nov 2013 8:57 pm 

    Put some baking powder in there and you got bannock. And a way fluffier meal.

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