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Cowboy Bread Recipe

Cowboy Bread

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"Similar to pita breads, this is a round fried bread which supposedly traces its origins back to the great American West."

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Original recipe makes 8 pieces of bread Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the water, milk, and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top, and let stand for 5 minutes to dissolve.
  2. Stir the egg and butter into the yeast mixture, then stir in the salt, nutmeg, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix until everything is well blended. Mix in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for 10 minutes (no cheating!). Place dough into a greased bowl, and let rise until doubled in size.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 balls, and let rest for another 20 minutes. Roll each ball out to 8 to 10 inches in diameter.
  4. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry each of the pieces of bread fro 30 to 60 seconds on each side, or until light to medium brown spots appear. Keep covered with a damp cloth, or store in a plastic bag until serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 03, 2007

This is THE BEST!! I am proud to tell you that I was able to convert this to a bread machine recipe (okay, if that isn't truly a big deal, please don't burst my bubble, my nickname in high school was blonde roots). I put the water, milk, sugar and melted butter in the machine first, then stirred in the yeast and let it all sit for 5 minutes. I then piled the rest in as directed BUT I DID increase salt to a teaspoon and I DECREASED THE FLOUR to 3 1/3 cups. I set the machine on the dough cycle and let it go! When it was done, I put the dough in an oiled bowl and let it kinda rise again. I followed the recipe the rest of the way as written. It does taste a LOT like Pita and it is soooo good!! THANK YOU!!!! ***Added 7/3/2007, this recipe has been a family favorite. This is one bread that my kids actually bargain with me to make:). The ONLY thing I do different is I use my Wolfgang Puck Bistro Grill and fry this bread in a bigger batch. Thanks for giving my family something to reminisce about:).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 08, 2006

Unfortunately, this hardly turned out the way I thought although I followed the recipe exactly. It tasted like Indian Bhatoore. The taste was fine but not like pita bread. I baked these in the oven and my husband found them better that way, at least saved on oil calories.


23 Ratings

Apr 14, 2003

This bread turns out almost identical to pita.It is extremely easy to make, but takes about a day to double in size. I reccomend spices or add-ins, for it is rather plain (but nummy!). Make sure not to roll it out too thin -- soft tastes great!

Apr 14, 2003

You just have to try 'em!

Nov 08, 2010

This is a fantastic recipe, I've used several different recipes for flatbread, and this is by far the easiest I've ever used. I made a few of these with different additions, such as sun dried tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon&sugar and cranberries.

Jun 26, 2007

Very nice, clearly written recipe. The end result was similar to Syrian bread. The dough was very easy with which to work, and the stove top cooking was much less cumbersome oven baking. The bread itself can be used in a variety of applications. The recipe is a "find" and I will be using it often. Thank you, Kasienko

Jul 24, 2005

Kinda like pita bread, except I couldn't get it to cut like pita. A little oily but very good all the same. This will go bad pretty fast if you don't keep it in the fridge.

Jul 28, 2008

An awesome recipe. I've had it for years and its never a let down.


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  • Calories
  • 278 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 113 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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