Want to make bread but you don’t have any yeast? No problem – make my easy No Yeast Bread Recipe! This easy white bread is like a quick bread with no rise time but it tastes like the real thing.
I’ve made this recipe several times now and it is SO good, especially warm with butter. You’re going to love this recipe – you can even make it gluten free!
I am running dangerously low on yeast and there is none in the grocery store. If you’re in the same boat then THIS is the recipe for you.
Fresh bread and me go together like, well, bread and butter. I love having bread with every meal and homemade bread is the best EVER.
No Yeast White Bread is just like the real thing (it’s a bit denser than regular bread but has the same flavor and is a great substitute) but it’s way easier to make.
Why I love no yeast bread:
- No rising time!
- No proofing of yeast
- No kneading
- Bread, warm and in my belly, in under an hour.
You’re going to love it too!
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No Yeast Bread – Quick Bread?
It’s a quick bread only because it’s quick to make – just stir up the dough and bake. There’s nothing extra you need to do.
How to make bread without yeast
I didn’t think it was possible until I did some research! It turns out there is a substitute for yeast when you’re making bread. *mind blown*
Now, you need to know that the bread is slightly different than a fluffy traditional white bread. It’s a cross between the cake-like quick bread you’re used to and a regular yeasted bread. It’s fluffy but a bit denser and it has more of a plain flavor (white bread usually has that yeasty flavor we all love).
I love both kinds, and both yeasted and no yeast bread have their places in life, like when you want bread and you don’t have any yeast!
It turns out you can substitute yeast in a recipe with baking soda and vinegar.
What can be used instead of yeast?
Remember back to your volcano-making days: you fill the volcano with baking soda and add vinegar and the volcano explodes. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar (an acid) caused the frothy explosion.
The same thing happens in baked goods: baking soda is a leavener that requires an acid to activate it. (You can read all about baking soda here.)
By substituting the yeast with equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar, I was able to turn my homemade white bread into a no yeast bread.
Ingredients & Substitutions for bread without yeast
This recipe has all the normal bread ingredients, minus the yeast.
- All Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Buttermilk or milk/vinegar
Remember, the baking soda + acid is crucial for making this bread rise. You MUST use baking soda – no exceptions.
Buttermilk: buttermilk is sour milk, and that sourness is actually the acid the baking soda needs to rise. However, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute milk and vinegar. Use:
- ½ cup buttermilk, OR
- ½ cup milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
You can use regular or nonfat milk.
Oil: you can use canola, vegetable or olive oil.
Flour: for best results, use all-purpose flour. But you can substitute bread flour or Gluten Free 1 to 1 AP Flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill).
Simply mix all the ingredients in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer, then bake at 400°F for about 35-45 minutes.
You will know the bread is done when it’s golden and you test it with a toothpick. Stick the toothpick in the crack and it will come out with just a few crumbs sticking to it.
Storing and Serving No Yeast Bread
Like other homemade bread, this recipe won’t last more than 3 days because there are no preservatives. It’s best fresh and we love it warm slathered with butter!
Store it on the counter coated with plastic wrap. Or you can wrap it well and freeze it. Slice it first to make serving easy – freeze slices in sandwich bags!
This really is one of the best easy bread recipes. It might not be a traditional light and fluffy bread because it’s baking soda based bread, but it’s still just as good!
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No Yeast Bread Recipe
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup buttermilk see note
- 2 tablespoons oil vegetable or olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.
- Add the water, oil and buttermilk and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until thick and smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out almost clean from the center of the crack.
Buttermilk substitutions – you can use:
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup milk (regular or nonfat) + 1 teaspoon vinegar
- ½ cup milk (regular or nonfat) + 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
No Yeast Bread is an easy white bread recipe that’s a quick bread too! This bread tastes and feels like white bread but has no yeast so you can make it anytime. White bread in under an hour!
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Published on: April 1, 2020