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2 Ingredient Emergency Bread (No Yeast, Eggs, Butter or Oil)

This very easy bread recipe is great when you are in need of bread and don’t have a lot of time. The bread can be made with ingredients you likely already have on hand. It’s just 2 ingredients and doesn’t need yeast, eggs, butter or oil. This bread has a texture similar to traditional yeasted bread but doesn’t require any yeast, kneading or rising.
a sliced loaf of bread.

This bread is the easiest bread I’ve ever made. I call this emergency bread because it can be made with basic pantry ingredients and is ready in a very short amount of time. The bread comes out crusty and soft and is perfect for making sandwiches, dipping in soup, or eating with your favorite spread.


  • Self-Rising Flour
  • Soda (or sparkling juice)

Self-Rising Flour: Self-rising flour is all purpose flour that is already mixed with baking powder and salt. It saves a few extra steps so I like to have self-rising flour in my pantry. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can make your own by mixing together all purpose flour, baking powder and salt.

Soda: You can use almost any carbonated beverage, so most soda flavors will work along with sparkling juices. I’ve made this with cola, ginger ale and sparkling apple juice. The bread flavor and color will vary depending on the soda you choose. I don’t recommend using carbonated water. While it will technically work, the bread crust is floury and the bread doesn’t have any flavor. My favorite versions were sparkling apple juice and ginger ale.
a loaf of bread with three pieces sliced off.

Bread Taste

Even though the bread is made with soda, it won’t really taste like the soda. The carbonated beverage does a few things: it helps the bread rise and it gives the bread color and flavor. Even plain bread usually contains a little sugar to give it a more complex flavor. Similarly, using the soda adds just a little sugar to make the bread taste better but the bread isn’t very sweet.

  • Sparkling Apple Juice: This was my favorite version. It helps give the crust of the bread a nice light brown color. You don’t taste the apples but there is just enough sugar to give the bread a more well-rounded plain bread flavor.
  • Ginger Ale: The ginger ale version was similar to the sparkling apple juice version. No ginger flavor, slightly paler crust, but an overall good plain bread flavor.
  • Coke: Coke will make the overall color of the bread light brown, almost like wheat bread. There is also a slightly more sweet flavor to the bread. It doesn’t really taste like coke but it was just a little too much sweetness added to the bread that made the flavor unusual for me.
  • Carbonated Water: While this works, I don’t recommend it. Without any sugar, the top of the bread stays very pale and has an almost floury crust. The bread also has almost no flavor to it.

How to Make 2 Ingredient Bread

Add the soda to the self-rising flour and mix in until no flour lumps remain. The batter will look like a very wet bread dough. The dough is then ready to be baked.
bread dough in a mixing bowl.

Bread Texture

When this bread is eaten soon after it is baked, it has a crusty exterior and soft interior. It’s great with butter or your favorite spread. This bread can also be used for sandwiches.
a stack of five slices of bread.

More Easy Bread Recipes

2 Ingredient Emergency Bread

Servings: 12 slices
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
This super easy bread is perfect when you are in need of a quick and easy bread recipe. It is just 2 ingredients and doesn't require yeast, eggs, butter or oil.
4.80 from 20 votes


  • 3 cups (375 g) self-rising flour
  • 1 ¼ cups (296 ml) soda or sparkling juice


  • Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add flour and soda to a large mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk or spatula until no flour lumps remain. Your mixture should resemble a very wet dough. See photo in post for reference.
  • Pour dough into prepared loaf pan. Use a spatula to spread the dough across your pan.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes or until top is lightly browned and when you apply pressure to the surface, it should bounce back. Let bread cool before slicing and serving.


  • To make your own self-rising flour, add 3 cups all purpose flour, 4.5 tsp baking powder and 3/4 tsp salt to a bowl. Whisk until evenly combined.
  • I used Lily's self-rising flour*
  • I used this loaf pan.*
  • *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.
  • The flavor and color of your bread will vary depending on the soda you choose. See post for more details. My favorite versions were Martinelli's sparkling apple juice and Canada Dry ginger ale.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 350mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 3g, NET CARBS: 26g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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140 comments on “2 Ingredient Emergency Bread (No Yeast, Eggs, Butter or Oil)”

  1. I tried this recipe. It didn’t turn out well. The bread was like a soft pudding in texture. I made my all purpose flour according to the instructions in the recipe.

  2. Will beer work as the carbonated liquid in this recipe?

  3. Love this! I’m not usually a bread eater but this is pretty palatable. Thank you for sharing!!

  4. How long will the bread stay fresh? Can it be frozen?

  5. Jacki
    You stated no carbonated water, but coke and ginger ale contain carbonated water.
    I want to bake this emergency bread, but your information is very confusing.

    • We discuss this in the post – we don’t recommend using carbonated water, but carbonated flavored drinks are fine. You can learn more under the Ingredients section.

  6. Thank you for the recipe. My husband I gluten free and my foster granddaughter is soy and milk free so I can’t wait to try it out!

  7. Can you make this bread in a bread machine? And would you put it on quick bread or rising? 

  8. Oops I forgot to say the alcohol cooks off  so no worries about getting tipsy

  9. I have used this recipe for years with Beer !!! It always turns out great and is a perfect fall football favorite.

  10. I’m confused I followed the recipe 3 cups self rising flour and 1 and 1/4cup ginger ale..the dough was very dry…did I get the amounts wrong..I added more liquid…did I get the amounts wrong..its baking now…will see what happens

  11. I am excited to try this recipe using Gluten-Free flour (since I am both Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free). Thank you for your recipes.

  12. I actually used black cherry sparkling water, 1 can, and it’s very good. It made a 1 1/2 pound loaf and it’s very filling.

  13. Thanks. Love to read recipes and try baking.

  14. Making this in a few minutes with the ginger ale.

  15. I can’t believe that bread can be made in less than an hour! I tried this recipe with apple cider and I do like the taste. I had a challenge with getting the bread shaped, so mine looked like a rock instead of bread. =/ I’m not a great chef or baker so I am certain that was my issue! I feel that if you eat this bread in a single slice with just butter or jam or both, this bread recipe is five out of five! However, I give it four out of five when served as a sandwich. The crust was too crumbly while the inside rather moist, so the sandwiches fell apart slightly. I think the next time I try this recipe, I will wait longer for it to cool more, before preparing as a sandwich, maybe that will help. So on average, 4.5 out of 5! Thank you again, Kirbie, for a fun and simple recipe!

    • Did you bake the bread in a loaf pan? You shouldn’t need to shape it. I’m glad you liked the bread. Some of the texture issues you had for making it into sandwiches may be because you didn’t bake it as a loaf.

  16. Can I make with baking soda add butter milk.

  17. Can one use chick pea flour

  18. With the price of bread it’s worth making it yourself. Awesome thanks ?

  19. This would be great to store the flour in a mason jar and seal it. Print the recipe on a sticker label and apply to the jar or tie it onto the jar with twine and a recipe card!!!! Thanks for sharing this!!!!!

  20. Outstanding! Excellent crumb and texture. I just added about 2 tablespoonsful of olive oil to the dough and drizzled about one tablespoonful of olive oil on top before putting in oven and baked as directed, but about 5 to 6 minutes less. Came out great and also makes great toast. (Note: I used room temperature ginger ale).

  21. Can this be made in an air fryer?

  22. Wow amazing it’s really works.

  23. Diet soda or seltzer water???

  24. It looks nice and delicious .

  25. These recipes sound awesome and I love easy recipes.

  26. Can sugar free drinks be used?

    • We haven’t tried them, but a sugar free soda should work.

      • Hi first of all, was surprised by the result. For what it is and how little time it took, I had a decent loaf of bread with even rise and a good crust.

        Note that I adjusted the ingredients for 355ml of flavoured ginger ale, added 2tsp of sugar and used a 9×5.

        Tastes good warm, we’ll see if it holds up cold or toasted. Next I’ll try this shaped into little dinner rolls. Yummy!

      • Thanks for letting us know!

  27. 3 cups of flour to 1 1/4 cup liquid does not work out to be a wet dough. No way. 

  28. Ok. You’ve got my curiosity up. How necessary is the carbonation for this to work? I’m intrigued by the thought of using juice to add sugar and liquid all in one. I suspect the added acid is needed? As someone who has juices on hand but not necessarily sparkling juices, I’m curious what I would need to do to adapt the recipe. Bear in mind that I keep regular unbleached and whole wheat flour, but not self rising. So, I’m already adding the baking power and/ or baking soda (which could be used with lower acid juice, if needed). I’m wondering most about using either lemonade or cranberry juice. Or, lemon or lime juice, if a stronger acid is needed. Or even vinegar?

    • The soda helps the bread rise along with the baking powder in the flour. Without it, the bread won’t rise as much and will be dense.

  29. I am low salt. I have no salt baking soda and baking powder. Will these work in place of self rising flour? Or can I use yeast?

  30. You post is terrific!

  31. Hi! I love this simple recipe!

    I tried it using sparkling white grape juice and it is delicious! Pretty dense, with crust and texture along the lines of a French baguette, and with a slight sweet flavor. Not too sweet.

    I also baked a mini loaf in a solar cooker. Hey, in case of emergency. It worked pretty well there too. The flavor was just as good, but not as pretty. Kinda pale but I think that’s just the solar cooker. It was able to get about 250 F for 90 minutes. Internal temp got to 195 F so I called it done.
    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for sharing this great little recipe. Thank you!