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.
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.
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.
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.
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2 Ingredient Emergency Bread
- 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.
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.