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No Yeast Bread

This no yeast emergency bread can be made with just a few pantry staple ingredients. It’s an easy bread that doesn’t require yeast, proofing, eggs or dairy. The rustic bread is great for when you need bread in a hurry.
photo of a loaf of bread

It’s been a crazy few days. I’ve been coping with all the uncertainty by doing a lot of baking. But I have been trying to bake with mainly pantry staples so I can conserve my eggs and dairy and avoid having to go out to the grocery store.

I came across a few emergency bread recipes. It doesn’t require any yeast or proofing. It’s quick and easy. It’s not going to be the best bread you’ll ever make, but it is fresh bread. The bread has a rustic crusty exterior and is quite delicious eaten warm with some butter.
overhead photo of a no yeast bread

Ingredients

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • water
  • vegetable oil (or melted butter)

Baking Tips

  • This bread will be quite pale when finished. It will turn a light tan color around the edges but it will still look underbaked even when it is finished because of how pale it is.
  • Do not make the dough too thick, otherwise it will not bake all the way through. The dough should be a round disc that is no more than 1.5 inches thick.
  • Bake the bread on a pizza stone or something similar to help it develop a nice crust.

Using Water Instead of Milk

Most of the recipes I came across used milk as the liquid. But I wanted to see if I could make it without milk. If you have milk to spare, then you can use milk and it will make the bread slightly fluffier and make it more fragrant. However, I found that water and a little oil also worked. If you have butter to spare, I recommend melted butter with water. But I also made the bread with water and vegetable oil.
close-up photo of the top of the loaf

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Recipe updated with video. You can also find all my videos on my youtube channel.


photo of sliced no yeast bread

No Yeast Bread

Servings: 12 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
A quick and easy bread recipe for when you need bread in a hurry.
5 from 18 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 310 ml water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly flour a pizza stone.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt. Whisk until evenly combined. Add in water and vegetable oil.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients using a spoon until wet ingredients are absorbed. Use your hands to knead dough a few times until it comes together and has a uniform consistency.
  • Shape the dough into a round disc that is no more than 1 ½ inches thick. Place dough onto floured pizza stone. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the dough, cutting an "X" that is about ¾ inches deep.
  • Place bread into oven and bake 35-40 minutes, or until bread is done. Bread will turn slightly brown on the surface but will remain quite pale and still look undone since this is not a traditional bread. To check for doneness, tap the bottom of the loaf and it should sound hollow. Slice bread and serve warm with butter or use bread for sandwiches.

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Notes

  • Adapted from Fuss Free Flavors
  • Instead of water and oil, you can also make this bread with milk. If using milk, you do not need to add the oil or butter but you will need to add slightly more than 310 ml of liquid.
  • Make sure the dough is not more than 1 1/2 inches thick, otherwise it will not bake all the way through. 

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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116 comments on “No Yeast Bread”

  1. This is very similar to soda bread! And how fitting for you to share it on St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

  2. Thank you! You can’t find a loaf of bread anywhere. I am going to try making this one today. Stay safe.

  3. Do you use US cups or English cups? Theres a difference in quantity

  4. What to use to substitute pizza stone?

    • You can try a regular baking pan but the bottom won’t crisp up

    • i just used a baking pan and it cooked well and tasted much better than i expected.

    • I used a clay caserole dish as it was the only round dish that I own which is higher than 2 inches? came out lovely and crispy. Also, if you’re like me and love a good crunch drizzle a tiiiny bit of olive oil on the top of the dough before you put it in the oven. 

  5. My store only had self rising flour. Do you know how to make this bread with that? My store was also out of yeast, eggs, and bread. ???

  6. This is just like a big baking powder biscuit. Cool.

  7. I’m a Family of five and find this recipe absolutely a lifesaver thank you very much 

  8. Can you use whole wheat flour in place of all purpose flour? Any changes needed for that?

    • I have not tested with wheat flour, but I think you would need to make other adjustments

      • I did make this bread with 1/3 whole wheat and 2/3 white flour. I had to add a bit more water (tablespoon at a time) to the dough and it turned out very good!

      • thanks for sharing your experience! good to know it works with part wheat flour!

  9. This is basically a giant biscuit without the butter. You could literally use baking mix like Bisquick if you’ve got it. Great idea for rationing ingredients right now. Thanks for sharing this! ??

  10. Love it! Turned out great!!!

  11. I liked this recipe, and bread rose very well. For some reason it came a little salty in taste…can I remove the salt completely next time? Or is it the baking soda that gave it this taste? Here in Malta we are also staying indoors and I’m trying to learn how to make bread with minimum ingredients.

  12. Is it small cups 

  13. Mine didn’t really rise at all! Maybe my baking powder is old, what do you think? 

  14. I Love this so much! Of course none of us can find yeast right now so this was fantastic timing. The salt was perfection to me…just right. Thank you so much.

  15. What does ml convert to in U.S.measurement?

  16. Thank you so much for this! I made it for the first time a few days ago and it came out so great! I’m allergic to yeast and dairy, so it was the perfect recipe for me (:

  17. Thank you for this quick and easy recipe! Just tried it and my bread is lovely and soft, great with cheese! ?

  18. Can you use gluten free flour?

  19. I just got done making this in a loaf pan (I don’t own a pizza stone). It came out really well! It’s basically a big biscuit, but I’m fine with that!

  20. Awesome!!! Do you know if I can use the breadmaker and if yes…what setting..Thanks so much!!

  21. Hi,
     wanting to make this tomorrow can you use a normal pizza tray with small holes in it?

    • You probably don’t want to use anything with holes at the bottom because the dough will go into the holes while it bakes. Try using a regular baking pan if you don’t have a pizza stone.

  22. My bread looks very very pale. Where did u go wrong? Should I leave it in the oven for longer?

    • the bread will definitely be paler than your traditional bread. You can leave it in the oven longer until it browns more. To check if the bread is done, flip it over and tap the bottom side and it should sound almost hollow.

  23. Hi, this is great to find a recipe using my limited ingredients! Can you confirm it doesn’t need to spend any time proving, because of the lack of yeast? Thank you!

  24. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!!  Everyone gave it a 5 star!  Bread is short in the stores now and my husband loves his bread and he gave this a 5 star rating.
    Thanks again for this recipe.

  25. Please specify the ml to cups.
    Thank you!

  26.  Can you use gluten free flour.

  27. Hi, can you make it in a bread maker?

  28. This bread was so wonderful! I used a baking sheet (shoutout to the commenters who did that), and it turned out fine. Thanks for your instructions and putting this recipe out there.

  29. Can you use a stand mixer with dough hook

    • You don’t need to. The bread comes together very quickly and does not need to be kneaded as much as traditional bread

  30. Thankyou so much for this Recipe, it is delicious, I put a sprinkle of Garlic powder black pepper and paprika into the mixture and it was lovely buttered

  31. Very good! first attempt at making bread too

  32. THANKYOU, Kirbie, for your modifications and sharing your goodness!

  33. Hello, this looks like a fabulous recipe for these times when you’re pressed for time to feed your family.
    I was wondering if you could bake this bread on regular loaf pans.
    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe.
    Stay healthy and safe.
    Hugs.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  34. easy to make and good

  35. When I mixed the dough together it was very dry. Is it ok to add water little by little until it comes together?  

  36. Mine doesn’t seem to rise! Tried it twice with different flour. Any ideas. I am a total novice. 

  37. Hi
    Really grateful for the recipe – son has decided to go sugar & yeast free during ‘lockdown’!
    We’re loving this bread – great for us all!
    Couldnt be simpler to make – fab.
    I did the self raising version this time.
    Thank you!
    Will also be experimenting with it.

  38. This was a quick easy and tasty recipe for quarantine. I used water and butter. The bread didn’t rise much at all, but it was still tasty, just a little dense, which I was expecting. I topped it with a homemade everything bagel seasoning. I recommend adding garlic powder in the beginning to the dry ingredients, and topping the bread with corse sea salt or another seasoning. Overall, a it was a nice rustic recipe for a time when many ingredients are sparse. 

  39. This sounds a great bread recipe. I want to try it with milk to get a softer bread as my mum is too elderly to cope with crusty bread. We only use semi-skimmed milk. Will that work ok? Would baking it in a loaf tin reduce the crustiness?

    Thanks.

  40. I just got into baking and such and with all the stores in my area out of yeast, this was amazing! I had tried a few recipes before hand and they were decently flavored but really solid and didn’t have good crusts. Made this one and it was a bit raw but thats just a timing issue. I took it out at thirty-five minutes and the very center was still a tad undercooked, but I know for the definite next time to leave it for forty! This was the only recipe that smelled really good while baking, and even drew family out of their rooms asking what it was! Was very filling and tasted amazing! Plan to use this recipe for “buns” and even some bread spiced with herbs! Would definitely recommend to anybody who wants some delicious bread. Only issue was I needed a bit more water than called for in the recipe for all the flour to mix and stay together as it was quite flakey. Thank you alot for sharing this recipe! Hope you and your loved ones are doing well, and you have a great day!

    • I’m glad it worked out for you. Some ovens will take a bit longer. I’m glad you figured out how much time you need for next time though

  41. So easy to make, but mine came out a little heavy? Where did I go wrong?

  42. Hi Kirby – just made my 5th one of these since lockdown – it is a lifesaver this recipe and so easy! Nice as part of a british ‘Ploughmans Lunch’ with Somerset Cheddar and tomato chutney especially when still warm. I will be trying some of your other recipes too. Thank you!

  43. I tried this recipe for my daughter who is super fussy and allergic to yeast, this was a life saver. She has missed bread (especially toast) so much. So thanks from a delighted 9 year old and her slightly older mum ?

  44. Just made this for a simple supper of salad, tilapia and this bread. It is AWESOME!
    I substituted 1 cup of almond flour and 1 cup flaxseed mealbwith the 4 cups all purpose flour and fliured with flaxseed meal and a rub of bacon grease.

    It was PERFECT!

  45. That was delicious! I did half the recipe. Just like you said it was pale. Edges were crisp. Ended up using a square pan. Only pan available at the time. Dipped slices in melted unsalted butter. Added italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper & onion salt to it. Very fast, convenient and inexpensive to make. Light & yummy. Thanks!

  46. I tired your no yeast bread, and we loved it. I did drizzle with olive oil like one person suggested in their comments. Yum!!!

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