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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


  • 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

More No Yeast Recipes

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 5 votes


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


  • 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.


  • 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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50 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?

  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. ???

    • Yes it should work with self rising flour but I have not tested it. If you try, omit the baking powder and salt in the recipe since it’s already in the flour

  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?

  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.

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