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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 22 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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136 comments on “No Yeast Bread”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. easy to make and good

  8. 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.

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

  10. Very good! first attempt at making bread too

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

  15.  Can you use gluten free flour.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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