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This simple no yeast bread recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious. It's a dense yet soft loaf with great flavor that slices easily and is perfect for dipping into soups and chilis or for making open-faced sandwiches. In only 1 hour and with 5 ingredients you can be slicing into a delicious loaf of bread.
We've been making variations of this bead recipe for years. Remember that whole wheat Irish soda bread recipe from way back in time? This recipe is based on that one. It's incredibly easy to make and loves different add-ins to keep it new and fresh each time. This cheese and herb version is our favorite.
Why we love this no yeast bread
- The flavor is nothing short of amazing. Sure, you could make plain no yeast bread. But why would you do that when you can add some grated cheddar cheese and a little Italian seasoning and you can have the best bread ever.
- See that golden brown crust all flecked with crispy cheese? That is pure joy.
- When you slice through that beautiful crust you'll find a dense yet soft crumb ready for you to slather in butter.
- But don't worry, it won't take much effort to enjoy this beauty.
- 5 staple ingredients + 1 hour of your time (mostly hands off!) and you can pull this out of the oven and pat your awesome self on the back.
How to make no yeast bread
No yeast bread is the most simple of all bread recipes. Here's a basic rundown of what you are going to do:
- Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Pour in some buttermilk and melted butter and mix well.
- Add any additional extras (like cheese and herbs) and mix again.
- Now all you have to do is push the dough into a ball, cut a little X on the top, then bake your bread for about 50 minutes.
What ingredients will I need for no yeast white bread
You'll need 5 ingredients to make this recipe:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda (do not sub baking powder!)
If you don't have buttermilk, you can mix 2 tablespoons of either lemon juice or white vinegar into 2 cups of milk and use that instead.
What baking pan should I use?
We generally reach for a Dutch oven for this recipe. It's best if you use parchment paper so you can easily lift the bread out of the hot pan once it's cooked. Other options include:
- A baking sheet
- A cast iron pan
- A round cake pan
No yeast bread variations
The plain version of this bread is delicious, but this is a really easy recipe to play with. Here are a few other ideas. Simply mix in one of these combinations:
- Cheddar cheese and herbs (try our Italian seasoning!)
- Chopped olives, feta cheese, rosemary
- Honey and oats
How long will no yeast bread last?
Because there are no preservatives in this bread recipe, it is best eaten the same day it is made. If you need to store it for more than a day, keep it in a sealed plastic bag. After the first day, it is best warmed up with some butter in a pan.
Does no yeast bread freeze well?
This bread freezes ok. It's best to slice it first then freeze it in a sealed bag. And plan on using it within 2 weeks. When you thaw it, you'll likely want to toast it in a pan with a little butter.
What to serve with this easy no yeast bread
This bread is great sliced thick and used for hearty open-faced sandwiches. But we love it best with soups, stews, and chilis. Here are a few of our favorite dunk worthy recipes:
Watch how easy it is to make no yeast bread!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups buttermilk (see notes)
- ¼ cup melted butter
Herb and Cheddar
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning (or favorite dried herbs)
Olive and Feta
- ½ cup chopped black olives
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 teaspoons rosemary
Oat and Honey
- ½ cup oats (save a few to sprinkle on top)
- ¼ cup honey
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. (Use a bowl that is bigger than what you see in the video!)4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Pour the buttermilk and butter into the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.2 cups buttermilk, ¼ cup melted butter
- Add the cheddar cheese and Italian seasoning and mix until they are incorporated. (You can skip this step for a plain version or add either the olive and feta or oat and honey variations.1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
- Dump the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and shape it into a ball with your hands. Using the parchment paper, lift the dough and place it into a pot. Score the top with a knife (this is so that the bread cooks properly), put the lid onto the pot, then bake for 45-55 minutes. When it's cooked, the crust will be golden brown and the bread will sound hollow if you knock on the top of it.
- Lift the bread out of the pot using the parchment paper then wait 30 minutes before slicing it.
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