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.

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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 my favorite.

Why we love this no yeast bread

  • The flavor is nothing short of amazing. Sure, you could make a plain no yeast bread. By 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:

  1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  2. Pour in some buttermilk and melted butter and mix well.
  3. Add any additional extras (like cheese and herbs) and mix again.
  4. Now all you have to do is push the dough into a ball, cut a little X in the top, then bake your bread for about 50 minutes.

Full recipe ingredients and instructions in the recipe card.

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What ingredients will I need for no yeast white bread

You'll need 5 ingredients to make this recipe:

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Baking soda (do not sub baking powder!)
  3. Salt
  4. Buttermilk
  5. Butter

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

I generally reach for my 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
  • Chopped olives, feta cheese, rosemary
  • Honey and oats

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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. I suggest slicing it first then freezing it in a sealed plastic 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:

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No Yeast Bread with Herbs and Cheese

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 6 ingredients you can be slicing into a delicious loaf of bread.


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups milk mixed with 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 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

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and sat in a large bowl. (Use a bowl that is bigger than what you see in the video!)
  3. Pour the buttermilk and butter into the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. 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.
  5. Dump the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and shape into a ball with your hands. Using the parchment paper, lift the dough and place it into a pot. Score the top with knife (this is so that the bread cooks properly) 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.
  6. Lift the bread out of the pot using the parchment paper then wait 30 minutes before slicing it.

Notes

Serve with Chicken Vegetable Soup or Easy Vegetarian Chili

A blue cast iron pan filled with colorful vegetables and chicken soup

A bowl of vegetarian chili with some chips on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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