No yeast? No problem. You can still make bread! This no yeast bread is made with just 7 simple ingredients. Learn how to make bread without yeast.
Is there anything more magical than homemade bread? You’re shaking your head no, right? I agree.
However, right now finding a packet of yeast is like finding a unicorn. So what’s a girl to do? Bake bread without yeast.
Now you might be asking, “Wait is that possible?” It definitely is. Enter this super easy, ready to bake in minutes, no yeast bread recipe.
What does it taste like?
This no yeast bread recipe is buttery. Soft. Slightly crumbly with a crispy exterior. This recipe is essentially an Irish Soda bread recipe. Called soda bread because it relies on baking soda (and baking powder) to rise.
It’s made with buttermilk and sweetened with honey making a slightly dense soft bread that’s pretty addicting stuff.
How Do You Make Bread Without Yeast?
So in order to make bread without yeast we are going to need to rely on another form of leavening agent. Basically baking powder and baking soda.
Baking powder and baking soda are not the same so make sure you read those labels. You can read more here about Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda.
It’s always important to make sure your leavening agent hasn’t expired yet. If it’s expire then it won’t create bubbles (aka make your bread rise).
To test for baking powder: Add a 1/2 teaspoon to about 1/4 cup of hot water. If it bubbles, then it’s still good to use. If it doesn’t then time to throw it out and buy new!
To test for baking soda: Add a 1/2 teaspoon to about 1/4 cup of an acid (such as lemon juice or vinegar). If it bubbles, then it’s still good to use. If it doesn’t then time to throw it out and buy new!
What Makes A Quick Bread A Quick Bread?
So a no yeast bread recipe is also known as a quick bread. A quick bread is called a quick bread because it can be mixed up and baked right away. Unlike a yeast bread which takes time to rise before you can bake it a quick bread can go in the oven immediately.
Basically. Bread. Now.
What Do I Need To Make This No Yeast Bread Recipe
I adapted this no yeast bread recipe for my my Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Recipe. But this time I used all purpose flour, skipped the orange and raisins, and sweetened this bread with honey instead of sugar.
What resulted is a moist, fluffy bread with a crispy exterior. It’s a bit dense and crumbly. Buttery. Delicious.
- All purpose flour – I used all purpose flour which created a soft quick bread in the end.
- Baking powder and baking soda – Again this bread has no yeast so it will be leavened with a chemical leavener, baking powder and baking soda.
- Salt – Of course salt is important to help balance the sweetness. You can read more about The Role Of Salt In Baking.
- Sugar (or Honey) -I’ve made it both ways and both were delicious! I added that to the dry ingredients before I add the butter. This just adds a touch of sweetness.
- Butter – Unsalted butter that’s softened is used as the fat in this bread. Here’s How To Soften Butter Fast (3 ways!)
- Buttermilk– This make the bread wonderfully moist. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, here’s How To Make Homemade Buttermilk.
- Egg – You want one large egg at room temperature. Place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes before using.
How To Make This No Yeast Bread – Step By Step Photos
Start by pre-heating your oven to 375°F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
And you can make this bread in your stand mixer all in one bowl. After you have measured all your dry ingredients into the bowl.
You want to add softened butter to the dry ingredients.
Pro Tip: If you forgot to take the butter out early (I do this all the time, so I hear ya) then here are 3 fast ways to soften your butter.
Once your butter has been incorporated, then add in your buttermilk and egg. Buttermilk has to give the bread such great flavor and moisture. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, then you can make your own buttermilk at home.
And that’s it. You just need to simply pat the dough into a round onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper, a 9-inch cake pan, or into a cast iron skillet. The cast iron skillet method will cause the bread to spread a little less.
With a serrated knife, cut an “x” into the top of the bread.
You can brush the top with a little bit more buttermilk and a sprinkle of salt or oats for a bit more crunch.
Then it’s time to bake the bread in a preheated 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes.
Tips For Making This No Yeast Bread
- Soften your butter. Make sure your butter is softened so that it can be easily incorporated into the dough. You can let the butter sit on the counter for 3o minutes to an hour, cubed, for it to soften quickly. Here are 3 more ways to soften your butter quickly.
- Careful Measuring. Be sure to measure your flour correctly. Too much flour will result in a dense bread. I recommend first by stirring the flour before you start to measure. Then scoop the flour into your cup with a spoon and level off with a flat edge.
- Do not overmix. Because this is essentially a quick bread, meaning it’s leavened with baking soda and baking powder too much mixing can result in too much gluten being formed. And too much gluten will result in an overly chewy bread.
- Make An X. You want to make an X in the top of the bread with a sharp knife. This will help the bread expand as it’s in the oven.
No Yeast Bread Variations
- Add cheese – Shredded cheddar cheese would be fantastic here. Or maybe parmesan. Gouda.
- Raisins and caraway seeds – This is what I added to my whole wheat Irish Soda bread version.
- Herbs – Diced dill, or chopped rosemary would be fantastic.
- Jalapenos – A little heat and kick would be a nice addition. Maybe with the addition of cheese as well!
No Yeast Bread FAQ’s
Can I use regular milk instead?
Buttermilk is an acidic ingredient which reacts with the baking soda. So using regular milk will throw off the chemical balance in this bread. If you only have regular milk, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) to your milk and let sit for 10 minutes.
How do I store this no yeast bread?
You want to let the bread cool first before storing. I recommend wrapping the bread in plastic wrap or storing in a plastic bag. It will be freshest up to 2 days. You can also freeze the bread as well for up to 3 months.
You can read the How To Freeze Bread (+ FREE printable) here.
Why didn’t my bread rise?
This bread relies on the baking powder and baking soda. So make sure that your leavening agents haven’t expired!
Can I use granulated sugar instead of honey?
You can, but I recommend using an extra tablespoon.
Can I make this bread with whole wheat flour?
You can, but I recommend replacing half of the AP flour with whole wheat flour. Or try using white whole wheat flour which is 100% whole wheat but softer in texture than regular whole wheat flour.
Can I make this gluten free?
I haven’t made it gluten free myself. But when I do make something gluten free, I like to use Cup 4 Cup flour. It has the best texture, you would never know it’s gluten free.
No Yeast Bread Recipes
You can check out my complete list of no yeast bread recipes here. But here are a few to get you started:
- Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
- Blueberry Muffin Bread
- Quick Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
- Lemon Zucchini Bread
- Guinness Brown Bread
- Irish Soda Bread
- Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Recipe
To Make This No Yeast Soda Bread You Will Need:
- Stand Mixer
- Cookie Sheet (or 9-inch cake pan, or cast iron)
- Silicone baking mat or parchment paper
If you like this recipe, the be sure to leave me a comment and star rating below!
No Yeast Bread (Irish Soda Bread)
- 4 cups (480 grams) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar (or honey)
- 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter softened, cut into tablespoons
- 1 cup (240 mL) buttermilk
- 1 egg
- Pre-heat oven to 375oF degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Or you can bake this in a 10- inch cast iron skillet (which will cause the bread to spread less.) Or an 8 or 9 inch cake pan would also work.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Stir to combine. Add in the butter and stir to combine. Add the buttermilk and egg and stir to combine.
- Turn the dough onto your cookie sheet and shape into a ball. Pat down slightly into about a 8-9 inch circle. Brush the top with more buttermilk or a sprinkle of salt (or oats. Using a serrated knife, cut an "X" across the top of the bread. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature of 190oF. Cool on a cooling rack.
- Tools: Stand Mixer | Whisk| Cookie Sheet | Silicone baking mat
- Buttermilk substitution: Buttermilk is an acidic ingredient which reacts with the baking soda. So using regular milk will throw off the chemical balance in this bread. If you only have regular milk, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) to your milk and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Storing bread: You want to let the bread cool first before storing. I recommend wrapping the bread in plastic wrap or storing in a plastic bag. It will be freshest up to 2 days. You can also freeze the bread as well for up to 3 months.
- Check your leavening agent expiration dates. This bread relies on the baking powder and baking soda. So make sure that your leavening agents haven't expired!
- Whole wheat flour substitution: You can use whole wheat flour, but I recommend replacing half of the AP flour with whole wheat flour. Or try using white whole wheat flour which is 100% whole wheat but softer in texture than regular whole wheat flour.
- Gluten free version: I haven’t made it gluten free myself. But when I do make something gluten free, I like to use Cup 4 Cup flour. It has the best texture, you would never know it’s gluten free.