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Make Bread Without Yeast – a Delicious Loaf You Can Bake in A Hurry

Make Bread Without Yeast – a Delicious Loaf You Can Bake in A Hurry

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Make Bread Without Yeast – a Delicious Loaf You Can Bake in A Hurry

Do you have your heart set on whipping up a loaf of homemade bread but have just discovered that you’re out of yeast? Well, what if we told you that it’s possible to bake bread without yeast? Yes, it can be done! We’re going to take you through a simple, no yeast bread recipe that you can bake in your oven. We’ll also touch on why we normally bake with yeast and which yeast substitutes actually work. After all, sometimes life calls for an emergency loaf of bread and it’s our duty to deliver.

What Is Yeast and Why Do We Use It for Baking?

There are several types of yeast out there but the term “baker’s yeast” refers to a group of small, single-celled organisms used when baking bread. In this case, these single-celled organisms feed off of simple sugars and break them down, creating carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide’s role in bread baking is a big one. As it expands and makes its way through the dough, the dough increases in volume, causing the loaf to rise and set.

Is There A Substitute for Yeast?

Now that we’ve established that yeast is an integral part of leavened bread, you might be wondering, is there really a substitution for it? After all, yeast is the reason why bread is light and fluffy and, without it, won’t the bread stay completely flat? If you don’t have yeast on hand, there are certain substitutions you can use and, although they’re not a perfect match, they can get the job done. Let’s take a look at some yeast substitutions. 

Substituting Yeast for Yeast

Substituting Yeast for Yeast

When substituting yeast, you must be aware that no substitution is going to give you the exact result you’re looking for – unfortunately, there is no perfect substitution for yeast. But there are some alternatives that come close

Some recipes may call for a certain type of yeast that you do not have. In this case, you can substitute certain kinds of yeast for others.

  • Substitution for compressed yeast: If your recipe needs compressed yeast, you can substitute one cake’s worth for one package of regular yeast or two teaspoons of active, dry yeast.
  • Substitution for regular yeast: If your recipe calls for one full package of regular/quick, active dry yeast, you can substitute it by using just 2 ¼ teaspoons of the same yeast or by using one package of compressed yeast.

Using Baking Soda or Baking Powder

Baking soda and baking powder are common yeast substitutes because they react and rise.

Baking Soda

Baking soda should not be used by itself to make bread rise in the same way that yeast would. If you’ve done any at-home science experiments with baking soda, you know that it needs to interact with an acid to expand, creating carbon dioxide bubbles which make the bread rise. If the recipe already has an acidic batter, then you won’t have an issue using baking soda as your leavening agent. If it does not already have an acidic batter and you still wish to use baking soda, no worries! In this case, you can add equal parts soda and lemon juice, buttermilk, or milk and vinegar to equal the amount of yeast required in the recipe. 

Baking Powder

Baking Powder

Baking powder is a little more straightforward than baking soda when it comes to substituting for yeast because baking powder is already a combination of baking soda and an acid. When using baking powder as a yeast substitute, opt for a double-acting baking powder which allows the two acids in the baking soda to react at two different times – when the dough is initially wet and again when it’s heated. 

Delicious, No Yeast Bread Recipe

Looking for a simple, bread no yeast recipe for baking your emergency loaf? There are plenty of simple recipes you can make that yield delicious results. This recipe does not require a bread machine and is generally much simpler to make with a shorter baking time; however, keep in mind that you’ll be doing the kneading yourself!

4-Ingredient Soda Bread

This simple, egg-free recipe requires only five minutes of prep time and 35 minutes of baking time. Keep in mind that this is a recipe for soda bread so it will be denser than the average loaf of bread. But, if you enjoy soda bread as much as we do, read on for this simple, four-ingredient Irish soda bread recipe.

You don't have to knead this dough very long as the recipe uses strong bread flour and can be made with simple ingredients that you are almost guaranteed to have in your cupboard or fridge.


  • 4 cups plain flour (regular cake or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups of milk

Baking temperature: 190°C Fan / 375°F


  • For this recipe, start with a baking stone or heavy baking sheet already in the oven as you want to place your dough on a hot surface to bake.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder).
  • Using your hands, gradually stir in the milk until the ingredients form a dough.
  • Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on your work surface. This dough needs to be kneaded only slightly until it achieves the same consistency throughout. 
  • Shape your dough into a round disk, no more than an inch and a half thick, with the top scored. This ensures that the dough cooks in the middle.
  • Bake on your preheated hot stone/baking sheet for 35 minutes. Your loaf should be pale brown in color and will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Make absolutely sure your dough is no more than an inch and a half thick or it will not cook in the middle. You do not want to have to bake a second emergency loaf of bread! (Unless, of course, you just want seconds).

Recipe Notes

Important! We cannot stress enough that the dough needs to be a flat pancake when it goes into the oven, or it will not cook properly in the middle.


 Yeast is not absolutely necessary when baking a delicious loaf of bread. Using baking soda or baking powder is an excellent way to substitute for yeast that you’ve run out of or maybe you didn’t want to use yeast in the first place and were looking for an alternative that you’re more likely to have on hand. Either way, we hope we have taught you something you didn’t know about yeast substitution and have inspired you to make your own quick and simple yeast-free delicious loaf next time you want to bake bread.

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