Love bread, but having a hard time finding it anywhere now? Oh, and the yeast! Even if you want to bake your own bread, the yeast is another issue in itself with this quarantine in place. Well, no worries! We have a recipe for making bread without yeast. It’s an easy and simple bread without butter or eggs either! Nice and crusty on the outside and moist on the inside. No mixers, no fancy kitchen equipment, no rise time, and barely any waiting.
Soda bread is a popular type of quick bread. It doesn’t require any yeast or bread flours to make. It uses baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast. Basic ingredients usually consist of flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk. However, you can add other ingredients to change it up a bit, such as oats, honey, or dried fruits. In our recipe below, we will substitute buttermilk with milk and vinegar to make it easier for those who don’t have buttermilk.
Serves 1-2 people. Double the recipe as needed to make more.
- 1 cup (128g) All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup milk/vinegar mixture (see instruction below)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Measure 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and pour it into a measuring cup. Then, add your choice of milk into the measuring cup, measuring up to a 1/2 cup (both milk and vinegar combined). Let the vinegar and milk sit until it curdles, around 10 minutes. This is a great opportunity to use those unopened milk cartons that your kids might be getting in their school meals.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Make sure to mix it well. If you plan on adding additional ingredients, such as raisin, oats, etc., this would be the time to add that in.
- Finally, to the flour mixture, add in your curdled milk a little at a time (2 increments), and mix until completely combined.
- When you’re ready to knead the dough, lightly flour a surface to transfer the dough. Sprinkle about a tablespoon or so of flour on top of the dough and place it on the floured surface. Gently knead the dough to form a dome shape. Be sure not to over knead the dough, otherwise, it will become chewy and tough. At this point, the dough should still be quite sticky.
- When you’re finished kneading, using a sharp knife, slice twice across the dough forming an X, about a quarter to half an inch thick.
- Transfer the dough onto the lined tray and bake for about 20-25 minutes. To prevent it from overcooking, check it at the 20 minute mark to see if it needs to continue baking. The bread is ready when it’s golden brown and, when tapped, makes a hollow sound from the base.
- When the bread is ready, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool, preferably on a cooling rack, before slicing. You can eat it like it is, fresh out of the oven, toast it, or smear butter all over it! Yum!
If you love bread and are having a hard time finding yeast, give this recipe a try! Let us know what you think. If you try making some, feel free to share it with us!