3 Delicious Types of Bread You Can Bake Without Yeast (2024)

Love comfort food baking but always seem to be short on ingredients? It's totally possible to bake bread at home without yeast. In fact, there are yeast substitutes and yeast-free bread out there that taste just as good as their yeasty counterparts.

While experienced bread bakers might turn to sourdough starters when they are out of yeast, we wanted to find a way to get our homemade bread fix without that much work. We turned to Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day, for her recommendations on easy substitutes for making bread when you don't have yeast on hand.

Bake Beer Bread—and DIY Self-Rising Flour

"There are a few alternatives for feeding our desire for homemade bread, even when we don't have yeast on hand," says Tyler Lee. "Beer bread is one of the easiest types of bread you can make. It only requires a few basic ingredients, and it doesn't use yeast."

Many beer bread recipes call for self-rising flour—if you don't have that ingredient on hand, you can make your own from scratch by adding 1½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt to each cup of pastry flour called for in a recipe.

Try using pastry flour if it's available (it has a lower protein content), but all-purpose flour will work, too. Gluten-free blended flours will work here as well. "Beer bread has a flavor akin to sourdough, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Its crumb is moist but more crumbly than your typical chewy, traditional homemade yeast-based loaf."

Choose Quick Breads Instead

You might have heard the term quick bread before, but what does it mean? Essentially, quick breads are any breads that do not require yeast. Instead of using yeast to make the bread rise, quick breads rely on other leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder to get height.

"Quick breads, like banana bread, zucchini bread, and cornbread are delicious and easy alternatives to yeast-based bread and can satisfy cravings in a pinch," says Tyler Lee. Her recipe for banana bread gets its sweetness from dates, and her zucchini bread incorporates pineapple for a delicious twist with less added sugar. Both are easy and healthy takes on classic quick bread staples.

Try a No-Yeast Bread Recipe

No-yeast breads are another option. The flavor and texture won't be the same as your typical bakery loaf. And the unusual aroma, more like cheese than bread, comes from the fermentation process that the ingredients go through. If you've made homemade yogurt, you'll know what to expect.

"This recipe is more of a craft project than a quick and easy bread-making project," she says. "It could also be a great science experiment for those cooking with kids."

There's always matzo, too.

3 Delicious Types of Bread You Can Bake Without Yeast (2024)
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