Homemade Bread Without Yeast

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Need a bread recipe that doesn’t use yeast and doesn’t need to rise? Here it is! No yeast. No kneading. No rising. No kidding.

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Irish soda bread is a miracle. You can make homemade, savory bread with just 10 minutes of work and 30-40 minutes of bake time, and it’s okay if you’re missing some very important bread baking staples – like yeast, or oil, or sweetener.

It tastes different from your classic yeasted bread – because let’s face it, it’s miracle quick bread. And it’s perfect when you’re in pinch. The Irish are brilliant.

Homemade Irish Soda Bread – Bread without Yeast

Serve Irish Soda Bread with soup or stew, for toast in the morning, broiled with cheese, whatever you like.

If you want to watch a video demo, I made it live on Facebook and shared a whole bunch of tips throughout the video.

Do I have to say this too? Soda bread is the perfect quarantine #stayathome #coronavirus recipe as we’re all trying to stay home, avoid the grocery stores as much as possible, and are probably eating at home more meals than ever.

Irish Soda Bread is also perfect to feed the kids who are home 24/7 and require 5,286 snacks a day.

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    Irish Soda Bread

    A simple, hearty bread made without yeast, with no kneading or rising required! This recipe is based on one from an old cookbook, Irish Bread Recipes.

    Author: Steph Jenkins
    Ingredients
    • 3 cups whole wheat flour*
    • 2 cups white flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 cup yogurt**
    • 3/4 cup water or milk**
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450 F.

    2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add liquid, stirrring well.

    3. When mixture is too thick to stir, turn dough onto the floured surface, and use your hands to gently mix it until the dough is smooth and uniform. This should take less than 1 minute.

    4. Place the dough on a greased baking sheet and pat the bread into a smooth round circle, about 2 inches high. Using a sharp knife, cut a large criss-cross across the top (this gives the steam a place to escape while baking).

    5. Bake the bread at 450 F for 15-20 minutes. Decrease the temperature to 400 F and turn the pan 180 degrees (ovens are always hotter at the back, so turning the pan helps the bread bake evenly). Bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the bread sounds hollow when you knock on it with your knuckles (carefully – it will be hot).

    6. Allow bread to cool slightly, then slice and serve. Tastes best served fresh.

    Recipe Notes

    *Flour

    If using all whole wheat flour, you may need to increase the liquid to 2 cups total. If using all white flour, use 1 1/2 cups liquid.

    **Yogurt & Milk

    Traditionally, Irish soda bread calls for buttermilk. But I usually have yogurt on hand, not buttermilk. If you don’t have yogurt, try these alternatives. Each one yeilds a slightly different result, but all work just fine!

    • buttermilk
    • sour cream thinned with milk
    • creme fraiche
    • Mix 1 1/2 cups milk with 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using. 

    Dairy-Free

    Mix 1 1/2 cups dairy-free milk with 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using. 

    Kid-Friendly Homemade Bread

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