How To Make Bread Dough Without Yeast

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Don’t have the time to wait for yeast bread to rise? Want bread that is both delicious and easy to make? If so, you will want to know how to make bread dough without yeast.

Yeast is a common ingredient in bread that is used as a leavening agent. It helps strengthen and develop the dough as it rises, while also giving the bread a wonderful flavor. Yeast bread often needs to be kneaded and will need time to rise.

The main type of yeast-free bread is called quick bread. Quick bread uses baking soda as the levitating agent and does not need time to rise like yeast bread. Quick bread is typically easier to make than yeast bread and will be ready in less time.

There are different types of bread dough without yeast, such as soda bread and zucchini bread. Soda bread will have a slightly more savory taste and can be used for sandwiches, spreads, and dipping. On the other hand, lemon zucchini bread is sweet, like muffins, and is typically eaten plain or with butter.


What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial to Make Bread Dough Without Yeast


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To make bread dough without yeast, such as this Ina Garten’s soda bread recipe, you will need these ingredients:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour, plus one tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (½ stick), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 ¾ buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup currants, dried


To make this bread, you will need the following equipment:

  • Parchment paper
  • Stand mixer with a paddle attachment
  • Sheet pan
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Board
  • Serrated knife

5 Step By Step Instructions

Step One: Prepare Your Pan and Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line your sheet pan with parchment paper.

Step Two: Combine the Dry Ingredients With the Butter

In your mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly mixed. Add the butter and incorporate it into the dry ingredients at low speed until mixed into the flour mix.

Step Three: Mix the Buttermilk, Egg and Orange Zest

Lightly beat the egg, buttermilk, and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture at low speed in the mixer.


Combine the currents with one tablespoon of flour and add into bread dough. The bread dough without yeast will be very wet.

Step Four: Lightly Knead Dough

On a lightly floured board, dump the dough. Knead the dough a few times and form it into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the sheet pan with parchment paper and cut an X onto the dough using a serrated knife.

Step Five: Bake the Bread

Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. The bread should have a hollow sound when you tap on the bottom.

Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Tips and Tricks

If you aren’t a fan of dried currants, you can leave them out completely or replace them with raisins or chocolate chips.  However, if you want to keep it completely savory, you can add in two tablespoons of a combination of your favorite herbs and a cup of Parmesan cheese when making bread dough without yeast. You can even add in one finely diced jalapeno and a cup of cheddar cheese.

If you want plain soda bread, you can leave out the dried currants and orange zest completely. This allows the bread to be a great base for all types of sandwiches and spreads. The bread also tastes wonderfully toasted too.

As every oven is different, your bake time will vary. By using a cake tester or small wooden dowel, you can test the doneness of your bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is done, if pieces of dough stick to it, the bread needs more time.

Tapping on bread is another common way to test if your bread is fully baked. If you gently tap on the bread and it sounds hollow, then your bread is done. If it does not have a hollow sound, it needs to be baked for longer.

Any leftover bread should be kept in an airtight container for up to three days. The bread can also be kept in the fridge for up to one week.


A Delicious Bread Dough Without Yeast

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If you don’t have any yeast around or are looking for a quick alternative, this tasty recipe is the way to go. You will love how easy it is to make and how amazing it tastes.

There are many delicious breads that can be made without yeast, from lemon zucchini bread to soda bread. Lemon zucchini bread is great for dessert, whereas soda bread is an all-around tasty treat. It is ideal for sandwiches, spreading with marmalade or dipping in soups.

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Author Bio

Karen Rutherford is founder and editor in chief at Cakedecorist. You will often find her in the kitchen creating edible works of art or trying out some new recipes. As a pâtissière and baking enthusiast, Karen has decided to share her abundant knowledge with the internet audience and provide only the best tips and recipes for baking and decorating your favorite sweets.

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