No Yeast White Bread Recipe

 

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Breads made without yeast are often referred to as soda breads or cake breads. The reason is that they use either baking powder or baking soda in place of the yeast. You’ll also see eggs and milk often added as an ingredient to enhance the texture and the rise of the bread. These breads will not rise much after kneading but they will rise during the baking process. You’ll also notice that you do not achieve a traditional dough ball but rather a batter consistency. That’s to be expected so don’t add more flour.

The reason for this type of bread is either for someone who has a yeast allergy (although this is very rare) or if you don’t happen to have any yeast on hand.

These types of breads will not have the same texture as a yeast bread and can be a bit crumbly so they’re not ideal for sandwiches, but go well as a side to any meal. They also don’t keep as well as a yeast bread so cover them with foil and refrigerate if you don’t eat it right away. These types of bread do taste good and the vinegar not only gives it a piquant flavor but interacts with the baking powder to help the bread rise. One of the things you may notice are large air bubbles in the bread similar to what you see in classic artisan breads.

INGREDIENTS:
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 tsp baking powder
 1/2 cup sugar
 1 1/2 cups milk
 1 tsp butter
 2 eggs
 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
 3 cups all-purpose flour
DIRECTIONS:
1

Add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order indicated and select the cake bread setting if your bread machine has that setting. Otherwise select the white bread setting but just know that the dough will not rise much during the rise cycle but it will rise while it bakes. If you can do a custom setting just select mix, knead and bake. You won’t need the rise cycle.

2

When the bread is done let it rest for 10 minutes and serve immediately or cover with foil and refrigerate.

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 tsp baking powder
 1/2 cup sugar
 1 1/2 cups milk
 1 tsp butter
 2 eggs
 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
 3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

DIRECTIONS:
1

Add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order indicated and select the cake bread setting if your bread machine has that setting. Otherwise select the white bread setting but just know that the dough will not rise much during the rise cycle but it will rise while it bakes. If you can do a custom setting just select mix, knead and bake. You won’t need the rise cycle.

2

When the bread is done let it rest for 10 minutes and serve immediately or cover with foil and refrigerate.

No Yeast White Bread Recipe

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30 Comments
  1. Reply
    Laura April 24, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    My bread machine doesn’t have a cake OR white bread option. I have basic, rapid, sweet, French, quick, whole wheat, dough / pasta, or bake. Sorry, I’m new to this.

  2. Reply
    alan April 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    what is the order indicated?

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      The order indicated is the order of the ingredients list in the recipe. If your bread machine manufacturer recommends a different order, follow that. We’ve tried to provide an order that is common to most bread machines but there are variances.
      Steve

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      The order indicated is the order that are listed in the ingredients section of the recipe. If your bread machine manufacturer recommends a different order for ingredients in general, follow their directions.

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 15, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      This is the order indicated in the ingredients:
      1 teaspoon of salt
      4 teaspoons of baking powder
      1 ½ cups of water
      ¼ cup of olive oil or canola oil
      2 eggs
      1 tablespoon of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
      3 cups of whole wheat flour
      Put the ingredients into the bread machine in that order. The reason it’s important is that the vinegar will react with the baking powder during the kneading process. If it comes in contact with the baking powder too soon, you won’t get a good rise while the dough is baking.
      Steve

  3. Reply
    Julie Rowden April 2, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    When it says add ingredients “order indicated” does that mean as listed or the order the bread machine gives?

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      If the bread machine indicates a different order of ingredients, follow their directions. We try to determine ingredient orders that are the average across bread machines but there are variations. If in doubt, follow the manufacturers instructions.
      Steve

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Julie,
      The order in the recipe is my best guess based on what the majority or bread machine manufacturers recommend and based on my own kitchen tests with the recipes. If your bread machine manufacturer recommends a different order, go with their directions.
      Hope that helps,
      Steve

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 15, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      Bread machines vary and their instruction manuals often recommend different ingredient orders. We try to find the most common ingredient additions and order that will work with most bread machines. If your manufacturer recommends a different order, follow their directions.
      Hope that helps,
      Steve

  4. Reply
    Sevi Sevi March 25, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Made this 2x. Middle isn’t cooking properly. Bread machine, cake setting (2hrs, no rise.) The bread itself is tasty but semi-raw in the middle. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions?

    • Reply
      Dannielle Jones April 18, 2020 at 6:41 am

      Can you make with a dairy free milk like coconut or almond? Or does it need to be with full cream milk? Thanks

      • Reply
        Steve Nubie April 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

        Yes, that will work.

      • Reply
        Steve Nubie April 19, 2020 at 1:25 pm

        Any milk will work fine.
        Steve

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:17 pm

      Insert a wooden skewer or knife into the center of the bread after it’s done. If it emerges wet, set the machine to cook another 10 minutes or just set it to start baking again and time 10 minutes and test again. Batter breads are finicky but you can compensate with that test.
      Steve

  5. Reply
    P. Lewis March 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Can this bread be made in a regular loaf pan instead of breadmaker?

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Yes. pull the dough after using the dough cycle and place it in an oiled pan if baking a yeast bread or pour the batter if making a cake bread into a dry pan. Bake yeast breads at 359 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes. Bake batter breads at 425 for 40 minutes to an hour. Always test batter breads by inserting a toothpick into the center when done. If the toothpick is wet, bake another 10 minutes until the toothpick emerges dry.
      Steve

  6. Reply
    Saimi March 19, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    I might cut the sugar a bit if I intended to use it for savory sandwiches. It is perfect as is for butter, or peanut butter, or jam, or plain. My crust turned out a bit tough, but still a lovely loaf.

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      You can always cut the sugar or substitute the same amount of honey, maple syrup or agave nectar. Don’t skip the sugar entirely though. Yeast needs a little sugar to grow. In batter breads you can eliminate the sugar altogether if you want.
      Steve

    • Reply
      Dave April 9, 2020 at 6:41 am

      Exactly my experience… delicious, but dense and wet… thinking of cutting the sugar like you… since it is more a batter than dough, I am planning on trying adding the vinegar and baking soda a few minutes before baking starts and just stir it in myself instead of letting it go through 2 hours of useless kneading and rising letting the chemical rising action dissipate… hoping for a lighter, airier more bread like loaf…

      • Reply
        Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:14 pm

        Your ideas are good and could get you a better result. One thing to always do when baking a batter bread is insert a toothpick into the center of the bread when you think it’s done. If the toothpick emerges wet, bake it for another 10 minutes until the toothpick emerges dry. Oven temps vary from one oven to another so that’s the only way to know for sure that a batter bread is done.
        Hope that helps,
        Steve

      • Reply
        Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 12:21 pm

        Add the vinegar later could be a good move because the mixing and kneading cycle does work the batter a long time. No-yeast breads or batter breads with baking powder and or baking soda rise in the oven while baking not before like a yeast bread. Reducing the sugar might help but if you continue to have problems you could also try adding an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
        Steve

      • Reply
        Steve Nubie April 15, 2020 at 7:20 pm

        That’s a good solution although no-yeast breads always tend to be denser than yeast breads because they are more in the category of batter breads or cake breads. As a result, they rise in the oven and not before before baking the way a yeast bread rises.
        Steve

  7. Reply
    Bee Cardona February 9, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Can this bread be make by hand ?
    Please help me!

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      Always. You can take the ingredients and knead by hand, knead with a dough hook in a mixmaster bowl, or just use the dough setting to get a bassic dough and then shape it into any form you want like buns or rolls and bake either on a baking sheet or if you want a loaf of bread, drop the dough into an oiled bread pan and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned.
      Steve

  8. Reply
    Kris May 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Thatcwas pretty yummy bread thanks

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      That’s always nice to hear.
      Steve

  9. Reply
    Denise November 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    How much are .50 of a teaspoon ,.50cup sugar ,1.50 milk please ?
    Many thanks Denise

  10. Reply
    Christine Schell February 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I cut the sugar in half on this recipe and upped the salt by about another teaspoon and it is magnificent I use organic apple cider vinegar and bread flour I’m hooked on this recipe

    • Reply
      Steve Nubie April 17, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      Sounds like great ideas all around. Glad you liked the recipe.
      Steve

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