Yes, you can make delicious bread without yeast! This quick, easy and delicious no yeast bread is topped with a seed mixture, for great flavour and it’s ready in about 45 minutes!
This delicious no yeast bread is about as close to the texture of yeast bread as I have ever made without yeast. It’s a small loaf, about 8-inches in diameter, but it bakes up to a decent height. It’s also nicely sliceable. Though it will never be as sturdy as a yeast bread, it makes a great bread to enjoy eaten out of hand with butter or alongside a pot of soup or stew.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here are a few notes about the simple ingredients you’ll need …
Butter – butter adds nice flavour to this bread and contributes to the texture of the bread. I haven’t tested this recipe with liquid oil or shortening. Of the two, I suspect shortening would probably be a more successful substitute.
Buttermilk or Milk – you can use buttermilk or milk in this bread. If you’d like the tangy flavour of buttermilk, but don’t have real buttermilk on hand, you can make your own. Simply add 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 1/2 cups of regular milk. Stir and let stand 10 minutes before using. I haven’t tested non-dairy milks, but I suspect they would work here.
Mixed seeds – simply make a mix of any seeds you have, such as sunflower seeds, flax seed, sesame seed, poppy seed etc.
- Can I use whole wheat flour, bread flour or gluten free flour? Possibly. I haven’t tested any of these flours with this recipe. In the case of whole wheat flour, you may need to add more liquid to the dough and the resulting bread will obviously be heavier. Bread flour may also absorb liquid differently, but otherwise shouldn’t be a problem. As for gluten free flour, I suspect you will need to add additional ingredients to maintain the structure of the bread. I suggest seeking out a dedicated gluten-free recipe for best results.
- Can I use a dairy-alternative/nut milk? Possibly. If you’ve had success with milk alternatives in similar recipes (biscuits, perhaps), it should work here as well. I haven’t tested any alternative milks with this recipe myself.
- Can I double this recipe? This recipe does make a small loaf, but I have always enjoyed it that way, as it is quick and easy to make and I just enjoy it right away. I suspect you could double it and bake it in something like a 10-inch (top diameter) cast-iron pan, though again, I haven’t tested it myself.
- Can I freeze this bread? Absolutely! Simply wrap well and freeze up to 2 months, though it is best enjoyed within the first month.
Step by Step Photos
- Step 1: Add flour to large bowl
- Step 2: Add baking powder and baking soda
- Step 3: Add salt
- Step 4: Whisk well to combine
- Step 5: Take a minute to make your seed mixture and set aside
- Step 6: Add cold butter pieces to flour mixture
- Step 7: Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour, breaking it up into small pieces no larger than a pea and evenly distributed in the flour.
- Step 8: Add about 3/4 of the buttermilk (or milk) and stir into the flour. Begin adding a bit more, in very small increments, stirring in between, adding just as much as you need, until you get a moist dough. Watch the bottom of the bowl for dry flour. If you have some, add a bit more liquid, then stir in.
- Step 9: Dough should be quite moist, but not super sticky. Definitely not dry and crumbly.
- Step 10: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
- Step 11: Shape into a ball (dusting with a bit of flour if it’s sticking to your hands), then press into a round about 7-inches in diameter.
- Step 12: Grease a small skillet, 8-inch round baking pan (such as a round cake pan) or even a baking sheet.
- Step 13: Sprinkle the greased skillet or baking dish with some of the seed mixture.
- Step 14: Place the dough on top of the seeds, then brush with more buttermilk or milk.
- Step 15: Sprinkle top with remaining seeds and press onto dough lightly with the palm of your hand. Cut an “X” in the top of the dough and bake.
The key to this recipe is to add just as much or as much liquid (buttermilk or milk) as you need to create a moist dough – not too sticky/not too dry. Everyone’s flour will absorb liquid differently, depending on your general climate or the climate of your own kitchen, so the amount needed will vary slightly between kitchens. Start by adding about 3/4 of the liquid, then go from there, adding in ver small increments and stirring in between. Watch for dry flour at the bottom of the bowl. That’s a sign you need to add a bit more liquid. Don’t be afraid to go beyond the 1 1/2 cups if your dough needs it.
Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy No Yeast Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, reduce to 1/2 tsp if using salted butter
- 5 Tablespoons butter, cold, cut into 10 pieces
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, or milk, plus more for brushing *See Note 1
- 1/3 cup mixed seeds, sunflower, flax, sesame, poppy seed etc.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a 6 1/2-inch bottom diameter cast iron skillet (or 7-8 inch round baking pan) and set aside.
- Prepare the seed mixture and set aside (I used 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, 1 Tbsp flaxseed and 1 Tbsp poppy seeds)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter pieces to the bowl and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add enough buttermilk to the flour mixture to form a soft, sticky dough (I usually use all of the 1 1/2 cups). Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times, just until smooth. Shape dough into a 7-inch-ish round.
- Sprinkle some of the seed mixture onto the bottom of a greased skillet or baking pan. Place dough on top of seeds. Brush top of dough with more buttermilk, then scatter remaining seeds over the top and sides of dough. Dip a knife in flour, then cut an shallow X into the top of the dough.
- Bake bread in preheated oven for about 35 - 40 minutes, or until well browned. *Check loaf at around 30 minutes and loosely cover the top with a piece of foil if it looks at risk of over-browning. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. (Bread sliced better when cooled).
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