How To Make Basic Bread From Dough Without Yeast

December 9, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


Yeast is the magic ingredient that makes bread rise into the fluffy texture you’ve become accustomed to. However what if you didn’t have any yeast – how would you make bread?

For your preparedness and ‘survival kitchen’ knowledge, you don’t necessarily need to have yeast to make edible bread. Here’s one way to do it, and I’m curious to also get your input:

UPDATE: Same bread recipe (without yeast) with pictures and more information:
Bread Recipe Without Yeast

1. Add 3 cups of flour and 1 tablespoon of baking powder to a bowl.

2. Begin to mix while adding 1/3 cup of oil (extra virgin olive oil).

3. Continue to mix while adding 3/4 cup of warm water. Then continue to add more water a little at a time until the mixture holds together and will roll into a ball while barely sticky. If it becomes too soupy, just add a bit more flour. Etc..

(You can be creative and add pretty much anything to the dough for an enhanced bread – maybe some herbs, nuts, whatever floats your boat)

4. Grease an oven-proof dish (about 8″ or thereabouts) and flatten the dough into the dish. Then flip the dough.

5. If you have foil, cover tightly. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes. Then check it. You might sprinkle some salt (sea-salt) on top at this point 😉 . You might need to continue cooking for another 10 to 20 minutes – just check for a golden top, and it should spring back when touched.

Here’s a picture of the baked ‘bread’
Baked Bread Without Yeast

The point is that bread doesn’t have to be what you’re used to getting in the grocery store (processed perfection), and you can make breads without yeast. It will be a denser bread for sure, but entirely edible and good (for the survival kitchen). There are LOTS of recipes to do this.

To make an edible bread without yeast, basically all that we’re doing is adding ingredients to hold flour into a dough so as to cook it. Any additional ingredients are added for nutrition, texture, taste, and appearance…

You might also consider your own yeast starter and a sourdough bread recipe:
Classic Sourdoughs, A Home Baker’s Handbook

San Francisco Sourdough Starter


What are some bread recipes that you have tried without yeast?