Easy Homemade Bread (no active yeast)
Ditch the yeast and the eggs for a 5-ingredient recipe for Easy Homemade Bread, including four flavor variations: plain, everything seasoning, cinnamon-raisin, and parmesan-black pepper.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup buttermilk or buttermilk substitute*
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the buttermilk and 2 tablespoons melted butter and mix just until combined.
- Generously flour your work surface. Scrape the dough onto your work surface then sprinkle the top of it with additional flour. With very light pressure, turn the dough so that it is coated on all sides with flour then knead it a maximum of eight times. Shape it into a 6-inch domed round.
- Transfer the dough to a nonstick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a large “X” across the top then brush the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter.
- Bake the bread for about 35 minutes or until it is no longer doughy in the center. Remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool before slicing and serving.
- To freeze the bread, wrap it securely in plastic wrap then place it in a sealable plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag shut. Freeze the bread for up to 2 weeks.
*Make buttermilk at home: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then pour in milk (any variety) up to the “1 cup” mark. Stir the mixture then let it sit for 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens slightly.