Recipe: White Loaf Made with Yogurt

Breakfast with Yogurt BreadYogurt is a versatile staple in our fridge; we use it in smoothies, served at breakfast or as a snack, in cooking – dips, dressing, sauces (it is very cooling when I accidentally over spice a dish!), as a substitute for cream and mayonnaise and recently I’ve been baking with it.

This year sees the first UK Yogurt Week – running from the 19th – 25th May – and is a celebration of Britain love of yogurt.  Apparently 1 in 5 of us eat yogurt every day, with a massive 86 pots being eaten every second, that soon adds up to a lot of yogurt, enough to fill more than 3.5 Olympic sized swimming pools each week!

As well as being convenient and delicious yogurt contains a range of vitamins and nutrients as well as protein (including all 9 essential amino  acids) and calcium.

For further information on Yogurt Week visit and follow loveyogurtuk on Facebook and Twitter.

I’ve used fat free natural yogurt in this delicious white loaf, which although soft, has a dense crumb meaning it is easy to slice thinly (I am generally terrible at slicing bread) which makes it perfect for sandwiches as well as for toast.   The yogurt makes the loaf extra moist so it should last for at least 4-5 days before any hint of staleness.

I found that this loaf rose both faster and more than my usual white loaf, so if you are used to making bread reduce your usual timings slightly.

Recipe: White Loaf Made with Yogurt

Makes a 1lb loaf (lasts the 2 of us 2 days)

200ml warm water
1 x 7g sachet of yeast (dried active – I used the one for hand baking)
100g low fat natural yogurt
425g strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt

Pour the water into bowl, add the yeast and swirl to it is dissolved.  Add the other ingredients.

Knead with the dough hook attachment of your mixer on the lowest speed for about 4 minutes until a smooth stretchy dough has formed (if you knead by hand it will take longer).

Cover with cling film and leave to prove until doubled in size (in a warm place for an hours or  in the fridge overnight).

Turn out onto a floured board and gently knock the dough back. Shape the loaf,  place in an oiled and floured 1lb loaf tin.  Leave somewhere warm for 30 – 40 minutes until risen.

Place in a preheated oven at GM7 / 220C / 425F and bake for about 35 minutes.   For a crustier loaf place a small dish of water in the oven under the loaf.

When it is done it should turn out of the tin and sound hollow when tapped.  It always takes longer to bake than you think it will, so my general rule of thumb is that if you are unsure give it another 5 mins.

For more inspirations for yogurt week why not try:-

Katie’s Thai Spiced Yogurt Marinaded Pork
Jan’s Low Fat – Greek-style Baked Yogurt Tomatoes Peppers Onions and Chilli
Michelle’s Rich Chocolate Cake(Another) Michelle’s Preserved Walnuts with Greek Yogurt

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About Helen

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & writer, photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioning work.

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  1. I’m loving your photography on this post. I’ve just had breakfast but I want this now! Beautifully simple recipe and who knew it was yoghurt week?!! Thanks also to the link to Michelle’s choc cake. Working from home today so will pop that on for the girls at lunchtime I think!

  2. I made your recipe with delicious result last night. My crust was crustier (dish with water underneath the bread) and middle was lovely soft. thank you for sharing.

  3. I adore yoghurt so this is certainly a loaf I will be making. Always like to have more uses for it!

  4. Yoghurt is so versatile – I had never thought to use it in bread baking though. What a great idea. I wonder whether this would work in the bread maker as I am absolutely terrible at baking bread by hand. It really is my nemesis!

  5. That looks wonderful – reminds me of milk roll but more substantial. Beautiful photo!

  6. What a fabulous way to use yogurt in a recipe Helen, I’d love to try a slice! Lovely styling as ever :-)

  7. That’s a nice looking loaf Helen. I really must try yoghurt in bread.

  8. What a fabulous looking loaf Helen. I’ve never put yogurt in a slicing loaf but have used it for flatbreads and my “scrolls” half scone half roll LOL:-) Will have to give this a go!

  9. Helen, first of all I have to say your photography is amazing! Secondly, this recipe sounds fabulous! I’ve really got to work on my bread making, so I think I will give this a go sometime this week!


  11. Goodness that looks tempting – I love the photo, all Spring light and ‘eat me, eat me’. Gorgeous.

  12. Never tried using yoghurt in bread before – got to try this.


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