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4.89 from 85 votes

Emergency No Yeast Bread

When you need bread in a hurry, or the shop has run out? This no yeast, no rise loaf that anyone can bake, that uses only 4 everyday ingredients is the answer. Egg Free.
Servings: 10 slices
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes


  • 500 g plain flour - regular cake or all purpose flour not bread or wholewheat / wholegrain
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 310 ml milk - or water with a spoon of oil or melted butter


  • Test the baking powder is still good by putting a teaspoon in a small dish and pouring boiling water over. It should immediately bubble and fizz vigorously.
  • Heat the oven to 190°C Fan (210°C regular) / 375°F / GM 6. Place a baking stone or heavy baking sheet in the oven to heat.
  • Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in the milk, and stir the ingredients until the milk is mixed with with flour and forms a dough. It's easiest to do this with your hands rather than a wooden spoon. 
  • Turn the dough out onto your work surface and knead briefly until the dough has a uniform consistency.
  • Shape the dough into a round disc, about an inch to an inch and a half (about 3 cm) thick. Score the top deeply with an X. This is important! Don't make a round ball of dough as it won't cook in the middle.
  • Bake on the hot stone or baking sheet for about 35 minutes until pale brown. (This loaf won't turn a deep gold so don't wait too long to check it.) When ready, it should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.


  • Important! We cannot stress enough that the dough needs to be a flat pancake - not more than 1.5" (3 cm) deep when it goes into the oven, or it will not cook properly in the middle.
  • If you don't have milk you can make some up with powdered milk, mix up yogurt and water, or use water with a spoon of oil or melted butter or spread. 
  • Delicious served freshly baked for breakfast with our homemade Seville Orange Marmalade
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.2mg