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No Yeast Sourdough Bread

This no yeast sourdough bread recipe is extra tangy and uses just 5 ingredients! It does take a while from start to finish but it’s 100% worth it for that tangy sourdough taste. Trust me, you’ll love making this easy bread!

no yeast sourdough bread slathered with butter

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There is never a bad time to make bread. 

Especially if that bread is sourdough! Even more specific – no yeast sourdough bread! Mostly because there are times when you simply cannot find yeast or you just don’t want to hit up the grocery store. 

Now, because this bread uses no added yeast it takes a bit of time from start to finish. Please don’t let that stop you from making this bread though. It turns out super tangy and most of the work is hands-off. And by hands-off I mean you’ll basically just be waiting for it to rise after each step. Honestly, you couldn’t ask for an easier bread recipe. 

I should also note that this recipe makes 2 loaves and this freezes like a dream. 

Everyone needs a loaf of sourdough in the freezer – right? 

no yeast sourdough bread sitting on a cutting board

How does no yeast sourdough bread work?

I’m not going to pretend to be a scientist so I’m going to share what King Arthur Flour says about this bread. 

“What makes the sour in sourdough bread? It’s a combination of lactic and acetic acids, created as the dough rises and ferments. Refrigerating the dough encourages the production of more acetic than lactic acid, and acetic acid is much the tangier of the two. Thus, sourdough bread that’s refrigerated before baking will have a more assertive sour flavor.”

How cool is that? Personally, I want my sourdough bread as TANGY as possible and with this recipe that is exactly what you get. 

no yeast sourdough bread sitting on a wooden cutting board

If you’re new to the world of bread making this is a pretty easy recipe to start with. Plus, besides the waiting, it’s really easy and you’ll be rewarded with 2 beautiful loaves. 

So, get that whipped butter ready because you’re gonna want to slather it ALL OVER this delicious no yeast sourdough bread! 

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No Yeast Sourdough Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 1 days 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 days 2 hours 30 minutes

This no yeast sourdough bread recipe is extra tangy and uses just 5 ingredients and is perfect when slathered with salted butter.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (227g) "fed" sourdough started
  • 1-1/2 cups (340g) lukewarm water
  • 5 cups (602g) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl combine the starter, water and 3 cups of the flour. Beat vigorously for 1 minute.
    2. Cover, and let rest at room temperature for 4 hours.
    3. Refrigerate overnight, for about 12 hours.
    4. After refrigeration, add the remaining 2 cups flour, sugar, and kosher salt.
    5. Knead to form a smooth dough.
    6. Allow the dough to rise in a covered bowl until it's light and airy, with visible gas bubbles. Depending on how active your starter is this may take up to 5 hours, or even longer.
    7. Note: sourdough bread (especially sourdough without added yeast) can be finicky and may not go exactly to the written plan. Please allow yourself to go with the flow, and not treat this as an exact to-the-minute process.
    8. When the dough is ready, gently divide the dough in half.
    9. Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves, and place them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 2 to 4 hours. This step could take longer but give them sufficient time to become noticeably puffy. Don't worry if the loaves spread more than they rise, they'll pick up once they hit the oven's heat.
    10. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.
    11. Spray the loaves with lukewarm water.
    12. Slash the loaves. If you've made round loaves, try one slash across the center, and a curved slash on each side of it; or slash in the pattern of your choice. For oval loaves, two diagonal slashes are fine. Make the slashes fairly deep, a serrated bread knife works well here.
    13. Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's a very deep golden brown.
    14. Remove it from the oven, and cool on a rack.
    15. Store bread, loosely wrapped in plastic, for several days at room temperature or freeze for longer storage.

Notes

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 loaves Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1220Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4374mgCarbohydrates: 256gFiber: 9gSugar: 8gProtein: 35g

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Friday 17th of July 2020

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Ashley

Thursday 14th of May 2020

How do you mix the extra 2 cups of flour into cold refrigerator dough? Even after I let it sit out for an hour it was too cold to mix more flour into. Maybe I’m mid reading the recipe. Any tips would help.

Thank you.

MartinW

Saturday 9th of May 2020

What does 12 hours in the fridge do that, say, 2 hours won't do? Just curious about the length of time. Yours is the simplest sourdough-without-yeast recipe I came across.! Thanks!

Janice Hyder

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

I'm completely new to sourdough and really bread baking in general. I was following the recipe today and thought I kneaded it long enough, but when I went to divide the dough into two, it was very sticky, like stick to my hands sticky. Is this how it should be? I was able to sort of form two loaves but don't know what is going to happen when I try to bake them. Any advice? Should I have kneaded longer? I guess I can always make bread crumbs if the loaves are not really great bread!

Renee Montgomery

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Do you let the dough rise 4 hours and then another 12 in the fridge, or is it one or the other?

nutmegnanny

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hi Renee - you do both. I have updated the recipe to make it more clear - thank you!

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