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Easy, quick (no yeast) bread

Ok, so before you just ignore this post, give me a few minutes! I know that bread is best with yeast! It provides such a glutinous, chewy, yummy taste! But, sometimes I forget to get the bread started in the morning and need a quick turn-around!

This is similar to a soda-type bread. You mix the ingredients together, put on a pan and bake! It's delicious. I have always preferred more dense breads, so this is perfect.

The best thing about this recipe is the versatility. You can add any other ingredients you want to flavor. You can do a cinnamon-raisin, or a cheddar-garlic. In this recipe, I'll show you how to do a plain, just white flour bread and a garlic-sage whole wheat version. I made them at the same time side-by-side. We were headed to see some family and I was taking soup and needed some bread!

Let's get baking!


- 2 cups flour (in the plain one I used all-purpose, and in the other I used 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 whole wheat)

- 3/4 tsp baking soda

- 1/2 tsp kosher salt

- 1 cup buttermilk (if you don't have already, you can make your own by mixing 1 Tbsp lemon juice with 1 cup of milk and allow to sit for a few minutes).

- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and divided

Optional ingredients: in the garlic-sage bread, I used garlic powder and also sage from our garden that we dried last fall.


- Preheat oven to 375oF.

- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

*Here's a picture of the one with sage. We grow that ourselves and this past fall, we harvested a bunch and then hung it upside down to dry and stored in a ziploc bag.

- Add 1.5 Tbsp melted unsalted butter and buttermilk.

- Stir until combined. If it seems a bit wet, then add some flour. If dry, then add a splash of milk. As you can see, I needed to add some more flour to mine.

- Next, flour your work surface and scrap out the dough. Roll and knead just a few times and shape into a ball. Place on your prepared pan and cut an "X" on the top. Brush the remaining butter on the top and sprinkle with salt (if desired).

- Bake for 35 minutes or until no longer doughy in the center. Some people "thump" their bread and can tell by doing that (like my husband). But for me, when it looks like the picture below, I know it's done! Then, LET IT SIT FOR A FEW MINUTES. I know it's hard, but it will be best! You will still get a warm piece if you wait a few minutes.

- Finally, slice and slather a ton of butter on it and enjoy!

ENJOY and happy baking!


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