Did you know that baking powder can be used a substitute for yeast in bread? Try this delicious and healthy bread recipe without sugar, yeast, dairy and gluten. The consistency is between bread and muffin, and is perfect for those who crave for bread, but can’t have wheat nor yeast.
Looking for a substitute for yeast in bread? Try baking powder!
Yeast and baking powder work in fundamentally different ways, so one can’t be substituted for the other with 100% success. But it works great in this recipe. Recipes utilizing yeast usually must be allowed to “rise” before baking.
Yeast is most effective when the dough contains a high amount of gluten. On the other hand, baking soda powder rely on chemical reactions for its rising power. Since this chemical reaction takes place during the cooking process, the rising does not depend on the elastic properties of gluten. In this bread recipe, you can successfully substitute yeast for baking powder and get great results (see the pictures!).
Ingredients to make this bread dough (use baking powder as yeast substitute)
- Gluten-free flour – 3 1/4 cups (450g). Recommendation for gluten-free flour: gluten-free all purpose baking flour from Bob’s Red Mill, which is a mix of garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, white sorghum flour and lava bean flour.
- Baking powder – 5 teaspoons (20g)
- Sea salt or himalayan salt – 1/2 teaspoon (5g)
- Water – 2 cups (470ml)
- Extra virgin Olive oil – 1/4 cup (60ml)
- Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds (as much as you want!)
- Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, seeds).
- Add water and oil
- Mix well
I make these small breads in a 12-cup muffin pan. The bread dough is actually too liquid to form small buns on a baking pan. To grease the muffin pan, use coconut oil or another vegetable oil you have at home. You don’t need to let the dough raise before baking, because baking powder is used as a yeast substitute.
Put in the oven and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30-35 minutes or until the buns are light brown. Plant your knife in one of them to be sure it is well baked.
You can also be creative and add any seeds, spices or herbs you have in your kitchen, such as rosemary or herbs de provence.
I haven’t tried this recipe using a loaf pan. If anybody tries it, please let me know how it goes.