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Baking bread without yeast is easy - how it works

Bake bread without Yeast
Types of bread - bake bread with homemade yeast

Bake bread without Yeast

You can bake bread without yeast by using homemade yeast water. On our trip to Texel we were baking bread. Since then we have been making bread at home regularly. But we don't always have yeast in the house. In such cases homemade yeast water helps. You can also easily prepare this yourself. It takes a little longer, but you always have yeast on hand. You only need three simple ingredients to make it. You can use it to bake a farmer's bread with caraway and fried onions with just a few ingredients.

Make yeast yourself

Making yeast yourself is easy. For yeast water you need warm water, sugar (also honey or syrup, depending on your taste) and a basic ingredient (dried dates or apricots - unsulphured - or a fresh tomato).

Ingredients for homemade yeast

  • 500 ml of lukewarm water
  • 5 dried dates or apricots or a fresh tomato (all fruits must be unsulphurised)
  • 50 g of sugar or three teaspoons of honey or syrup

How you can make yeast yourself

Cut the fruits into small pieces and put them in a tall glass jar that you can close. A bottle is best, because the small surface reduces the risk of mold growth.

Add water and sugar and shake the mixture well.

Let the yeast water stand at room temperature for seven to eight days.

It is important that you briefly open the glass container at least twice a day. This is how air gets to the wild yeast. Then you close it again and shake the container well. This will supply oxygen to the yeast. Thorough shaking prevents the formation of mold. The more you shake the jar each day, the less risk of mold.

After a few days, the yeast water becomes cloudy. This shows that the fermentation process has started. Apart from the chopped fruit, there should be no other solid components in the yeast water. If this is the case, mold has probably formed. This happens when the water is moved too little or the room temperature is too high.

If you want to add yeast water again later, you can keep a rest. Then you only have to wait three to four days for the next fermentation process. For new yeast water, remove the old fruit and add the rest to the newly prepared mixture.

Farmhouse bread with caraway seeds and roasted onions - bake bread with homemade yeast
Farmhouse bread with caraway seeds and roasted onions

Farmhouse bread with caraway seeds and fried onions - bake bread without yeast

Baking bread without yeast is simple and needs few ingredients. You will need these for this farmhouse bread with caraway seeds and fried onions

Ingredients

  • 300 g of wheat flour
  • 280 g of rye flour
  • a tablespoon of sugar
  • Two teaspoons of salt
  • Homemade yeast water as needed
  • Two teaspoons of bread spice
  • A tablespoon of caraway seeds
  • One onion

Bake bread with homemade yeast

Mix the flour and spices in a bowl. Add a portion of the yeast water and mix thoroughly with the kneader. If necessary, you can add yeast water. The dough should come off the bowl rim.

Cut the onion into small cubes and fry them in a pan. Add these together with the caraway seeds to the dough and knead them under the dough. A smooth dough should result.

With yeast water, it takes longer for the dough to rise. It is best to leave it covered for several hours or overnight at room temperature.

Bread dough for farmhouse bread
Baking bread without yeast - this also works for farm bread

Then put the dough on a floured surface and form a bread out of it. You can put this on a baking sheet. We also like to bake our bread in a baking pan. Let the dough stand for another hour in a 30-50° C warm place until it rises up clearly. Moisten the dough surface thoroughly with water.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 230° C (210° C with recirculation mode). Then put the bread and a fireproof bowl of water in the oven and bake the bread for 60-70 minutes. After 10 minutes, switch the oven temperature back to 200° C (180 ° C with circulating air).

Bake bread without Yeast
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Source for baking bread without yeast: own recipe.

Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Andreas @ Reisewut.com
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    Hmm, at a time when yeast is actually sold out in supermarkets around the world (for whatever reason), that's a kind of survival tip, of course. Many thanks for that!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      This is what the Post is for. It is currently read a lot, so it helps a lot.

  2. Miriam
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    How cool is that! I have never made yeast myself, I didn't even know how to do it! I think I'll give it a try.
    Your recipe sounds really delicious and I really feel like freshly baked bread (I will omit the caraway, I have never liked it).
    Thank you for the tip and the recipe

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      You can of course use other ingredients instead of caraway seeds. Sesame, for example, or anything else you like in bread.

  3. Ilona from wandernd.de
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    I have now read that this is also possible with 100ml beer, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 tbsp flour. I have to try it out!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Interesting. The chefs become inventive.

  4. Sanne
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    Dear Ones,

    what a great tip! We currently sell yeast everywhere. This idea comes just in time. I will definitely test it.

    Thank you and best regards,
    Sanne

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Sanne,

      I am happy if our recipe helps you. We currently don't get any yeast, not even online. It is sold out everywhere. I am all the happier that this recipe offers a way out.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  5. Katja
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    The recipe is going really well right now, right? Because yeast somehow seems to be one of the most important things in the household alongside pasta and toilet paper.
    Honestly, I prefer to bake without and therefore think the recipe is great.

    Thank you and take care of you. Kind regards, Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Katja,

      Yes you are right. We figured it out because we have no yeast left in the house. It only takes a little patience until the yeast water is ready to use.

      Greetings from us and stay healthy,
      Monika

  6. Tanya
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    That's a great tip right now. Where you can hear everywhere that the yeast is no longer available. ;) Fortunately, our baker is giving away yeast to his regular customers, so that we can bake pizza, cake and bread with our kids. But of course that's how it works ...;)

    Best regards
    Tanya

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      In times like these you have to know how to help yourself, dear Tanja. You are lucky that you are a regular customer at your bakery. We are happy about our farm shop, which provides us with fresh vegetables and fruit every week. At least that's how we eat healthy ... and in baking bread we practice more and more.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  7. Gabrielaaufreisen
    | Reply

    Cooking and baking are not my cup of tea, but even I noticed that there has been no yeast for weeks.
    Recipes for bread without yeast are sure to be well received.
    Best regards

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Yes, people are hoarding durable foods like flour. And what could be better than baking something with yeast? This bread is easy to make. You only need more patience than usual.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  8. Michelle
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    The trick for homemade yeast is awesome! Especially in the current time when people everywhere bought the yeast cubes empty and you can no longer get anything in the shop.
    I still have dry yeast, but if it is empty, I'll be happy to come back to the instructions.
    The last time I baked bread was a few years ago, which is a shame! Should I definitely catch up again? It would be very convenient from home now.

    Best regards,
    Michelle

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Michelle,

      I am very happy if the recipe will help you. Let me know how it worked when you tried it out.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  9. Sigrid Brown
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    Didn't know that you can make yeast yourself is a great tip. The farmer's bread with caraway will be the first one I do.

    Stay healthy, best regards
    Sigrid

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Sigrid,

      my grandma still knew that. That may help now when yeast is scarce in supermarkets. We have already set some.

      Greetings and stay healthy,
      Monika

  10. DieReiseEule
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    Hello Monika and Petar,

    the bread looks delicious. However, I don't like cumin, so I would leave it out.
    Homemade yeast just needs a little patience. So you can't get the idea of ​​wanting to bake quickly.

    Best regards
    Liana

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Liane,

      you can also prepare the bread according to your wishes. If you don't like it spicy, just leave out the caraway and onion. You can make rolls out of the dough and roll them in a sugar-cinnamon mixture before baking them in the oven. It also tastes great. And of course, sesame or other ingredients that are used for bread also fit.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  11. Sirit
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    Thank you for posting this post on Facebook today. For days I've been thinking about how to do this with baking bread, but maybe also an approach for a manikin. Now is the right time for that, I think. So I try to make it myself with the yeast dough. Merci! VG, Sirit from Textwelle

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Sirit,

      what is a male? I don't know that yet. With us, the approach to yeast water for the next yeast cake is already in the kitchen. We have to wait a few more days before we can use it.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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