Yeastless Wheat Bread Recipe

Some people cannot eat yeast. Nevertheless, there is a way to make wheat bread rise without it. Baking soda does the trick, creating the little air bubbles that are needed. However, it should be noted that using baking soda in place of yeast will give the bread a somewhat different texture. The flavor may have a lingering soda taste. Even so, the result is a tasty bread that will complement any meal and is consistent enough to be made into toast.

3 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup oil (can be olive oil or vegetable oil)

Without sifting the flour, mix the dry ingredients. Mix water and oil and add to bowl. Stir until all try ingredients are wet. The dough should be moist but not sticky. Wait a few minutes to make sure the liquids are fully absorbed. If necessary, add a little more flour.

With oiled hands, shape the dough into a ball. Place on a baking sheet. Lightly cut an "X" into the top of the bread dough. Be careful not to overwork the dough. Since this bread does not have yeast, it will not need to rise or be kneaded. The actual rising process will occur in the oven by the action of the baking soda. Do not leave the dough sit for hours. It should be baked soon after preparation for 35 - 40 minutes at 400° F.

This bread will not have the same consistency as standard bread. It will be more crumbly, like a cake or biscuit. However, it should be cohesive enough to be used as toast. This recipe does not convert well to the bread machine.

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