I have been baking a lot of bread lately and I recently discovered my daughters love for freshly baked bread. As I have mentioned before she is not a great fan of my other bakes and cakes but she just LOVES my bread! When I make my ‘sweet brown bread’ she just eats plain slices and if the bread is not sweet she eats it with my homemade jam.
A couple of days ago she asked for some bread in the evening. My previous loaf had just gotten over and I hated the thought of buying a loaf outside. Where I live I only get sweet white bread and supermarket loaves and I totally dislike the taste of both. At the same time it was too late in the evening (not warm enough) for me to start baking with yeast and of course my 2.5 year old was not going to wait for 5-6 hours for her bread.
I decided to bake a loaf of quick bread for her. Since I have always enjoyed baking with yeast I had never baked quick breads before. I want online searching some easy, really quick recipe. I came across multiple beer bread recipes and I was amazed with the ease of it! It also looked rustic and beautiful. Since I didn’t want to bake with beer I decided to replace it with club soda. I am so glad I attempted this because it really was one of the best tasting breads I have had.
It’s SIMPLE, easy, quick and tastes awesome! No yeast, no waiting, no oil and all whole wheat! I don’t think I have any excuse to not make my bread and buy from outside. I have always told that there is no need to fear yeast and I still stand by it but if that’s what is stopping you from baking bread PLEASE try this bread. You will be glad you did!
I used only whole wheat flour and the bread was still moist, soft with lovely crumb. I also added a tbsp of sugar for slight sweetness, skip it altogether for a more grown up taste. I added some whole flax seeds and sesame seeds for nuttiness, crunch and nutrition. I have already made a couple of different variations with rosemary and cumin and pepper. Experiment with different flavours.
Edited -Please store this loaf in the refrigerator as I felt it lacks the shelf life of a normal yeast bread.
Also this recipe is dedicated to one of my readers Malini who said her daughter is allergic to yeast breads and asked me if she could bake bread without yeast. Hope this helps you Malini…
- 3 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp whole flax seeds
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 cups of club soda
Combine all the dry ingredients and combine well. Make sure the baking-powder mixes with everything else well. Now pour 2 cups of cub soda. Measure carefully, trying not to let it froth up. It’ll froth up the moment you add it to the flour mixture. Combine everything well.
Fold the dough into a greased loaf pan. sprinkle some more flax seeds and sesame seeds on top. Bake at 200 degree C for 45-50 minutes till the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Wait for the loaf to cool down a bit before you cut into it.