Sourdough Bread Machine Recipe – No Yeast No Problem!

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So you want to make some bread but you’re all out of instant yeast. No yeast? No worries! With a sourdough bread machine, and an active starter, you won’t have to worry about the missing ingredient.

Sourdough bread machine recipe no yeast no problem!

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Sourdough bread machine recipe no yeast no problem!

Sourdough Bread Machine Recipe with No Yeast

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This delicious no-yeast sourdough bread makes the perfect sourdough sandwich loaf to sink your teeth into. Baking sourdough bread in a bread machine makes the experience easier, and incredibly relaxing. So why not put your feet up while your sourdough loaf is in the process of becoming delicious bread?

  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 90g active sourdough starter
  • 330g filtered water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 495g all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt


  1. Feed your sourdough starter in the morning or night before bed, so that it is ready to use first thing in the morning. Your starter should have doubled in volume, meaning that it is ready to use.
  2. Place all your ingredients into the bread machine, with the paddle in place.
  3. Place 90g of starter, 330g of water, 2 teaspoons of honey, 495g of flour, and 2 teaspoons of sea salt.
  4. Start your bread machine and allow it to run through a regular loaf cycle for this basic sourdough bread recipe. Remove the bread dough just before baking begins.
  5. Transfer the dough ball to a lightly floured surface and shape it into a batard or boule.
  6. Turn your dough over and place it into a proofing basket, or cheesecloth-lined bowl, seam side up. Bulk ferment your sourdough in a warm spot for 3-5 hours.
  7. Place a cast iron pot or Dutch oven into your oven, and preheat it to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover the sourdough and transfer it to a large square of parchment paper. Score the dough with a knife or razor blade.
  8. Use your parchment paper to lift and lower the bread dough into your hot Dutch oven. Place the lid on and cook the sourdough for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the lid and bake uncovered for a further 15 minutes. And there you have it, a simple bread machine sourdough recipe!
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Protein: 10 g

What Is A Bread Machine?

A bread machine is essentially a home appliance used for baking bread. It includes a bread pan attached at the bottom with built-in paddles placed in the center of the bread machine. Most bread machines will have different cycles to accommodate different types of dough, including white bread, whole grain, French or pizza dough.

Why Make Sourdough In A Bread Machine?

Making sourdough bread in a bread machine will make life much easier for avid sourdough bakers because the machine takes care of pretty much everything. From mixing to autolyzing and gluten development, this incredible contraption literally has your back!

Can You Make Bread Rise Without Yeast?

Generally no, you will require some form of yeast to make your bread rise, whether that is commercial yeast or the natural yeast found in sourdough bread.

However, there are occasions when you can replace yeast altogether with ingredients like baking soda or baking powder to trigger a quick rise.

How Does Sourdough Rise Without Yeast?

Sourdough is a type of naturally leavened bread, meaning that it does not require commercial yeast to rise. Instead, it requires a simple combination of flour and water to create a starter that is fermented and gradually attracts wild yeast and good bacteria. This is then added to sourdough bread recipes to help the dough rise.

What Can I Use Instead of Yeast in a Bread Maker?

Yeast plays a critical role in bread-making as it’s responsible for the fermentation process that causes the dough to rise. However, if you don’t have yeast, there are a few possible alternatives you can try:

  1. Baking Powder – A good rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon of baking powder for every cup of flour in your recipe.
  2. Baking Soda – Use 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar for every cup of flour in your recipe.
  3. Starter – This can be used to make bread, but it may take longer for the bread to rise.
  4. Beer – Keep in mind that the flavor of the beer will affect the flavor of the bread.

Keep in mind that these substitutes will not provide the exact same results as yeast, and you may need to adjust your recipe and/or baking times accordingly.

Sourdough Bread Machine

If you like to use a bread machine to make sourdough bread then you’ll find yourself using it more often! It’s a great way to get most of the process out of the way, and then remove the dough in time for bulk fermentation. And before you know it your loaf of sourdough is hot and ready for your cooling rack!

Sourdough Bread Machine Recipe No Yeast FAQs

What Does Bread Machine Sourdough Look Like?

Bread machine sourdough is no different from regular sourdough, apart from the quick, smooth kneading, that requires no human strength, and is effectively completed with the push of a button! Your bread machine sourdough will emerge the same as a normal artisan loaf, so don’t worry too much about a drastic change!

How To Make Bread Using Sourdough Starter in a Bread Machine?

In your bread machine basket, pour in your sourdough starter, then add the flour. Then add sugar, honey, salt, and butter. Pour some water around the edges of the baking basket. Set your bread machine to the kneading cycle for 30 minutes.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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