The Amazing Ingredient Your Breads Are Missing

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You may make what you think is a perfect loaf, but if you haven’t tried making yogurt bread, you’re missing out. Take my word for it. I thought I knew everything about making bread at home, but I’d largely ignored the existence of yogurt breads until a friend of mine who’s on a fermented foods kick insisted I give them a try.

I didn’t even know yogurt was a fermented food, but that’s another matter…

So why should you try yogurt bread? Because it yields the most delicious, fluffy bread you’ve ever tried – and yogurt works especially well with whole grains. Yogurt had been around since the Neolithic period, if what the FoodTimeline.org site claims is true, and yogurt bread is nothing new, either. Many recipes for naan, sourdough, and soda bread show yogurt being used to replace buttermilk or added to enrich the dough.

Why Make Yogurt Bread?

According to an article in the Idaho Statesman, more than $7.4 billion of yogurt was sold in 2014. The yogurt market is booming, and with good reason. Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotic bacteria, which can reduce inflammation, ease digestion, and help boost your immune system. I guess my friend was right…there really is something good about fermented foods.

There’s something more to yogurt bread than probiotics, however. Flavor is a major reason that more and more bakers are adding this underestimated and ancient ingredient to their breads and baked goods. And it’s also the main reason I gave yogurt bread a try.

The Best Yogurt Bread Recipe I’ve Tried Only Uses 2 Ingredients

The flavor of sourdough is unmistakable, but it’s too strong for some palates. If you like that sour edge, but don’t want a bread that’s too sour, you can find a great balance by using yogurt. The following yogurt bread recipe comes from the Oh Bite It! blog, and embodies the thing I love best in a good bread – simplicity. It only has two ingredients!

2 cups of Greek yogurt

1 ½ cups of self-rising flour

Can you believe it? I was in shock when I saw the recipe, but it was worth it…delicious, decadent, and tasting like it took hours to make, it’s the easiest bread recipe I’ve ever put to the test.

The directions are just as easy – just mix it all together and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

If you’d like to try a bread machine recipe, take a look at this one from Sumptuous Spoonfuls. The blogger’s father is a man with a passion for bread, and he created this delightful version of whole wheat yogurt bread that you’re sure to love:

“Yes, there are 2 c. of whole wheat flour, but they are added at separate times. I know he has a reason for this, but I don’t quite know what it is …

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 2/3 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 t. yeast
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. bread flour
  • 1 c. plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 c. water

Directions:

  1. Add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed.
  2. Put your bread machine on the dough cycle. When the dough cycle is complete, take the dough out and shape it into a loaf in a loaf pan. (Yes, you can just cook it in the bread machine if you prefer to do it that way!)
  3. Let rise in a warm place for 30 – 35 minutes or until it’s big and puffy. (To rise it in the oven, turn the oven on till the bottom element gets red, then turn it off. The oven is then just the right temperature to rise bread.)
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 – 35 minutes or until nicely browned.”

Soft, fresh, and fluffier than your favorite white bread, a well-made yogurt bread is a true treat. The results you’ll get with whole wheat are phenomenal – the yogurt helps break down the gluten and other proteins in the whole wheat flour, and produces a better texture, while keeping the delicious whole wheat flavor you’re used to from a good whole wheat bread.

I’ll admit, I’m not sold on all fermented foods yet, but if they taste as good as this yogurt bread, I might be adding more of them to my diet in the near future. How many of you eat fermented foods on a regular basis? Any other bread recipes you know that use them? Share a favorite with me. I’ll try it, and if I love it as much as you do, you’ll see it here on the blog in the near future! In the meantime, don’t skimp on the yogurt next time you bake…yogurt bread is one of those delightful treats that’s healthy for you and delicious, too!

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