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Simple Milk Kefir Yeast Bread


Kefir contains various strains of yeast. These yeasts are similar in properties to those found in a sourdough starter, so kefir can be used make bread with no additional yeast or sourdough starter!



  • 4 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Scant 2 cups milk kefir

  1. Mix flour and salt well in a large bowl. Pour in honey and 1½ cups milk kefir; mix well. Add additional milk kefir until dough is sticky but pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  2. Knead 5-10 minutes or until dough is soft and smooth.
  3. Transfer to an oiled bowl and ferment for 12-24 hours.
  4. Punch down. Place in a loaf pan, cover, and let rise in a warm place until it reaches the top of the pan.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until done through and golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

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