Recipe: 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
  • 1 1/2 tps. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Scant 2 cups milk kefir


  1. Mix flour and salt well in a large bowl. Pour in honey and 1 1/2 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.

At A Glance

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 50 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour, 5 minutes