As if your Insta-pot wasn’t already amazing enough, we found out that you can use it to make instant pot bread too! Say what?

    Learn the technique to convert any bread recipe and a list of 16 other amazing recipes that will make your home smell like a bona fide bakery.

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    Before we dive in, let’s get a quick crash course on the two main types of bread we’ll be covering: yeast bread & quick bread.

    Difference between quick bread & yeast bread

    When you make bread dough, you need something to make the dough rise. The ingredient you use is what classifies it as yeast bread or quick bread.

    What is yeast bread

    Yeast bread uses, you guessed it, good ‘ole yeast to make that happen. The yeast reacts with warm water to ultimately create carbon dioxide, which helps make the bread dough rise.

    It takes TONS of time for the yeast to do its thing, so traditionally you just had to be reaaaally patient while the bread “proofs” before you actually bake it. Fortunately, your insta-pot now changes that big time.

    What is quick bread

    Quick bread is any bread that uses a leavening agent other than yeast, such as baking soda or baking powder.

    The “quick” in “quick bread” refers to the fact that the batter doesn’t require proofing time or a whole lotta kneading. Because you can just pop the batter into the oven, it’s a lot…well, quicker.

    Quick breads can be fully cooked using just an instant pot, no other equipment required.

    With yeast bread, the instant pot is used to speed up the proofing process and slashes the overall recipe time by A LOT. Some yeast breads can take 24 hours or more to make from start to finish (nope no typo there), but the instant pot can cut that down to only a few!

    This is a handy tip for converting bread recipes for the instant pot, but if you want to follow instructions to a T, try these delicious instant pot bread recipes.

    How to proof bread in instant pot

    Instead of waiting all day for your bread dough to proof, you can make the yeast put their pedal to the instant pot metal:

    Step 1. Make the dough as normal according to your recipe. Stop where it begins instructing you to set it aside covered and in a warm place to proof.

    Step 2. Put your dough on some parchment paper.

    Step 3. Insert the steamer rack into the inner pot like you normally would.

    Step 4. Secure the lid firmly.

    Step 5. Change your valve setting to VENTING.

    Step 6. Turn on the instant pot and press the YOGURT button with LOW HEAT.

    Using this method, it will take less than 30 minutes to double the dough size. At this point, take out the dough (which should be a little sticky and bubbly-looking) and knead it a little. If your recipe calls for you to re-rise the dough, repeat this process one more time. Otherwise, continue on with the rest of your recipe and get baking!

    Whole wheat bread

    Add extra oomph…well, crunch…to this artisan bread, which a variety of seeds and oats. (via Tidbits Marci)

    Sourdough bread

    Got leftover whey from instant pot yogurt? Then it’s perfect for this Dutch oven style, crusty sourdough bread. (via This Old Gal)

    French bread

    Contrary to the slow lifestyle pace of the Europeans, this bread is pretty quick ot make, clocking in at only 90 minutes. (via Cooking with Karli)

    Gluten-free bread

    For you low-carb or specialty diet bread lovers, this one’s for you. It comes with walnuts! (via Corrie Cooks)


    If y’all like your Southern cooking, then you’ll find this recipe to be quite fine. (via The Foodie Eats)

    Dinner rolls

    Light, buttery, soft. What else more could you want from your dinner rolls? (via Imagelicious)

    Hawaiian rolls

    For a sweet spin, add some pineapple juice and coconut milk. No kneading required. Plus these rolls are vegan!
    (via Imagelicous)

    Cheese bread

    Brazilian style bread. Perfect browning on top. Chewy, cheesy bread. (via Two Sleevers)

    Garlic bread

    This savory, pull-apart monkey bread is warm, cheesy goodness with rosemary. (via Unicorns in the Kitchen)

    Ciabatta bread

    This is fantastic sandwich bread that’s airy and chewy. (via Cooking with Karli)

    Pizza dough

    This dough makes the perfect amount of thin crust to pile with your favorite toppings. (via Instapottin with Poonam)

    Zucchini bread

    If you’re looking for something light and healthy, try this not-too-sweet bread that’s just right for the morning or with your afternoon tea. (via Ministry of Curry)

    Pressure cooker banana bread

    This recipes calls for low-carb flour, which make this a healthier treat that you can have for breakfast or dessert. (via Stay Snatched)

    Cream cheese cinnamon rolls

    For a more decadent dessert-type bread, try these rolls slathered with cream cheese and cinnamon. (via Lamberts Lately)

    Bread pudding

    This one’s got the works, with cinnamon, raisins, and a caramel pecan sauce. Mmm… (via Pressure Cooking Today)

    Learn how to use your instant pot to make bread, then try your hand at making these delicious instant pot bread recipes. Use your insta-pot to proof your yeast dough in way less time, or make quick breads entirely in your insta-pot. When you see how easy it is to make bread with an instant pot, you’ll see why it’s the best thing since…sliced bread!




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