Sunday, March 29, 2020

How to Make Unleavened Communion Bread

Making Unleavened Communion Bread at Home

At different times, my family has not been close enough to a congregation to attend services. At those times, we held services at home. I made the unleavened bread.

With the Covid-19 virus causing so many congregations, including the congregation we attend, to temporarily shut the doors, there is a need for many to know how to make unleavened bread for their own services.

Should we shut the doors temporarily?

There are those who that argue the doors should not be closed in this time of virulent disease.

They support their arguments with passages that say we should obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). And this is true.

However, how many of those same people would argue that we should never close the doors due to ice on the streets, floods on the low-water crossings, or tornado warnings? It's the same thing.

This is not the government telling us we cannot be Christians. This is conscientious leaders taking into consideration the health and safety of the congregation.

What is unleavened bread?

Unleavened bread has no leavening. Leavening is what makes bread rise and includes soda, baking powder, and yeast. It also doesn't have salt. It does, however, have oil. Without the oil, it won't stick together and make proper unleavened bread. It's really easy to make and can be done start to finish in 15 to 20 minutes. Here is the easy unleavened bread recipe I use.

Unleavened Bread

2/3 cup flour
1 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. water.

Additional water as needed.

Mix oil and water. Pour into flour and stir until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If the mixture is too dry, add up to 3 tsp. water, one teaspoon at a time until it forms a smooth dough.

Knead ten times. Roll out 1/8 inch thick. Bake on an ungreased pan at 400-degrees.

For extra crispy bread, use a spatula to turn the bread over as soon as the edges begin to lightly brown.

Bake until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container or a zippered freezer bag.

Store in the freezer, removing what is needed each Sunday for communion.

This recipe makes enough bread for two for up to six to eight weeks. How long it lasts for you and your family will depend on the number of people being served.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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