If Bree is the epitome of the perfect housewife, then the perfect housewife must also be a religious, conservative protestant. In the first episode of the second season (Next), we discovered that she attends the First Methodist Church of Fairview. I’m surprised that they never mentioned anything about her cooking the communion bread, she seems like the perfect character for that task!
In most Christian churches, you find loaves of fresh baked bread made for communion. In other churches like the Seventh-day Adventist Church, they don’t consume real wine or orthodox bread in their communion service. “SDAs” actually drink a Welch’s-type grape juice and eat unleavened bread. The juice is commonplace, but what on earth is unleavened bread? This special type of bread dates back to the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt to Canaan.When they fled from Egypt, the Israelites didn’t have enough time to let the bread rise. So, God told them not to add leavening, which is yeast, to the dough. Hence the unleavened bread. Basically, this bread is absent of any rising agents like yeast or backing powder. Essentially, it is flat bread.
Occasions for Making this Recipe
Unleavened bread is a perfect complement to any gourmet soup, especially one that is tomato based. I also make this bread every time I see my sister because she always asks for it. Feel free to use it for your gourmet meals, church service, or as a tasty snack!
Unleavened Bread Recipe for the Lord’s Supper
- 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour – I use King Arthur Brand. Whatever you use, make sure it is whole wheat. You can tell if the flour is brown.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F
- Combine the olive oil, water, and salt. Wisk it with a wisk or a fork until its near-frothy white. Alternatively, you can put it in a blender instead.
- Loosely mix the flour to the blend. You don’t want to mix it too much or glutton chains will start to form. When making normal bread, this is desirable. But, since we’re making unleavened bread, it will make it too hard.
- Make sure the dough is the same consistency of a drier batch of cookie dough.
- Grease a cookie sheet well with a hard fat like Crisco, Smart Balance, or any other Trans Fat/Saturated Fat.
- Roll the dough flat (as thin as pie crust). I find it helpful using a hand roller.
- Once the dough is flat, it is necessary to make some incisions so that bubbles will not form in the baking process. I like to cut it into cracker-like squares. If you want to keep larger pieces, simply make a sizable incision every 6-12 inches.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. Watch it constantly after 9 minutes to avoid burn. Browned (not just burnt) communion bread tastes bitter. Adjust the time for crispier or flimsier bread.
The “pious” may think that this is sacrilegious. My response is that if we can drink grape juice, why can’t we make this. Remember communion shouldn’t be so solemn. After all, Jesus and his disciples were celebrating the Passover feast! Think about that while participating in your next communion service. Enjoy!
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|More people are becoming interested in baking communion bread for their churches and for personal use. This website shares my own recipe as well as some thoughts concerning communion and how Jesus is represented in unleavened bread.
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The Ingredients of Unleavened Bread
|The ingredients in this communion bread are symbolic to the teachings of Christ and the purpose of His death on the cross. I noticed this on one particular day of baking the bread.wheat kernels
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24water
“If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” Matthew 5:13
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. It is like precious oil poured on the head…running down the beard.” Psalm 133:2 “You annoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.” Psalm 23Honey
“The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold…they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” Psalm 19:9-10As you take the bread into your body, do not fail to take into your heart all the goodness that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ gives you through His gracious gift of salvation.
|Recipe for Communion Bread(7 loaves)2 cups hot water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp salt (optional)
5-6 cups of wheat flourMix all of the ingredients minus the wheat flour in a mixer
(I use a Bosch mixer with dough hook).
Slowly add flour until the dough wipes clean off of the
sides of the bowl. Mix for 5 – 7 minutes.Divide recipe into six to seven equal balls.
One at a time, take the dough ball and pat into
a 1/4 inch thick circle. Take a fork and pierce
the dough with stripes and a cross.
(Don’t skip the piercing step or the bread will ruin.)Bake at 400 degrees for 14 – 20 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Wrap well and freeze until needed.
Bread will be slightly chewy. If you desire crispy communion bread, roll out very thin and bake longer. The benefit of chewy bread is that it doesn’t crumble and make a mess as people break off their piece.
Some congregations desire bread to be pre-cut. I use Pampered Chef’s crinkle cutter/ julienne cutter – to cut the pieces. It makes a nice, wavy cut.
Watch a YouTube video of me baking the second recipe.
|Thanks to Barry of Memphis, Tennessee for sending in this great recipe using white flour. I made this recipe recently with one cup white flour, one cup wheat flour. The butter in this recipe makes it delicious! This recipe is easy to make with a bowl and wooden spoon. No mixer needed. White Flour Communion Bread(3 loaves)
2 cups white flour
(or one white flour and one wheat flour) 1/2 tsp. salt1 Tbsp. sugar6 Tbsp. butter 3/4 cup milkCombine dry ingredients in a bowl.Cut in butter.Add milk and stir.
Joanie of Portland, OR shares her recipe that is
prepare their homemade “matza” or unleavened bread for Passover.
One difference…they don’t cut the bread into pieces.
They place it into the skillet looking like a tortilla. I like this one.
Take one cup of wheat flour
Gradually add 1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil until it beads up
and incorporates with stirring.
Then incorporate with clean fingers until it looks like a pie crust.
Add gradually 1/2 cup warm water mixed with 1/2 tsp. salt.
Stir with a fork or fingers (fingers work best) until it’s formed into a ball.
Knead ball but don’t overdo it!
Roll it on a non-greased surface to thin thickness and then cut into pieces.
Score and stripe with a fork.
Cook in electric skillet – adding NO GREASE –
at 400 degrees. Watch closely so they don’t burn.
Transfer onto clean paper towels to cool.
Put into bag with the paper towels and then into a freezer bag. Freeze until use.
CONCERNING SALT…Many have questioned the use of salt. Salt does not leaven bread. Baking soda does. The only reason you would not want to use salt is to make the bread kosher for Passover.
Gluten Free Communion Bread
To make gluten-free communion bread, simply substitute JULES GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR instead of the white flour or wheat flour in the recipes.
“(JULES) is expensive but worth it if you need to be gluten-free. I’ve used it and enjoyed the communion bread.” – Dawn M. of Tucson, AZ
Thank you, Dawn, for sharing!
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:14-17, NIV)
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.’ Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.’” (Luke 22:19, 20, KJV)
At Capitol Hill SDA Church, the communion service is open to all, believers, as well as those seeking a closer walk with Christ, and is held quarterly.
Our practice of Communion involves Four Key Components:
- Preparation – we can prepare for the Supper by self-examination, repentance, and confession. This can be done individually, with our families, or in small groups.
- Ordinance of Humility (Foot washing) – the Master ordained the service of foot washing to signify renewed cleansing, to express a willingness to serve one another in Christ-like humility, and to unite our hearts in love; and is done prior to participating in the Lord’s Supper.
- The Lord’s Supper – our partaking of the unleavened bread and unleavened grape juice represents a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Saviour. In this experience of communion Christ is present to meet and strengthen His people. As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again.
- Rejoicing – Matthew 26:30 tells us after the fourth cup, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out…” Likewise, we leave rejoicing for all He has done! Psalm 118:1 says, “I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.”
What to Expect
- 10:45am—Ordinance of Humility / Preparatory Meditations
The congregation will gather, and following prayer, you will be directed to various rooms (women, men, couples, families, seniors, etc.). Also during this period, as you are returning to the Sanctuary, our Elders and music team will facilitate a period of Preparatory Meditation with a series of readings and congregational singing.
- 11:20am—Homily/Serving of Emblems
As we return from foot washing, we continue in worship through a service of congregational singing, a short homily, and The Lord’s Supper (serving of bread and wine) which will be offered to each person by deacons and our young deacons-in-training. The bread and wine will be prayed for by participating elders of the church, and the congregation will drink and eat the emblems together. We conclude the service with a hymn of celebration as we depart to serve.
Wheat and Gluten Free Communion Bread
Capitol Hill serves only gluten free/dairy free bread for its Communion services.
If you want more information about Capitol Hill’s quarterly Communion Service, or if you are home-bound and would like to have one of our Elders to serve Communion in your home, contact James Mitchell, Head Elder, at (202) 543-1344.