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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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