Communion Bread
2 C all purpose flour
2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C sugar
3/4 t. Baking soda
3/4 t. Salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 C water
Pre-heat oven to 375º.
Mix dry ingredients together completely. In a separate bowl mix together the melted butter and water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly, mixing constantly until thoroughly mixed. Dough will resemble a wet biscuit dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured board, wax or parchment paper, or Silpat®. Knead dough gently several times by folding over in a tri-fold fashion, adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking. When dough is smooth, roll into a log in the wax paper or Silpat® and put in the freezer/refrigerator for at least 10 minutes (this makes dough easier to handle and portion).
Prep two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. When oven is preheated, remove dough from fridge and portion into 8 roughly equal portions. Dust dough, board, and your hands with flour to prevent sticking; then roll the portions into balls and pat them into circles about 4-5” wide and about 1/2” thick (or use a rolling pin to roll them out). Put them on the baking sheets with plenty of space between them. Cook on the middle rack for about 5 minutes. You want them to be still soft on top.
Remove them from the oven and using a dough scraper, knife, or other straight edge score a cross across the top of each loaf (careful not to go too deeply or the bread may break before the fraction). Return them to the oven for another 6 minutes or until done (bread will be slightly puffy and will spring back when touched lightly—slightly underdone is better than overdone!).
Remove bread from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely. Place in freezer bag and deliver by 10:00 am on Saturday. Bread is best when prepared Friday night or Saturday morning.
Any questions? Contact Janet Poley. You can deliver to church or to Janet’s home. If you deliver to church, put the bread in the kitchen refrigerator marked as “communion bread” and marked with the date.
It’s nice if you present the bread you have prepared at the altar at the offertory of the service you attend, but not necessary.
This is a wonderful expression of service and care for your church family! Thank you!